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The Pirate Bay: convictions

All four defendants in The Pirate Bay trial have been convicted and face 1 year prison sentences.


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April 17, 2009 at 10:56 am

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The Digital Britain summit

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Numerous links to blogs, including Write To Reply. Live Twitter feed @digitalbritain

Gordon Brown, Peter Mandelson, OFCOM, cable companies -all the players.

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British Library: 7,000 music, spoken word and environmental tracks for free listening. 9,000 more for UK Universities

Public Knowledge explains the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). What it is and why it matters.

FT: Internet privacy: As Google launches ‘interest-based’ ads, consumers and regulators are increas.. summary of recent privacy and behavioural advertising issues

Phorm: European Commission concerned the UK does not have an independent national supervisory authority dealing with interceptions.

OUT-LAW: UK’s privacy laws illegally inadequate, says Europe

Alan Mutter: Newspaper web sales lag by every measure.<Wrong kind of advertising>

Newspapers and the internet: Web metrics and the false impression of the power of online. UK pages: 17% viewed online

Nieman journalism lab: only 3% of newspaper reading is online

Goldman Sachs argues “Facts about Goldman Sachs” blog infringes intellectual property rights (Banking Times).

“Intervene in the Google Books Settlement” Under the existing settlement Google would gain a monopoly of orphaned works. Academics open letter to the judge argues for orphaned works to revert to public domain.

Wikileaks: Classified US, Japan amp; EU ACTA trade agreement drafts 2009. Now search, copy, link Goes OpenData. 200 million govt data records. Campaign finance, lobbying, more

Paid Content: Hyperlocal Sites Ready To Fill Lost Newspapers’ Vacancy—Except For One Thing

Wikileaks:Secret US, EU, Japan, Aus, Canada intellectual property trade agreement leaked

Sunlight labs APIs Competition, prizes for developing accountability apps for Congress.

Sunlight Foundation: Mockup of real-time lobbying disclosure

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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 and More

New Zealand scraps Controversial ‘3 Strikes’ Anti-Piracy Law which would have led to alleged copyright infringers being disconnected from the internet

A major new report published by the Rowntree Trust on the database state via Open Democracy

guardiantech: Channel 4’s 4ip fund invests in discussion tool Yoosk  ‘famous people. you ask. we connect. they answer’ Based in Warwickshire and Vietnam. About Yoosk . Download pdf

Music Week on Digital Rights Agency 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.”

No case for copyright extension on sound recordings. Academics’ letter to Times.

Downloadable font formats for the Web (article): 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.”

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MEPs back off from copyright term extension vote!

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March 19, 2009 at 6:07 pm


Newspapers: Seattle Post-Intelligencer ends printing. Staff cuts, continues as web-only publication

iPod headphones aren´t DRMed, just controlled by a proprietary chip that you have to license

Guardian Tech OFCOM sets out challenge of broadband Britain

More James Boyle and ‘How extending copyright term in sound recordings actually works’ with link to PDF

Guardian Tech Richard Smith. Good summary of James Boyle’s case for The Public Domain.

UK IPO office: since July ISPs issuing 1,000 notifications a week on behalf of copyright holders to P2P users

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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