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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 [...]

Copyright Office posts DMCA exemption petitions

By Chris Meadows
November 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

A few weeks ago I discussed the need for a DMCA exemption for e-books, in light of the US Copyright Office requesting petitions for such exemptions. The Copyright Office has now posted all 44 petitions it received as PDFs. There are a number of interesting petitions there—not least of them my [...]

Finnish Direct Democracy Does Damage to Copyright Hawks

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 23, 2013 // 1 Comment

I always knew that all that lobbyist-driven cranking up of copyright infringement penalties to ridiculous and indefensible heights would prove self-defeating and fuel its own backlash. Now, thanks to a recent direct democracy reform that allows citizens to kickstart legislation or law reform, [...]

Happy International Day Against DRM!

By Dan Eldridge
May 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

Honestly, I hadn’t even heard about this until I woke up this morning and checked my phone, but apparently today—that’s Friday, May 3, 2013—is something of a holiday in the digital publishing community. It’s the fifth annual International Day Against DRM. Huh. The [...]

Games Workshop, self-publishing author battle over ‘space marines’

By Chris Meadows
February 9, 2013 // 6 Comments

Self-publishing has a lot of advantages and just as many countervailing drawbacks. The biggest advantage is, of course, you get to be your own boss and can publish whatever you want to, without some publisher taking a cut of the money. But the dark side of this freedom is that it can leave you [...]

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed

By Dan Eldridge
December 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

Who’s Tracking Your Reading Habits? An E-Book Buyer’s Guide to Privacy, 2012 Edition (Electronic Frontier Foundation) Your Rights and Deadlines Under the Price Fixing Settlement (Dear Author) Nine Ideas for Making E-Books More Fun to Give as Presents (Slate) Kindle Daily Deal: The [...]

Humble E-Book Bundle Raises $1.2 Million

By Chris Meadows
October 25, 2012 // 1 Comment

The Humble Indie E-Book Bundle’s sale period is over. It raised over $1.2 million on over 84,000 sales, with an average purchase price of $14.28—an altogether impressive amount. Participating author John Scalzi has a couple of post-mortem posts on his blog looking at the reasons for it. Scalzi [...]

Latest Humble Bundle offers digital music – so why not e-books?

By Chris Meadows
July 26, 2012 // 4 Comments

I’ve covered the Humble Indie Bundles here before—bundles of independent computer games sold at a pay-what-you-want price, in support of the developers and charities (usually Child’s Play and the Electronic Frontier Foundation). I’ve discussed the potential relevance to e-books, but the [...]

EFF mostly satisfied over Amazon Silk privacy concerns

By Chris Meadows
October 19, 2011 // 0 Comments

Following up to the privacy concerns about Amazon’s “Silk” browser, the EFF spoke with Amazon and asked some questions about privacy-related matters. The EFF’s Dan Auerbach reports coming away from the conversation mostly satisfied with Amazon’s measures, with only a couple of major [...]

File-sharing case prompts push for copyright reform

By Steven Lyle Jordan
April 6, 2011 // 4 Comments

An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses a recent file-sharing case in which Joel Tenenbaum was convicted of illegally downloading and sharing 30 songs.  His original verdict was an award of  $67,500 in damages to the music companies… a tenth what the jury voted to award [...]

EFF reviews predictions for newspaper, book issues in 2010

By Chris Meadows
December 26, 2010 // 0 Comments

Over the last few days, the EFF has been looking back at predictions it made at the beginning of the year to see how they have played out. Most of these have relatively little to do with e-reading (though the one on hardware hacking does touch on it orthogonally with mention of the exemption [...]

EFF releases 2010 E-Book Buyer’s Guide to E-Book Privacy

By Paul Biba
December 8, 2010 // 0 Comments

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s website: With the 2010 holidays upon us, it’s time to update EFF’s E-Book Buyer’s Guide to E-Book Privacy, which summarizes and comments on the privacy-related policies of several e-readers. What’s new. We’ve added in the [...]

Lawrence Lessig responds to ASCAP campaign against Creative Commons

By Chris Meadows
July 13, 2010 // 6 Comments

The Creative Commons licensing system has gone hand in hand with a lot of e-book-and e-writing-related news. For example, Cory Doctorow and others use it to give their e-books away for people to read for free while retaining rights to other uses, and Ficly (and its predecessor Ficlets) uses it to [...]

The ‘Humble Indie Bundle’ and its implications for piracy

By Chris Meadows
May 11, 2010 // 0 Comments

Taking advantage of the zero-marginal-cost nature of electronic media distribution, a group of independent computer game developers has teamed up to offer the “Humble Indie Bundle”, a bundle of five games (including the award-winning World of Goo) for Windows, Macintosh, or Linux as a [...]

Obama ‘copyright czar’ public responses are in

By Chris Meadows
March 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

Back in February, I mentioned that Victoria Espinel, the Obama administration’s new Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) or “copyright czar,” was seeking public input on how to carry out the duties of her office. The deadline for submissions recently passed—and as usual, [...]

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