These are the things I've written that are tagged "copyright"

Jay Leno uses indie YouTube video; NBC gets it taken down

Obviously The System Works: NBC/Universal used a YouTube video by an indie comedy duo (without permission) on The Jay Leno Show – then had the video taken down with a copyright claim. NBC’s position seems to be that they own any content played on any of their programs? I guess it’s nice to see their position […]

Smug ignorance

John August: When you stir stupid and lazy together, they form a toxic compound called Smug Ignorance. It’s non-partisan and always fatal. The symptoms are phrases like, “I don’t know much about computers, but…” or “Look, no one knows if climate change is real.”

A Letter From Lois Lane

Joanne Siegel, widow of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel, passed away on February 12th of this year. She’d been working on writing a letter to Time Warner’s CEO, Jeffrey L. Bewkes. Joanne is widely known to be the inspiration for Lois Lane, and even at 93 she fit the part. Time Warner’s action in all of […]

The Case Against COICA

The Combatting Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) is bad mojo that will not only limit creativity but stifle business. It will unconstitutionally restrict freedom of speech, raise the cost of doing business on the internet in a time when the economy is already in the toilet, and create an internet blacklist in America. The […]

“Copyright Infringement and Me”

The Editor of the magazine Cooks Source prints the entirety of an author’s article without clearing it with her. The author asks why this happened, and the editor tells her that she should be glad it got printed at all. The editor’s response is batshit, and actually contains this sentence: But honestly Monica, the web […]

US Library of Congress: Copyright Is Destroying Historic Audio

From the you’re-telling-us dept. The report also highlights the problems posed by the rather complicated history of US copyright law. “All U.S. recordings, both commercially released and unpublished, created before February 15, 1972, are protected by a complex network of disparate state civil, criminal, and common laws,” the study explains. The consequence is that all […]

Turning down Netflix

Netflix refuses copyright holder’s request to stream her film without DRM. Nina Paley (the filmmaker) owns the film outright. There are no rights issues whatsoever. I believe the issue here is related to this culture we have where we assume everyone is a criminal. It’s actually more work for Netflix to let people watch a […]

European Parliament Demands Transparency For ACTA

The European Parliament today voted on a resolution that demands transparency in the ACTA negotiations, and that the Commission puts all papers on the table. The resolution was carried by 633 votes in favour, 13 against, and 16 abstentions. Way to go, EU. See also: Christian Engström’s talk on ACTA from the European Parliament floor.

Court Jails Pirate Bay Founders

I’m sure the appeals process will be long: Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde were found guilty of breaking copyright law and were sentenced to a year in jail. They were also ordered to pay $4.5m (£3m) in damages. I feel that their attitude didn’t help them with the judge. Google […]

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