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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 
10 weeks ago by jm
Link without fear – Copyright in Ireland in a Digital Age
The Copyright Review Committee report has been published. Headline recommendations:

Ensure the right of free speech is a central element of the new copyright regime, including in the areas of parody and satire;
Legalise legitimate forms of copying by introducing an explicit and broadly defined “Fair Use” policy.
Ensure the extent of copyright ownership is balanced against the public good;
Design a system which is clear to all parties, including end users;
Design an enforcement mechanism which is easy to understand, transparent and accessible to all parties;
Target penalties at those who infringe on copyright rather than on third parties such as intermediaries;
Future-proof the new regime by basing it on applicable principles rather than rules relevant to today’s technology only;
Make it easy for end-users to identify and engage with owners of copyright material.


Here's hoping Sean Sherlock now does what he said he'd do, and acts on these recommendations.
copyright  law  ireland  reports  fair-use  free-speech  satire  parody  copying  copyfight  ownership  ip  drm  linking 
october 2013 by jm
How The Copyright Industry Pushed For Internet Surveillance | TorrentFreak
Rick Falkvinge with a good point:
The reason for the copyright industry to push for surveillance is simple: any digital communications channel can be used for private conversation, but it can also be used to share culture and knowledge that is under copyright monopoly. In order to tell which communications is which, you must sort all of it – and to do that, you must look at all of it. In other words, if enforcing the copyright monopoly is your priority, you need to kill privacy, and specifically anonymity and secrecy of correspondence.


This was exactly my biggest worry -- a side-effect of effective copyright filtering is the creation of infrastructure for online oppression by the state.
copyright  privacy  state  data-protection  rick-falkvinge  copyfight  internet  filtering  surveillance  anonymity 
july 2013 by jm
DJEI - Copyright S.I. signed and consultation process launched on copyright and innovation - Minister Sherlock
Sean Sherlock says the new SI will "establish Irish copyright law on a firm footing to encourage innovation, foster creativity", which is pretty bloody hilarious. plus a nice little dig at the online campaign: "As there are clearly many diverse interests, it is important that interested parties come together and work in a constructive way to map the path forward." They really don't have a clue what they've done. After 20 years of Labour first prefs, I'm never voting Labour again
labour  ireland  politics  sean-sherlock  copyright  copyfight 
february 2012 by jm
YouTube Identifies Birdsong As Copyrighted Music - Slashdot
'So I asked some questions, and it appears that the birds singing in the background of my video are Rumblefish's exclusive intellectual property."' Major problems with how YouTube is now policing IP infringement, it seems
birdsong  absurd  google  fail  youtube  rumblefish  copyfight 
february 2012 by jm
Canadian Universities Agree To Ridiculous Copyright Agreement That Says Emailing Hyperlinks Is Equal To Photocopying | Techdirt
'The agreement reached last month with the licensing agency includes provisions defining e-mailing hyperlinks as equivalent to photocopying a document, an annual $27.50 fee for every full-time equivalent student and surveillance of academic staff email.' wow, incredibly bad terms
copyright  canada  hyperlinks  copyfight  techdirt  licensing  academia 
february 2012 by jm
Great Hacker News thread on Andy Baio's "Kind Of Screwed" shakedown
full of good commentary on the rather horrific result. here's one: "I wonder how the photographer would feel if the company that manufactured the trumpet played by Miles Davis had claimed that his photograph violated the copyright of their "sculpture" and the tailor Miles got his suit from also protested. Of all art forms, photography has some of the least claim on being an entirely original creation of the artist."
photography  miles-davis  jay-maisel  andy-baio  waxy  hn  discussion  copyright  copyfight  creativity  art 
june 2011 by jm
This Bacteria is Violating Copyright | tor.com | Science fiction and fantasy | Blog posts
the Joyce estate playing their usual role. 'are we now nearing a point where copyright law can result in the retraction of a life form?' (via John Looney)
copyright  dna  bacteria  james-joyce  joyce-estate  frivolous  lawsuits  copyfight  craig-venter  from delicious
april 2011 by jm
One of the ICE domain seizures was a legit mp3 blog, posting legal promo mp3s
At least one of the sites seized by DHS was an mp3 blog which posted authorised, promotional mp3s, sent from record label VPs and artists -- ie. none of the supposedly "infringing" files, actually were infringing. (via Tony Finch)
mp3  music  piracy  law  ice  dhs  filesharing  copyright  copyfight  techdirt  via:fanf  seizure  mp3blogs  from delicious
december 2010 by jm
Irish ISP was lucky - l@w.geek.nz
Kiwi lawyer on the EMI v UPC case, lots of good commentary (via Eoin O'Dell)
emi  upc  law  ireland  nz  via:cearta  copyfight  from delicious
october 2010 by jm
Senator Paschal Mooney parrots the EMI "Aslan filesharing" story
'There is a perception that the big five record companies, all international companies, have been ripping off the consumer for many years. I do not want to be seen as an apologist for the music industry [jm: oh really], but at the lower level I can give a specific example to highlight the impact of illegal downloading on Aslan, an Irish band. [... blah blah...] Why must we wait for a High Court judgment to be made before we introduce relevant legislation? This is not the first time it has happened in the copyright sector.' -- wait, the what? It's a SECTOR now?!! wtf (via Charles Julienne)
copyright-sector  copyfight  omgwtf  paschal-mooney  seanad  ireland  aslan  emi  irma  filesharing  from delicious
october 2010 by jm

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