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Issue in focus: the impact of intellectual property regimes on the enjoyment ... French | Spanish The Special Rapporteur has decided to devote her next thematic report to the Human Rights Council (March 2015) to the issue of the impact of intellectual property regimes on the enjoyment of right to science and culture, as enshrined in particular in article 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. More precisely, she intends to address the impact of intellectual property regimes on the right of people to enjoy and access cultural heritage; access by everyone without discrimination to the benefits of science and its applications, including scientific knowledge, technology, and opportunities to contribute to the scientific enterprise; the freedom indispensable for scientific research, including access of researchers to scientific information and advances, as well as collaborative work; artistic freedoms and the right of people to access, contribute to and enjoy the arts; and the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities.

SSRN-id2198934. CopyR in the digital era. Who does the writing and who copies?

EU study protection of creators in changing environment

Does Copyright Foster or Hinder Innovation? Usages transformatifs : quels enjeux juridiques ? News - The Simpsons “Steal This”, an Episode about Copyright. On January 5th, Fox aired what many are calling the best Simpsons episode of the 25th season so far. The episode was called “Steal This”, and without a doubt, it proved to be one of the most entertaining and enlightening debates which demonstrated equally both sides of one of the most controversial subjects that we write and read about daily, copyright issues with pirated movies. If you hope to be able to see this episode on Hulu Plus or a repeat on Fox, you may want to skip to the last paragraph to avoid having this story being a spoiler for you. Homer had wanted to see the movie Radioactive Man, and his co-workers were determined to keep making him hear spoilers about it which Homer wanted no part of.

Homer then decides to give in and pay the high ticket price for the movie and goes to the theater for the 3-D screening. If you didn’t see this episode, the Simpsons Facebook page has three short video clips from it that you can view, and they are also available on YouTube.

Getting Copyright Right for the 21st Century

We Need to Start Seeing Other Futures... Today is the second day of "Copyright Week! " Talk about a lede. That sentence has all the inherent excitement of "Periodontal Health Awareness Week" or "'Hug Your Proctologist! No, After He's Washed His Hands' Week. " And that's a shame. Copyright Week is a week devoted to our relationship with our own culture. Copyright week has a daily series of themes. Those of you who use that useful communications network known as "the Internet" might be interested to know that a treaty that could profoundly affect your rights is now being negotiated by a group of developed states including the United States and the EU. National security? I have heard the argument that transparency would undermine the Trade Representative's policy to complete the trade agreement because public opposition would be significant. What a radical firebrand she is!

I won't try and repeat all those arguments in this space, but here is just one. And this is what we would have got in 2013. Now that is a tragedy. The Law Belongs In the Public Domain. In the week leading up the two-year anniversary of the SOPA blackout protests, EFF and others are talking about key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day, we'll take on a different piece, exploring what’s at stake and and what we need to do to make sure the law promotes creativity and innovation. We've put together a page where you can read and endorse the principles yourself. Let's send a message to DC, Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Brussels, and wherever else folks are making new copyright rules: We're from the Internet, and we're here to help.

For nearly two centuries it has been a basic precept that the law lives in the public domain. It’s simple: in a democratic society, people must have an unrestricted right to read and speak their own laws. Full stop. Of course, that principle means the law can never be subject to copyright restrictions. Simple, right? Of course, access to the law has often been limited in practice. No longer.

Harmonisation of EU copyright: the commission consults

Private Copying and Fair Compensation: A comparative study of co. iP issues in digital world. BREIN refused access ti private banking information in infringement claim. PC World have run an article reporting that a Dutch court has dismissed a case brought by Dutch anti-piracy group BRIEN, saying that privacy laws protecting bank account holders are more important than providing information to identify potential defendants in an alleged copyright infringement caase.

The ruling by the Amsterdam district court favoured ING Bank, saying that that the bank does not have to reveal who has access to a bank account, whose number is posted on the website FTD World PC World explain “FTD World, at, is a Usenet-indexing website that lists links to binary files posted on Usenet. It also provides files in the NZB format listing that allows users to download the posted files more easily. In dismissing BREIN's claims, the court noted that ING were not instrumental in the alleged copyright infringement by FTD World, and only provides bank transactions, which are not essential to the potenttail copyright infringements, with Judge Sj.A. Copyright Review Principles and Consensus. Zechariah Chafee, a godfather of 20 th century legal philosophy, wrote an influential article on copyright law in the early twentieth century.

At that time, technology was exploding: for the first time in history, it was not only possible to record sound and images, but to transmit them across vast distances instantaneously. The law of copyright struggled to keep up with this technological advancement. In the 1950s, Congress began a comprehensive revision process. As it stretched into its second decade, former U.S. Register of Copyrights Barbara Ringer shared her thoughts on the process in her 1974 essay, The Demonology of Copyright ( PDF ). A case study for consensus building Today, the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet will hold a hearing titled, “ A Case Study for Consensus Building: The Copyright Principles Project .”

Agreeing on principles In Justifying Intellectual Property Keeping the Creator in Copyright Review U.S. Footnotes.

The US Experience with Copyright Formalities: A Love/Hate Relati

Where Has the "Author" Gone in Copyright? 3D printing and Copy/TM. Jiplp: Editorial: The future of user-generated content is now. Copyright, Property Rights, and the Free Market « Truth on the Market. Over at Cato Unbound, there has been a discussion this past month on copyright and copyright reform. In his recent contribution to this discussion, Mark Schultz posted an excellent essay today, Where are the Creators?

Consider Creators in Copyright Reform, that calls out the cramped, reductionist view of copyright policy that leads some libertarians and conservatives to castigate this property right as “regulation” or as “monopoly.” Here’s a small taste from his essay: I am genuinely puzzled when copyright discussions treat creative works if they are a pre-existing resource that the government arbitrarily allocates. They are not. They aren’t an imaginary regulatory entitlement, such as pollution credits. They aren’t leases or mineral rights on public land handed out to political cronies. Like other forms of property, copyright thus represents an invitation to a transaction and an opportunity to bargain.

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KC Blog. ECHR: Copyright vs. freedom of expression ECtHR (5th section), 10 January 2013, case of Ashby Donald and others v. France, Appl. nr. 36769/08. By Dirk Voorhoof, Ghent University and Inger Høedt-Rasmussen, Copenhagen Business School. “Although the European Court did not find a violation of Article 10 in the case of Ashby Donald and others v. France, the judgment in this case has definitely confirmed that copyright enforcement, restrictions on the use of copyright protected works and sanctions based on copyright law ultimately can be regarded as interferences with the right of freedom of expression and information.” For the first time in a judgment on the merits, the European Court of Human Rights has clarified that a conviction based on copyright law for illegally reproducing or publicly communicating copyright protected material can be regarded as an interference with the right of freedom of expression and information under Article 10 of the European Convention.

Comment In Szima v. Ancillary copyright madness in Germany and France.

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Commission agrees way forward for modernising copyright in the d. EDRI the challenge of Copyright in digital era. Republican Study Committee (RSC) | The Caucus of House Conservatives. New evidence-based copyright reform campaign launched in the US. As this Kat learnt from her own copy of seminal book A to Z of Style, legendary Christian Dior once said: "In town you cannot be dressed without gloves anymore than you can be dressed without a hat". Transferring this basic rule to the equally fashionable realm of copyright, it seems that nowadays you cannot go around speaking of its possible reforms without mentioning that these have to be evidence-based (if you want to know what evidence means, you can learn it here and here) Not a long time has passed since the publication of Ian Hargreaves's report entitled Digital Opportunity. As UK-based readers will remember,the need for an evidence-based approach to IP (in particular copyright) reforms was advocated therein.

Now Fight for the Future ("A nonprofit working to expand the internet's power for good") has launched a campaign entitled Copyright is Broken: Fix It!. "Instead of promoting free expression and innovation, [copyright] is impeding them.

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Online piracy, Content ID and the role of intermediaries: is this the right direction? A few days ago the Wall Street Journal - this serious blogger's favourite and only (well, sort of) publication in her spare time - published an interesting article discussing the presence of illegally uploaded films on YouTube and asking a question which also 1709 Blog readers might have had for some time now: why isn’t YouTube's Content ID used by rights owners as widely as one might expect to identify and block illicit contents from YouTube? As explained on the relevant page, since 2007 YouTube has made available for free use an advanced set of copyright policies and content management tools to give rights holders control of their content. Content ID allows rights owners to: · Identify user-uploaded videos comprised entirely or partially of their content and · Choose, in advance, what they want to happen when those videos are found.

Make money from them. Get stats on them. . · Content ID scans over 100 years of video every day · More than 120 million videos have been claimed by Content ID. Spotify now available in Italy: this is the way to go. It was only yesterday that I wrote a post in which I ventured to say that the future of entertainment industry relies on the introduction of innovative services, rather than anti-piracy campaigns that in some cases have come to resemble Don Quixote-sque attacks on digital windmills. So I have to say that I was quite delighted when I read on main Italian newspapers (eg here and here) that since yesterday Spotify is available also in the Bel Paese (the country, not the cheese).

Indeed, as commented by the Huffington Post, for Italian music lovers the launch of Spotify felt like Chistmas day. Besides Italy, yesterday the popular music-streaming service which was first launched in Sweden in 2008 became available also in Portugal and Poland, thus reaching the number of 20 countries around the world where consumers can access it. The model proposed by Spotify has become highly successful. The launch of Spotify may result in these numbers getting even higher. A Battle Against the SOPA/PIPA Prohibition. So much has been said, wrote, battled about the Stop Online Piracy Act and its twin Protect IP Act.

I have curated diverse views on SOPA/PIPA on my Pearltrees. You can click on each pearl to access the link content: Some of the main issues, apart from the DNS blocking in itself and the threat to privacy by Deep Packet Inspection for instance, are the question of bogus Notice of Take Down and its chilling effect on freedom of speech. Have a look here at what Milton Mueller says about Deep Packet Inspection. The two studies one by Oxford University and the other by the Dutch group Bits of Freedom are a good illustration of the Notice of Take down chilling effect . Didn’t we, for generations, shared our best books with friends and family? Ultimately, it took time to regulate ISP immunity for third party content generally admitted. On ISPs/Search Engine liability, see here. See on ‘HADOPI, ACTA, Digital Economy Bill: From Human Rights to Economic Rights ‘ A clear SOPA Infographic timeline here.

The Ministry of Sound is currently unavailable !! Thanks to Lilian Edwards for pointing to this : ‘ACS:Law gets more of copyright fines than rights holders‘. Of course, rightss holders not to be confused with the artists. ‘Anonymous DDoS attack takes out Ministry of Sound‘ Davenport passed it onto ACS:Law who passed it onto Gallant Macmillan, acting on behalf of Ministry of Sound.

According to the Guardian, Gallant Macmillan law firm has been ‘seeking a court order to obtain personal details of hundreds of Plusnet customers. • 4.55pm: BT had its adjournment in the hearing of Ministry of Sound vs. Plusnet granted’. ‘ACS:Law: The view from the accused, and the questions in the courts Technollama in ‘ISPs set to fight future IP data disclosure in the UK, explains that ‘Anonymous targeted MoS and Gallant Macmillan with denial-of-service attacks in their operation Payback over the weekend, and at the time of writing the Ministry of Sound website was still down.’ So is Gallant Mcmillan’s website still down. Ironically, ACS:Law meets the downfall. Copyright and Trademark research and experts. UK reform of CopyR. CopyR in the digital era. ISPs and CopyR. Law Professors Urge Congress to Reject PROTE. This Week on Copyright. Lawrence lessig video. Debates: Copyright and wrongs: Guest.