copyright reform

Sadder Puppies: Chinese SF novel wins 2015 Hugo

By David Rothman
August 23, 2015 // 8 Comments

Hugo Awards judges have resisted the the Sad Puppies movement, which allegedly gamed the nomination process for one of science fiction’s most respected competitions. In a ceremony last night in [...]

TeleRead Links: International pricing, knuckle dragging, revising copyright, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

When Selling Virtual Products Abroad, Don’t Put Prices On Autopilot (TechCrunch) For our experiment, we selected six different currencies — Australian dollar, Canadian dollar, British pound, [...]

Orphan works copyright law controversy: Don’t panic!

By Chris Meadows
July 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

It seemed important to lead with those two words, in large, friendly headline letters, based on the breathless “everybody panic!” takes that have been spreading around this matter lately. I’ve [...]

Harper Lee to publish sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird after 55 years

By Chris Meadows
February 3, 2015 // 10 Comments

For fifty-five years, To Kill a Mockingbird has been the only novel that Harper Lee published. It was successful enough that she simply didn’t need to publish another one. That one book, published [...]

Happy birthday J.R.R. Tolkien – but doesn’t ring in any public domain riches

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 5, 2015 // 2 Comments

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3rd, 1892, and his long and richly productive life ended on September 2nd, 1973. That longevity, however, also means that enthusiasts are having to wait [...]

UK libraries protest copyright restrictions with empty spaces

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals and other libraries and library associations in the UK are in the midst of a campaign to move unpublished individual works to the [...]

Joseph E. Stiglitz on knowledge, scholarly open access, and copyright

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Former World Bank chief economist and Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz, lecturing on the topic “Can Illiberal Democracies Create Shared and Sustained Prosperity?” at Central [...]

Photographer explains why piracy is driving him out of business

By Chris Meadows
September 24, 2014 // 8 Comments

We hear about Internet piracy and its deleterious effect on creators dozens or hundreds of times every year. In most cases, it’s about music, movies, games, or books that are circulating on [...]

World’s libraries and archives disappointed after latest WIPO talks in Geneva

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Organizations and pressure groups involved in intellectual property rights and global copyright issues for libraries and archives expressed disappointment after the inconclusive conclusion of the [...]

New author advocacy group Authors Alliance seeks to counterbalance Authors Guild on fair use issues

By Chris Meadows
May 14, 2014 // 1 Comment

A group of writers and copyright experts concerned over Authors Guild overreach has formed its own new author advocacy group, the Authors Alliance, to advocate in favor of fair use of works. [...]

How Many Times Did You Violate Copyright Today?

By Joanna Cabot
May 8, 2014 // 4 Comments

In today’s Morning Links, there was a great little piece from the always-reliable folks at Techdirt, featuring a video by Tom Bell which humorously draws attention to the ridiculousness of [...]

Morning roundup: Of copyright and treaties, OSX Redesign, authors and agents, and a discounted Nook Glowlight

By Joanna Cabot
May 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

New Paper Says It’s Time To Reasonably Decrease Copyright Term And Rethink Putting Copyright In Treaties (Techdirt) The full paper is well worth reading, detailing just how distorted copyright [...]

UK intellectual property review frees up copying, parody

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

The UK government has introduced a series of changes to copyright law across various media, including books. “These changes will affect how you can use content like books, music, films and [...]

SFWA to participate in Copyright Office orphan works roundtables

By Chris Meadows
March 9, 2014 // 5 Comments

The SFWA actually can do some useful things when it’s not getting embroiled in scandals. A press release on its web site notes that former SFWA President Michael Capobianco will be attending some [...]

An Interesting Perspective on Life+70 Copyright

By libertyc
December 9, 2013 // 26 Comments

Techdirt has a story trending right now on the copyright extension debate. Their write-up is a fairly standard one: the US Copyright Office has finally caught on to the possible detriments of the [...]

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