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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  http://bit.ly/u38aD and  http://bit.ly/ZLPTg Morehttp://bit.ly/2OL2D

New Zealand scraps Controversial ‘3 Strikes’ Anti-Piracy Law which would have led to alleged copyright infringers being disconnected from the internethttp://tinyurl.com/d86ra6

A major new report published by the Rowntree Trust on the database state via Open Democracy http://is.gd/owLG

guardiantech: Channel 4’s 4ip fund invests in discussion tool Yooskhttp://bit.ly/10KIt  ‘famous people. you ask. we connect. they answer’ Based in Warwickshire and Vietnam. About Yoosk . Download pdf http://yoosk.com/about-us.aspx

Music Week on Digital Rights Agency http://tinyurl.com/cbskeh. Geoff Taylor of the BPI would like government  enforcement against filesharing, but cheaper.

“…the [digital] rights agency is ‘an answer looking for a question’…without a clear remit or responsibility.” http://bit.ly/dright

No case for copyright extension on sound recordings. Academics’ letter to Times.http://bit.ly/1ilR3r

Downloadable font formats for the Web (article): http://dbaron.org/log/20090317-fontsAn example of thinking about how the rights of creators can be respected without  resorting to DRM.  Exactly the kind of pragmatic discussion we should be having about other forms of creative work.

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March 23, 2009 at 7:04 pm

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EU copyright extension vote delayed

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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 proposal, MEPs have delayed voting till the end of April.

MEPs are waking up to the reality that the proposal to extend copyright term doesn’t do what it says. It’s a terrible and unworkable instrument that will do nothing but bring copyright into disrepute in the eyes of consumers. If you’re concerned about the need for a fair and balanced copyright framework you must contact your MEPs now. Make your voice heard!

In other news this week Professor Martin Kretschmer, Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management Bournmemouth, and Horace Trubridge, Assistant General Secretary of the British Musicians’ Union, have been debating the copyright term extension proposal. Additionally copyright creators in the Association for Fair Audiovisual Copyright in Europe have launched a petition against the proposal.”

More, links

MEPs back off from copyright term extension vote!

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March 19, 2009 at 6:07 pm

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Newspapers: Seattle Post-Intelligencer ends printing. Staff cuts, continues as web-only publication http://bit.ly/L1OnJ

iPod headphones aren´t DRMed, just controlled by a proprietary chip that you have to license  http://bit.ly/YdnM4

Guardian Tech OFCOM sets out challenge of broadband Britain http://bit.ly/SsqGL

More James Boyle and ‘How extending copyright term in sound recordings actually works’ with link to PDF http://bit.ly/YdnM4

Guardian Tech Richard Smith. Good summary of James Boyle’s case for The Public Domain. http://bit.ly/qEM2

UK IPO office: since July ISPs issuing 1,000 notifications a week on behalf of copyright holders to P2P users http://bit.ly/8baGq

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March 18, 2009 at 9:23 am

Clay Shirky on newspapers & journalism

“Society doesn’t need newspapers. What we need is journalism. For a century, the imperatives to strengthen journalism and to strengthen newspapers have been so tightly wound as to be indistinguishable. That’s been a fine accident to have, but when that accident stops, as it is stopping before our eyes, we’re going to need lots of other ways to strengthen journalism instead.

When we shift our attention from ’save newspapers’ to ’save society’, the imperative changes from ‘preserve the current institutions’ to ‘do whatever works.’ And what works today isn’t the same as what used to work.”

Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable

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March 17, 2009 at 7:53 pm

iPhone OS 3.0

Live iPhone OS 3.0 event coverage from gdgt.com

“We are SO excited about this. Incredible features for devs and our customers. Let me re-cap: in-app purchase, peer-to-peer connectivity, accessories, embeddable maps, push notifications, cut/copy/paste/undo, landscape keyboarding, MMS, new app (Voice Memos), CalDAV / ICS subs, stock enhancements, search and Spotlight… just a few of the more than 100 new features and 1k new APIs that make up iPhone 3.0.

3.0 ships this summer for free.

As a bonus, we’ve enabled it to work on the original iPhone. The hardware’s changed though: MMS and A2DP won’t be available on the original iPhone.” iPod touch users: $10.

Developer beta today, shipping for the rest of us this summer.”

http://bit.ly/HCXVY

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March 17, 2009 at 7:52 pm

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EU copyright extension: corporate gain, public cost

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Academics warn of the dangers and costs of extending copyright term on sound recordings to 70 or 95 years. The European Parliament votes on 23rd March.

Extracts

“Such an extension, from 50 to 95 years (or perhaps 70 years), will harm Europe’s culture and economy.

The European Parliament is being asked to remove sound recordings from the public domain for another generation, ostensibly in order to benefit performers. In reality, copyright extension will serve the shareholders of four major multinational companies that control the valuable recordings of the 1960s (Universal, Warner, Sony and EMI).

It is not surprising that many performers’ organisations and collecting societies support the Proposed Directive. They do not have to carry the costs – which are likely to exceed EURO 1 billion to the general public …. Many performers also do not appear to understand that the proposal would lead to a redistribution of income from living to dead artists.

If Europe wishes to keep its ability to innovate, it must not lock in the current industry structure at a moment of great technological change, it must not inhibit digital creators and archives in the exploration of music – music which has been paid for once already, during the existing term!

The public will not be fooled. If copyright law, cynically, departs from its purpose, piracy becomes an easy option.”

Download press release PDF 

Via Open Rights Group 

Studies of copyright term and an open letter to David Lammy, Minister for Intellectual Property (and co- presenter of the UK Digital Rights Agency proposal.)

“ it is hard to discern a compelling ‘moral’ case for a proposal whose prime effect is to benefit major label shareholders and a few, already highly successful, artists while imposing significantly greater costs on new creators, the general listening public and the custodians of our cultural heritage.”

Bournemouth University Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management

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March 16, 2009 at 7:20 pm

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Proposed Digital Rights Agency. Comment now.

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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 go to http://writetoreply.org/strawman/

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March 16, 2009 at 10:06 am