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Our copyright laws are stealing from the mouths of Charles Dickens' great-great-great-great grandchildren On Tuesday 14th, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) posted a message on RnBXclusive.com, stating: "If you have downloaded music using this website you may have committed a criminal offence which carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment and an unlimited fine under UK law." SOCA's threat is a stirring defence of what we hold dear in this country – the right of a creator to benefit from their intellectual property, whether it be a song, book, film, or game. Without this assurance of compensation, we might not see any new creative works being produced at all, and so it's for this reason that we've continually lengthened copyright terms from 14-28 years as set out by the Statue of Anne in 1710 to "lifetime plus 70 years" today. Eternal Copyright: a modest proposal Eternal Copyright: a modest proposal
When I was 9 years old I got my first computer, an Amiga 500. It was the best computer ever built, with great graphics, amazing sound and seven times faster than the Commodore 64. One of my friends said that the Amiga was useless since you needed to boot it from floppies. On the C64 you could program without even a cassette. Of course the C64 died while the Amiga flourished. The Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde: It's evolution, stupid The Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde: It's evolution, stupid
Crowdsourcing patent prior art discovery to thwart trolls Crowdsourcing patent prior art discovery to thwart trolls March 02, 2012, 10:58 AM — Prior art discovery kills patent trolls, but research is tough. Article One Partners offers an army of geeks recognition and rewards.
STOP GOPA - @Google Online Piracy Act goes into effect March 1st - Please Share
Press release - Public Domain Jam - New Years Night & Brunch | Digital Allmend Wir weisen sie auf folgende Veranstaltung hin: Public Domain Neujahrsbrunch 2012 Generationenübergreifender Neujahrsbrunch für Kinder und Erwachsene Sonntag, 1.01.2012, 12-20 UhrKafi für Dich, Stauffacherstr. 141, 8004 Zürich James Joyces “Ulysses”, Lisa Wengers “Joggeli” und Walther Ruttmanns “Sinfonie der Grossstadt” haben miteinander gemein, dass sie mit dem Jahreswechsel frei vervielfältigt und verändert werden dürfen. Press release - Public Domain Jam - New Years Night & Brunch | Digital Allmend
Some Arguments Against ACTA Some Arguments Against ACTA The ACTA agreement has sparked protests all over Europe It is true that some claims made by some opponents to ACTA have been exaggerated, which is perhaps natural, but is still unfortunate. There is no need to paint ACTA as being worse than it actually is. There are enough things about ACTA to raise concern anyway. Here are some of them:
Music Law Seminar | The "Official" Blog of the University of Texas Law School's Music Law Seminar Google Books and Rap Genius Judge Denny Chin, formerly of the SDNY and now the Second Circuit, has issued his opinion in the Google Books case. (Judge Chin kept a few of his cases when he moved up to the appeals court.). For those unfamiliar with the case, in 2005 Google undertook to digitize entire libraries of books, scanning the entire book in optical text recognition format. Many of the books Google scanned were under copyright and Google never sought permission from copyright owners prior to making its digital copies. Several authors filed a purported class action suit against Google. Music Law Seminar | The "Official" Blog of the University of Texas Law School's Music Law Seminar
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Weighs In On Patent Issues: They’re ‘Terrible’ Eric Schmidt, Google’s Executive Chairman and former CEO, took the stage at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco today to talk about a host of topics, including the success of Google Apps, his feelings about Steve Jobs, Google’s recent acquisition of Motorola, with the conversation with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff even ranging into Schmidt’s thoughts on the current landscape facing the U.S. patent market. The executive chairman began by addressing the purchase of Nortel Networks’ roster of patents by a group of buyers that included some of Google’s rivals, including Microsoft and Apple. Fellow TechCruncher MG Siegler covered the back-and-forth between Google and Microsoft that unfolded in regard to the supposition that the group that bought the Nortel patents was effectively attempting to cut the legs out from underneath Android. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Weighs In On Patent Issues: They’re ‘Terrible’