Category Archives: Copyright & IP

Orphan works EC report

A conservative estimate of the number of orphan books as a percentage of in-copyright books across Europe puts the number at 3 million orphan books (13 % of the total number of in copyright books). The older the books the higher the percentage of orphan works. When handling requests for using older film material, film […]

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PEW Research Center Report: The Impact of the Internet on Institutions in the Future download PDF   When complex business models collapse Clay Shirky on why online video will not generate enough revenue to support the cost base of existing TV companies. [T]here are two ways to generate a profit: raise revenues above expenses, or […]

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Media law in April

Blogpost: BCA Drop Case Against Simon Singh Jack of Kent   And his libel fight is over: 50,000 signatures, 3 party pledges, 268 MPs backing EDM –   Does the Tories’ iPhone App violate the Data Protection Act? Call a friend   UK: Legal experts fear new case of ‘libel tourism’ European Journalism Centre […]

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Creative Commons, copyright & IP in April

Copyright Criminals documentary: sampling & IP law A documentary titled Copyright Criminals, which examines the messy three-way collision between digital technology, musical collage, and intellectual property law used 400 brief but unlicensed clips. ‘… one of those slapped with a suit was George Clinton—for sampling one of his own records. True story. “Yeah, I got […]

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The Pirate Bay: convictions

All four defendants in The Pirate Bay trial have been convicted and face 1 year prison sentences. Torrentfeak The Guardian

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Digital Britain forum

The Digital Britain summit Watch live stream Numerous links to blogs, including Write To Reply. Live Twitter feed @digitalbritain Gordon Brown, Peter Mandelson, OFCOM, cable companies -all the players.

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Argentine philosophy professor Horacio Potel faces criminal charges and a possible jail sentence for posting  translations of Jaques Derrida’s work to his website for his students. Via Boing Boing and More New Zealand scraps Controversial ‘3 Strikes’ Anti-Piracy Law which would have led to alleged copyright infringers being disconnected from the internet A major new report published by the Rowntree Trust on the database state via Open […]

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EU copyright extension vote delayed

Open Rights Group: “Amid intense lobbying in the European Parliament next Monday’s vote on the proposal to extend the term of copyright has been struck offin a shock move. Following a meeting of the presidents of the political groups in the European Parliament on Tuesday, and with controversy and a lack of consensus surrounding the […]

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Newspapers: Seattle Post-Intelligencer ends printing. Staff cuts, continues as web-only publication iPod headphones aren´t DRMed, just controlled by a proprietary chip that you have to license Guardian Tech OFCOM sets out challenge of broadband Britain More James Boyle and ‘How extending copyright term in sound recordings actually works’ with link to PDF […]

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Proposed Digital Rights Agency. Comment now.

Lord Carter’s office have issued a proposal for the Digital Rights Agency referred to in the Digital Britain report. The consultation is open until 30th March. WriteToReply have a site for you to comment on the proposal in detail. You can download the proposal and read the press release from the Intellectual Property Office. To comment […]

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