Tag: law

  • Intellectual Property, Copyright Law, and Fan Art

    [A primer for the uninitiated and the knowledgable alike:][link] >Technically, this means fan art, fan music, and fan fictions are illegal in and of themselves because they are derivative works of protected content. > >r o f l > >But before you get your panties all in a bunch, it’s pretty clear that no creative…

  • CBC Bans Use of Creative Commons Music On Podcasts

    [I’m not quite sure how this is legal, if it is an official policy, or if someone just let a cat out of a bag.][link] Regardless, it’s both pathetic on the part of the agents CBC goes through and sad for every musician who knows better. [link]: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/10/08/2346236/CBC-Bans-Use-of-Creative-Commons-Music-On-Podcasts?from=rss “Slashdot Your Rights Online Story | CBC…

  • U.S. Ninth-Circuit Court Rules Against Right of First Sale

    [If the clickwrap EULA forbids sale, then you can’t sell it][link], no matter how much you don’t want it anymore. In other words, goodbye to used game sales. How long before they classify films and TV show files as Software? What do I do with the Xbox games I don’t want anymore? Throw them out?…

  • Appeals Court Strikes Down Indecency Rule

    [A tiny bit of good news on a dreary day][link]: >A United States appeals court tossed out the indecency policy of the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday, calling it a violation of the First Amendment. Let’s hope we can make it stick. [link]: http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/13/appeals-court-strikes-down-indecency-rule/ “Appeals Court Strikes Down Indecency Rule – Media Decoder Blog -…

  • Ars Technia on Indie Filmmakers’ P2P Lawsuits

    [It’s not just for the MPAA anymore.][link] Lots of these films probably made more from the lawsuits than they did in the theater. [link]: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/06/the-riaa-amateurs-heres-how-you-sue-p2p-users.ars “The RIAA? Amateurs. Heres how you sue 14,000+ P2P users”

  • S.E.C. Sues Goldman Sachs

    >[Goldman Sachs, which emerged relatively unscathed from the financial crisis, was accused of securities fraud in a civil suit filed Friday by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which claims the bank created and sold a mortgage investment that was secretly devised to fail.][link] If convicted, I want all these fucks behind bars for the rest…

  • YouTube Alleges Viacom ‘Secretly Uploaded’ Content To YouTube, While Suing Them For It’s Presence

    [This kind of thing is par for the course with major conglomerates like Viacom][link]. They want the “buzz” but have to pretend they’re being horribly damaged financially. [link]: http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2010/03/broadcast-yourself.html “YouTube Blog: Broadcast Yourself”

  • 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][link]. See also: [Christian Engström’s talk on ACTA][talk] from the European Parliament…

  • Apple sues HTC for infringing 20 iPhone patents

    [Engadget has the documentation][link]. I’d like to add my voice to the chorus of people decrying the use of “user interface” patents. This kind of thing can be pretty vile. For example, one of the patents is for: >”Unlocking A Device By Performing Gestures On An Unlock Image,” Which is absurd. [link]: http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/02/apple-sues-htc-for-infringing-20-iphone-patents/ “Apple sues…

  • Mininova Goes Legit, Removes All (Possibly) Copyright-infringing Torrents

    As a result of the [recent court case against the site][case], they’ve [removed all torrents not registered on the site by the copyright holder][link]. [link]: http://blog.mininova.org/articles/2009/11/26/mininova-limits-its-activities-to-content-distribution-service/ “Mininova limits its activities to Content Distribution service at Mininova blog” [case]: http://blog.mininova.org/articles/2009/08/26/mininova-considers-appealing-in-brein-case/ “ruling of the Court of Utrecht”

  • The EFF Needs Your Help To Bust A Patent on Podcasting

    [A company called Volomedia was just granted a patent on “a method for providing episodic media.” and the EFF is tackling it.][link] It walks like bullshit, talks like bullshit, and smells a whole lot like bullshit. The EFF is looking for examples of prior art (Prior to 19 November 2003). [link]: http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/11/eff-tackles-bogus-podcasting-patent-and-we-need-yo “EFF Tackles Bogus…

  • The ACTA Internet Chapter OR “Goodbye, Internet”

    [Leaked from the secret meetings in Seoul][link]. It’s hard to view this as anything but an attempt by big business to employ government in propping up their busted-ass business models around the world. [link]: http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/4510/125/ “Michael Geist – The ACTA Internet Chapter: Putting the Pieces Together”