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 More http://bit.ly/2OL2D
New Zealand scraps Controversial ‘3 Strikes’ Anti-Piracy Law which would have led to alleged copyright infringers being disconnected from the internet http://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 Yoosk http://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-fonts An 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.
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
“The Government has responded to a consultation paper published by the European Commission on copyright reform. That consultation asks whether the European Union’s Copyright Directive should be amended to introduce exemptions for ‘user-created content’. User-created content can include individuals’ use of professionally-produced music, film, video or images for a new or different purpose to the original.
The Government rejected proposed changes that would exempt such users of copyrighted material from restrictions in copyright law.”
The response cites Creative Commons and the agreement between MCPS-PRS (now PRS for music) and YouTube to license use of music.
Government’s recommendation is for improved forms of licensing by copyright holders which allow for re-use, rather than a reduction in the scope of copyright.
UK opposes copyright exemptions for mash-ups
via Out-law.com, with link to the response PDF http://bit.ly/XDAC2
PRS for music http://www.prsformusic.com/
The show us a better way competition, which invited proposals for better ways of communicating public information, reports back on the winning entries
Lots of interesting mashups with public data. Sadly the Ordnance Survey only temporarily freed up data they control for use in the competition. Shortly afterwards
“Ordnance Survey has emailed local government organisations waving its copyright stick. And it’s quite a bit stick. One which, in effect, could prevent many – perhaps all? – of the SUABW winners (Free Our Data announcement; BBC announcement), and certainly those which might rely on local authority data that is in any way geographically related – from being implemented, certainly on Google Maps.”
Are the Show Us A Better Way winners safe from Ordnance Survey?
Free our data is the Guardian Technology campaign for free public access to data about the UK and its citizens.
Radio and Internet Newsletter reports
SoundExchange and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) have reached an agreement on webcast royalties for commercial broadcasters’ simulcast and Internet-only online streams.
NAB members get a discount for 2009-10 on rates previously announced by the Copyright Review Board. Rates increase @ 10% a year thereafter.
Some background: The NAB represents traditional over-the-air commercial radio stations. Increasingly they offer internet streams as well. NAB have opposed attempts to introduce royalty payments for broadcasting music (such as we have in the UK).
The March 2007 CRB ruling gave FM radio and Sirius XM lower royalty rates than internet radio.
No news yet on Small Commercial Webcasters or Digital Media Association (DIMA) whose members include Yahoo, Real networks, Live 365 and Pandora.
Trial of The Pirate Bay interests a readership estimated at 22 million.
Plaintiffs in the case include Warner Bros, MGM, Colombia Pictures Industries, 20th Century Fox, Sony BMG, Universal and EMI.
Paid Content UK
BBC coverage includes the claim by a lawyer representing media firms, also aired on Channel 4 News, that “four individuals have conducted a big commercial business making money out of others’ file-sharing works, copyright-protected movies, hit music, popular computer games, etc.”
Features an audio clip from the World Service, in which Rick Falkvinge makes a case for regarding file sharing as a public lending right, like libraries. Also, that the online surveillance required to enforce copyright holder’s property rights leads to a police state.
‘The Government’s Digital Britain plan is a failure that gives favourable treatment to the music business and props up failed business models, a software trade body has said.
‘The Federation Against Software Theft and Investors in Software (FAST IiS), which promotes the legitimate use of software, has launched a stinging attack on the Digital Britain report and on the way the music industry has approached the threat of digital piracy.’
“The entertainment sector appear to have lobbied the Government to consider establishing a ‘pirates tax’ on all of us as well as yet another quango to oversee it, meaning more cost, and more hassle,” said FAST IiS chief executive John Lovelock.”