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May's speech ripped off from the West Wing | Streamable
Did Samsung write this one, or did Toby? Either way Lord John Marbury is going to have some explaining to do.
news  politics  fuckwits  bloodytories  copyfight  video 
october 2017 by gominokouhai
Connemara shop in patents row with whiskey multinational
Beam Suntory own a trademark on the name "Connemara" -- utter fiasco. How was this granted? Connemara is a very well-known placename in Ireland
connemara  ireland  ip  trademarks  copyfight  beam-suntory  whiskey 
june 2017 by jm
Secret new European copyright proposal spells disaster for Free Culture
In short, this creates what amounts to a tax on copyright works made available on online streaming services, payable to the collecting societies that administer copyright on behalf of authors and performers (though the tax itself is separate from the copyright holder's economic rights). The tax cannot be waived by the authors or performers themselves, which means that even if they want to make their works available for streaming online for free, the law would tie their hands and prohibit this. The streaming site would still be required to set aside money for "fair remuneration" of the authors and performers, whether they want this or not.
This amendment would eliminate one of the few advantages that small and independent artists enjoy in promoting their work online—the ability to make it available for free. For some such artists, the free online availability of their work builds up a fan base to support future licensing deals, concert tours, and merchandise sales. Others may release some or all of their work for free for non-economic reasons, such as to communicate a message, or simply for the love of their art. Certainly, not all artists do this. But the law as it exists at present at least offers them a choice. Either they can license their work to streaming platforms for money, or they can make it available to such platforms for free. But if this amendment passes, that choice will be taken away from them.

The losers from this proposal are fourfold. Perhaps the biggest losers are the creators themselves, who will face new barriers between their art and their fans and collaborators. The streaming services will also lose out, as they will face higher expenses and will no longer be able to operate non-commercially even if they only carry freely licensed content. Fans, of course, will suffer because of the reduced legal availability of free music and video online. And even the copyright industry will suffer, as the increased costs of legal streaming services may cause creators and fans to shift back to peer to peer file sharing, where copyright infringing works are also exchanged.
by:JeremyMalcolm  from:EFF  copyright  copyfight  geo:EuropeanUnion 
may 2017 by owenblacker
Cory Doctorow: Sole and Despotic Dominion
The camera in your living room, and the wireless insulin pump your six-year-old is wearing, and the Internet-connected car you’re driving down the highway every day, are all reservoirs of long-lived digital pathogens that criminals are free to discover and exploit, but that security researchers are not able to tell you about.

Obviously, this is a disaster.
2016  analysis  essay  copyfight  copywrong  society  device-freedom  intellectual-theft 
january 2017 by bignose
Adobe Asked Google To Censor Techdirt's Story On How Adobe's DRM Got Cracked | Techdirt
Another day, another example of copyright being a tool for censorship. MarkMonitor is one of the largest companies out there in the "IP protection" business -- and they also have a decently long history of filing bogus DMCA notices. And in one of its recent ones... they targeted a Techdirt news story.
Google, thankfully, has a team who reviews these things and rejected the demand. Of course, Adobe/MarkMonitor isn't really trying to censor a story that makes fun of Adobe. That's just collateral damage for the shitty job they do in trying to "protect copyright" by running automated scans.
So, yes, any "censorship" that came out of this would likely have been accidental, but just because censorship is accidental, it doesn't mean that it's inconsequential. The fact that companies that hire MarkMonitor have been rushing around demanding more automated takedown systems, and ridiculous notions like "notice and staydown" that would have created even more harm should be a warning as to why those ideas are a dangerous path.
by:MikeMasnick  from:Techdirt  copyfight  copyright  Adobe  MarkMonitor  DMCA  censorship 
november 2016 by owenblacker
Welcome to Life: the singularity, ruined by lawyers - YouTube
🔵 ABONNEZ-VOUS pour plus de vidéos 🔵 Résume : Envoyé spécial ------- Diffusé sur France 2 le jeudi 13 octobre 2016 à 21:00 - Durée : 2 h 49 Au sommaire : Dan...
pub  life  dead  copyright  future  singularity  video  consciousness_singularity_life_mind_simulation_copyright  copyfight  ai  design-fiction 
october 2016 by ztec
Universal Music's Anti-Piracy Ads Even Crazier Than You Can Imagine
We've discussed this before many times: piracy is *not* an education problem. No matter how much "educating" the industry does, it's not going to change the fact that people like to get their content more conveniently. Apparently that message hasn't gotten through, so the industry keeps ramping up the ridiculousness of each campaign.
2015  news  corporate  copyfight  music  intellectual-theft 
september 2016 by bignose
Brexit: “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” – SCRIPTed
So, Brexit. As the dust not so much settles as temporarily accumulates while we work out what on earth happens next, what are the implications for IT law and UK academe? Are they really as bad as they seemed that morning?

Most IT/IP academics reading this editorial will know how heavily harmonised our chosen disciplines are within the European Single Market. The objective of guaranteeing and promoting a single market for goods and services, free movement of people and of data within Europe, have driven the creation of a raft of directives and regulations which have become the backbone of copyright, data protection and e-commerce laws in the UK.
by:LilianEdwards  from:ScriptEd  Brexit  politics  law  academic  surveillance  copyright  copyfight 
august 2016 by owenblacker
Commissioner Oettinger is about to turn EU copyright reform into another ACTA
The EU is finally preparing its new copyright law. It’s a historic chance to update outdated laws to the new realities and opportunities of the digital revolution. But a leaked draft reveals nothing of the sort.

Instead, Commissioner Oettinger has let the publishing, film and music industries hijack the reform in an attempt to protect old business models from progress – at a tragic cost to freedom of creativity and expression on the internet, startups’ right to innovate and the cause of a Europe without digital borders.
Here’s the worst of the plans:

● Crippling the internet for the publishing industry
● Killing EU startups for the music industry
● Upholding borders online for the film industry
by:JuliaReda  from:JuliaReda  copyright  copyfight  GünterOettinger  geo:EuropeanUnion  politics 
august 2016 by owenblacker
This lawsuit could be the beginning of the end for DRM
Our friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recently filed a lawsuit challenging Section 1201 of the US's Digital Millenium Copyright Act, which provides legal reinforcement to the technical shackles of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM).

Defective by Design applauds this lawsuit and agrees with the EFF that Section 1201 violates the right to freedom of speech. We hope that excising Section 1201 from US law can be the beginning of the end for DRM.
2016  news  legal  copyfight  device-freedom  intellectual-theft 
august 2016 by bignose

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