Tag Archives: Copyright

Creative Commons, copyright & IP in April

Copyright Criminals documentary: sampling & IP law

A documentary titled Copyright Criminals, which examines the messy three-way collision between digital technology, musical collage, and intellectual property law used 400 brief but unlicensed clips.

‘… one of those slapped with a suit was George Clinton—for sampling one of his own records. True story. “Yeah, I got sued for sampling my own stuff,” Clinton told us with a bemused smile.’

Copyright Criminals


Dutch government flips entire web copyright to CC0 by default


Science Commons: we’re launching the public discussion period for our CC patent tools


Peer-to-patent lets the public participate in the examination of patent applications Community Patent Review


Media law in April

Blogpost: BCA Drop Case Against Simon Singh Jack of Kent


And his libel fight is over: 50,000 signatures, 3 party pledges, 268 MPs backing EDM – www.libelreform.org


Does the Tories’ iPhone App violate the Data Protection Act? Call a friend


UK: Legal experts fear new case of ‘libel tourism’ European Journalism Centre


EU likely to push for net neutrality Public Technology


Canadian “Climatologist sues, wants paper to erase all traces of libel” Ars Techica


Out-law radio: Existing copyright law could protect free speech http://www.out-law.com/page-10978



Digital Economy Bill and Digital Britain in March

Digital economy bill likely to be pushed through before election
Guardian 05.03.2010

Copyright is not the only thing that matters online, says Bill Thompson
BBC 02.03.2010

Music Week: Clause 17 voted down in Lords
The industry is celebrating that non P2P infringers are being dealt with in the Digital Economy Bill, after the House of Lords voted through an alternative amendment to the controversial Clause 17
Music Week 04.03.2010

A thorough assessment of the Digital Economy Bill from @paulcarr
NSFW: Hey, America! Our draconian copyright law could kick your draconian copyright law’s ass
Tech Crunch 07.03.2010

ISPs, publishers and academics voice outrage at web-block plan

Plans to introduce a law that will force internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to websites accused of hosting copyright-infringing content have been condemned by ISPs, publishers, consumer groups, user rights groups and academics.

OUT-LAW 10.03.2010

Leaked UK record industry memo. Insight into #DEBill lobbying
Boing Boing 12.03.2010

Digital economy bill: what you need to know
Guardian 22.03.2010

BBC: Gordon Brown superfast broadband & mygov speech
BBC 22.03.2010

PM’s speech on line now: Building Britain’s Digital Future
Number 10

European Digital Rights on disconnections and the #DEBill

US and UK approaches to broadband planning contrasted by Ofcom

Technology Strategy Board
Inspiring Innovations for Digital Britain
Webcast presentations 31.03.2010

Copyright crackdown bill could block ‘any website’
ZDNet 31.03.2010

October #2

Remix culture: “On the Legal Consequences of Sauces: Should [..]Recipes Be Per Se Copyrightable?” SSRN

Google Book Settlement
Google co-founder Sergey Brin on book settlement NY Times

Wikileaks devising a platform for anonymously leaking material to news outlets, others. ComputerWorld

Media Law
Super Injunctions: the Trafigura story
Libel law: Simon Singh wins leave to appeal in BCA libel case Index

Open Education Resources
A chat with Stephen Downes on OER CC Talks

Talis blog on #postcodes #ernestmarples and access to public data Nodalities

Privacy policy tool failed because of browser rejection, says W3C lawyer Out-Law

Open Research: The personal, the social, and the political Cameron Neylon

US politics & Twitter: 5% of users account for 75% of activity Resource Shelf

85 wordpress plugins for blogging journalists Online Journalism Blog

September #3

Book sharing site Scribd rejects claims of copyright infringement Guardian

Creative Commons
CC publishes study on interpreting “non-commercial” under CCBY & CC0 Creative Commons

Digital Britain
Attitudes to supporting non-BBC regional news from the licence fee. Preliminary findings. DCMS study.

How exactly is Facebook making money? Guardian
How Facebook tried to put a shine on $9.5m privacy suit Guardian

Government 2.0
Usability, council websites and the obligation to promote democracy Local Democracy

Nieman Reports Fall 2009: Journalism & Social Media <- essential reading
Shane Richmond article for Nieman Reports about the development of My Telegraph
Murdoch hails electronic reading devices “no paper, no printing plants, no unions,” said Mr Murdoch, behind the FT paywall.

Open Access
5 US universities commit to open access publishing Digital & Scholarly

OUT-LAW: Hidden Flash cookies track even opt-out users on web’s biggest sites.

Science writing
New York Times on the Simon Singh case: the high costs of English libel law for science writing
Sense about science Keep Libel Laws Out of Science campaign

Paul Graham: The list of n things is the cheeseburger of essay forms

July #4


Malcolm Gladwell eviscerates Chris Anderson’s Free. Saving you time as well as money bit.ly



Consultation to reform the rules around commercial radio & local content tr.im

Consultation on liberalising the rules concerning ownership of local media tr.im


Newsgator, Google and RSS

Newsgator: option of paid-for ad-free desktop readers. Synch via Google. Good if you wanted synch with GReader. A lot of people don’t. See comments bit.ly

Techcrunch: NewsGator Discontinues Online RSS Reader, Points To Google Reader bit.ly Desktop readers get Google Reader synchronisation.


Local papers

Andrew Gilligan attack on local authority newspapers in the Evening Standard bit.ly

A good piece about local news, blogs, council newspapers, the Press Association and Digital Britain from 853 blog bit.ly


Sense about Science

Excellent overview of #singhbca by Ben Goldacre pays tribute to “intrepid band of bloggers”: bit.ly

Beware the spinal trap: Simon Singh and chiropractic libel case bit.ly



Chicago’s Horizon Realty Group Sues Woman For $50,000 Over A Tweet bit.ly



Court rules against Blackboard in patent case – bit.ly


You Tube: launches a Reporters’ Centre

“Helping you report the news” bit.ly


Tennenbaum: the price of copyright infringement

Verdict in Joel Tenenbaum case: 22,500 per work. $675,000 total

Fair use is not a defence “Tenenbaum ‘piracy’ case is all over bar the shouting” tinyurl.com

‘How it feels to be sued for $4.5m’ is.gd

July #1


France, copyright and internet access

Hadopi 2 Passes French Senate twurl.nl 


Information design

“Building Better White Papers” bit.ly  DFID policy document, summaries, video, links to ways of being active. Offers users a choice of levels of engagement with policy from one location.


Internet Radio

Pandora: ‘The royalty crisis is over!’ Tim Westergen on surviving the Copyright Review Board years bit.ly

Social by Social

Social media for social impact NESTA publish Social by Social handbook. bit.ly

Will Perrin: What social media means for government, from Social by Social bit.ly 



Write To Reply: new consultation: Sustainable Independent and Impartial News in the Regions: bit.ly 


Open Knowledge Foundation

Open Knowledge announce Open Database licence v1.0 bit.ly

New developments on ‘Where Does My Money Go?’: ur1.ca


UK policy

UK Government response to e-petition on Open-sourcing local government information ff.im 

Update on Digital Britain bit.ly



A Twitter Search Primer tr.im



Recovery.gov’s Data Transparency Called “Significant Failure” by Watchdog Group bit.ly 



Video of Channel 4 event Recasting The Net is.gd Tom Loosemore, Helen Milner, Matthew D’Acona on the future of online 


“Wired Editor Caught Copying And Pasting Wikipedia Into His New Book” www.businessinsider.com Chris Anderson. Free, as in lunch. Hugely entertaining.