• 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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  • Jun 15, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • BitTorrent, Copyright, News, Privacy,

EU’s top court says The Pirate Bay can be blocked, because it knowingly links to unauthorized copyright material




A long-running legal battle between Dutch ISPs and the local anti-piracy organization BREIN over blocking The Pirate Bay has concluded with a ruling in favor of BREIN. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) said yesterday The Pirate Bay could be blocked because:   “Making available and managing an online platform for sharing … Continue reading “EU’s top court says The Pirate Bay can be blocked, because it knowingly links to unauthorized copyright material”

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  • Jun 15, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Copyright, Governments, News, Privacy,

New law in Japan lets police arrest and surveil those merely planning or discussing certain acts, like copyright violation




Earlier today, after an intentionally rushed consideration process, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe passed a new mass surveillance law conveniently called the “anti-conspiracy bill.” The new law creates a list of 277 acts, and makes it illegal to plan any of these acts. With the vague wording of the bill, anyone suspected of planning any … Continue reading “New law in Japan lets police arrest and surveil those merely planning or discussing certain acts, like copyright violation”

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Finnish Market Court cracks down hard on copyright trolls in new ruling




A Finnish ruling appears to end the era of copyright trolls in the country. This follows a ruling in Norway, which although a different case, had the same effect in outcome. Is the era of speculative extortion from unscrupulous law firms coming to a slow and deservedly painful end? The Finnish Market Court made a … Continue reading “Finnish Market Court cracks down hard on copyright trolls in new ruling”

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Copyright revision in Europe proceeding; upload censorship gone (for now); close calls




The revision of the copyright monopoly in the European Union continues its way through the European law factory. From Julia Reda, we learn that the Internal Market “IMCO” Committee has now voted, and that some bad things are gone from the proposal, some bad things remain, and some sensible things have entered. Most importantly: the … Continue reading “Copyright revision in Europe proceeding; upload censorship gone (for now); close calls”

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  • Jun 5, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Copyright, Governments, News, Privacy,

Bad law, not bad luck: Article 13 of new EU Copyright Directive requires general upload filters




Back in September last year, Rick Falkvinge wrote about the launch of an important revision of the European Union’s main copyright law, which will have a massive impact on Internet users in the region and beyond. Although the stated aim of the update is to make “modern copyright rules fit for the digital age“, several … Continue reading “Bad law, not bad luck: Article 13 of new EU Copyright Directive requires general upload filters”

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