Call to Action: Write to the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee on the upcoming copyright vote

On October 10, an important committee in the European Parliament will vote on future copyright law. It hangs in the balance, and ordinary people like you and I contacting Members of the European Parliament can really make a difference, like you’ll remember we did with ACTA five years ago and won. You don’t have to … Continue reading “Call to Action: Write to the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee on the upcoming copyright vote”

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  • Aug 25, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Copyright, Governments, Privacy, Security,

Welcome to the Internet of listening, eavesdropping, spying things

There’s a new frontier for digital privacy: home devices that understand spoken commands. That’s impressive and convenient, but it comes with definite risks, as Rick Falkvinge pointed out earlier this week. The product sites of the main players in the so-called “smart speaker” sector – Amazon, Apple, and Google – offer plenty of upbeat advertising … Continue reading “Welcome to the Internet of listening, eavesdropping, spying things”

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Is the copyright industry above the law and exempt from respecting human rights? Some companies seem to think so

When what evolved into modern copyright was first drawn up in the eighteenth century, it was designed as a legal weapon to be deployed against printers that made infringing copies of published texts. It was not used against the public for the simple reason that ordinary people had no means of making infringing copies: printing … Continue reading “Is the copyright industry above the law and exempt from respecting human rights? Some companies seem to think so”

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  • Aug 10, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Copyright, Governments, News,

India blocks the Internet Archive Wayback Machine in censorship overstep

The hugely popular internet tool, the Wayback Machine by the Internet Archive, has been blocked by an Indian court order. India has a long history of blocking sites that are not illegal. Previous targets for internet service provider (ISP) level blocking include WordPress and Github. Additionally, in certain regions such as Jammu and Kashmir, the … Continue reading “India blocks the Internet Archive Wayback Machine in censorship overstep”

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How many noted the implications of the European Court of Justice ruling on Internet copyright three years ago?

The European Court of Justice (the ECJ, “the European Supreme Court”) ruled three years ago that anything published openly on the web may be freely reused by anyone in any way on their own website. This ruling didn’t get anywhere near the attention it deserved, as it completely reverses a common misconception – the idea … Continue reading “How many noted the implications of the European Court of Justice ruling on Internet copyright three years ago?”

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  • Jul 9, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Copyright, News, Programming, Security,

Encrypted Media Extensions: Copyright, DRM and the end of the open Web

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which sets standards for the Web, has released what it calls a “disposition of comments“, designed to address objections to the controversial Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). EME is officially “a common API that may be used to discover, select and interact with content encryption systems”. In practice, for the … Continue reading “Encrypted Media Extensions: Copyright, DRM and the end of the open Web”

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Would you like a copyright law that said “if Hollywood doesn’t like this law, they can use their own”? Well, you see…

Imagine if copyright law listed tons of exceptions for free use that all publishers were required to respect. (Well, it does, kind of, even if the list in question is horribly deficient.) But then, imagine that somewhere in this law, there’s also the line “if a publisher doesn’t like the wording of this law and … Continue reading “Would you like a copyright law that said “if Hollywood doesn’t like this law, they can use their own”? Well, you see…”

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In ten years, the copyright industry has learned absolutely nothing

Ten years ago, in 2006, I stood on stage and said that companies who try to prevent their customers from sharing, such as the copyright industry, won’t survive. Companies who tolerate the phenomenon of sharing will remain. But the companies which will really thrive in the new landscape, I said, are the future companies who … Continue reading “In ten years, the copyright industry has learned absolutely nothing”

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Global publishing giant wins $15 million damages against researcher for sharing publicly-funded knowledge

It’s not every day that one of the world’s largest publishing companies is awarded $15 million in damages for copyright infringement against a site set up by a Kazakh neuroscientist. That makes the almost total lack of wider coverage of Elsevier’s win in New York against Sci-Hub surprising. But it is only the latest development … Continue reading “Global publishing giant wins $15 million damages against researcher for sharing publicly-funded knowledge”

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