copyright reform

American Library Association doesn’t welcome the CODE Act

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

The American Library Association (ALA) has issued its response to the introduction of the Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act (CODE Act), designed to reform the dysfunctional U.S. copyright system, and its evaluation is not a very positive one. “For more than 20 years, content [...]

UK Green Party digs itself in deeper over copyright

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 28, 2015 // 3 Comments

  In response to the earlier outcry from writers and other creatives against the UK Green Party’s apparent proposal to reduce the duration of copyright to just 14 years – with also some initial ambiguity over whether this was 14 years after the creator’s death or 14 years [...]

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 [...]

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Information Professionals and other libraries and library associations in the UK are in the midst of a campaign to move unpublished individual works to the current copyright regime of the author’s life plus 70 years, instead of the British [...]

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 Twenty-Eighth Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights of the World [...]

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 [...]

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 has become from its original purpose. — Apple Will Reportedly Unveil ‘End-to-End’ [...]

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 [...]

CILIP confirms libraries endorsement of new UK intellectual property rules

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP) has just added its overall endorsement to the new changes to UK copyright law, confirming the overall positive reception of the new rules from library professionals. In a CILIP-hosted briefing on the issue, Annie Mauger, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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