Copyright law

UK Green Party copyright limit proposal repels authors, artists

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

The UK Green Party, with just two weeks to go to the General Election, appears to have screwed its support with one influential constituency, writers and artists, through an ill-founded and poorly discussed policy proposal on copyright terms. The draft commitment to press for a shorter copyright [...]

More Big Media behind-the-scenes bullying on view as Google takes regulatory payola to court

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 17, 2015 // 2 Comments

Fresh evidence of Big Media tactics to push its IP agenda in private and through back  channels, including both lobbying and far more questionable practices, has been pushed into the spotlight by Google, which has taken Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood to court to forestall what it sees as [...]

Trans-Pacific Partnership still pushing to screw your rights in secret

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Chris Meadows reported almost a year ago to the day on the invidious attempts by US trade negotiators in hock to Big Media vested interests to impose onerous copyright, intellectual property, and public domain restrictions worldwide via the Trans-Pacific Partnership – in secret, without [...]

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 a very long time indeed for any of his great body of work to find its way into the public domain. As [...]

Cause for concern for copyright holders over EU DG Market Commission roles?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Some alarmed articles have been put about about the transfer of the European Commission copyright portfolio to Commissioner-designate for the Digital Agenda, German Guenther Oettinger, who inherits this from the Internal Market & Services Directorate General (DG Market) arm, where it was [...]

Does the UK’s CIC want to gag copyright reform proposals?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

Given all the hysteria around the Amazon-Hachette faceoff in UK media, you could be forgiven for thinking that the UK publishing industry was on its last legs. Not so, according to the latest Create UK report, the main strategy document from the Creative Industries Council, available here. As part [...]

Nature Publishing Group attempts immoral moral rights land grab

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 3, 2014 // 1 Comment

The struggle between scientific publishers and the academic community over open access policies has taken a new and striking turn. Not only is the Nature Publishing Group, publisher of Nature, Scientific American, and other august and popular journals, attempting to induce authors who sign with it [...]

UK police advertise illegal websites

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 1, 2014 // 1 Comment

Well alright, that’s not exactly what’s going on. But it could have that effect. For the UK Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), siloed in the City of London Police, has announced with some fanfare the launch of its “Infringing Website List (IWL) … [which] sets [...]

British Library IP head details impact of new UK copyright rules

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

Benjamin White, Head of Intellectual Property at the British Library, has produced an extremely detailed guide to the implications of the changes of UK copyright law for libraries and for the general public in Britain. And this guide has been made available through the website of the Chartered [...]

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 photographs,” says the introductory text at the UK Intellectual Property Office. “They will [...]

Heald study shows books lag behind music in out-of-print digitization

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 20, 2014 // 6 Comments

Professor Paul J. Heald of the University of Illinois College of Law has just released a new study that puts Chris Meadows’s recent problems with out-of-print stories from Astounding Stories into perspective. Remember that it was Heald whose previous research found that extension of copyright [...]

James Joyce and the public domain situation

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 3, 2014 // 3 Comments

The anniversary of James Joyce’s birthday in 1882, February 2nd, fell on a Sunday this year, so this article comes a day late. And as his life and works have already been covered plenty on TeleRead, and are best tackled on Bloomsday, June 16th, I’ll confine this article to the question [...]

Twitter journalist damages award reaffirms independent content creators' rights

By libertyc
November 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

A US federal jury has just found media companies Agence France-Presse and Getty Images guilty of wilful violation of the Copyright Act by lifting photos of the 2010 Haiti earthquake from the Twitter account of Haitian photojournalist Daniel Morel, and awarded him $1.2 million in damages. The case [...]

LSE study suggests creative industries don't gain from copyright enforcement

By libertyc
October 8, 2013 // 4 Comments

The Department of Media and Communications at the UK’s prestigious London School of Economics has just released a policy brief, entitled “Copyright & Creation: A Case for Promoting Inclusive Online Sharing,” which suggests that policy-makers and Big Media are gaining little [...]

UK House of Commons Committee seeks rape, murder-league penalties for online piracy

By libertyc
October 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the UK House of Commons has just released its latest responses to the Independent Review of Intellectual Property and Growth commissioned by the current UK government in 2010 from Professor Ian Hargreaves (the so-called Hargreaves Review) and completed in [...]

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