Category Archives: UK copyright

Digital Economy Bill

JP Rangaswami to the music industry: The Digital Economy Bill: Be Careful What You Wish For   BBC: Call for ‘fuller’ debate on Digital Economy Bill   The debate in Parliament Download Tera consultants Building a Digital Economy report PDF “The substitution rate represents the number of units that would likely have been sold if […]

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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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No extension of copyright exemption for mashups

“The Government has responded to a consultation paper published by the European Commission on copyright reform. That consultation asks whether the European Union’s Copyright Directive should be amended to introduce exemptions for ‘user-created content’. User-created content can include individuals’ use of professionally-produced music, film, video or images for a new or different purpose to the […]

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Digital Britain: watch and listen

The Digital Britain report is open to comment until 12th March. On 24th February NESTA hosted a conference on delivering Digital Britain. Many of the key players were present. Video and audio is now available. It is an extraordinary opportunity to see the development of public policy enacted. Watch and listen. NESTA delivering Digital Britain I’ve seen Carter’s […]

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Write to reply update

Something wonderful is happening around the Write to reply site. In addition to the WordPress plugin which allows people to comment on the Carter report Digital Britain, there is a a bunch of developer activity: Netvibes, different visualisations of the comment cloud, experiments with iPhone and ebook readers …  a whole ecosystem of democratic engagement […]

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Show us a better way update

The show us a better way competition, which invited proposals for better ways of communicating public information, reports back on the winning entries Lots of interesting mashups with public data. Sadly the Ordnance Survey only temporarily freed up data they control for use in the competition. Shortly afterwards “Ordnance Survey has emailed local government […]

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Get Carter reports: ‘The Government’s Digital Britain plan is a failure that gives favourable treatment to the music business and props up failed business models, a software trade body has said. ‘The Federation Against Software Theft and Investors in Software (FAST IiS), which promotes the legitimate use of software, has launched a stinging attack on the […]

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