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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  • 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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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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  • Aug 22, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • BitTorrent, Copyright, Governments, News,

In India, accessing a blocked website potentially carries a 3 year sentence

According to a government sanctioned warning on blocked torrent sites, using the Internet to access a blocked website in India could result in a ~$4,500 USD fine as well as imprisonment for 3 years. This is the same government that has denied Internet access to Jammu and Kashmir for over a month. Up until a … Continue reading “In India, accessing a blocked website potentially carries a 3 year sentence”

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  • Aug 18, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • BitTorrent, Governments, News, Privacy,

Court rules that ISPs do not need to give up information on alleged pirates, copyright infringers

An American Internet Service Provider (ISP) has received validation that it does not have to give up personal details of alleged copyright infringers. The Eastern Virginia District Court has denied copyright holder BMG Rights Management a permanent injunction against Cox Communication that would force the ISP to match personally identifiable information such as email address, … Continue reading “Court rules that ISPs do not need to give up information on alleged pirates, copyright infringers”

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As 3D printers break through, EU expands copyright to furniture and extends term by a century

The UK has just changed its copyright-and-patent monopoly law to extend copyright to furniture and to extend the term of that copyright on furniture with about a century. This follows a decision in the European Union, where member states are required to adhere to such an order. This change means that people will be prohibited … Continue reading “As 3D printers break through, EU expands copyright to furniture and extends term by a century”

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How copyright is irreparably, fundamentally incompatible with privacy

Copyright and privacy cannot coexist. Society is at a crossroads where only one of these will exist in the future, and the copyright industry has been working hard to erode privacy to protect its obsolete business. It’s time to acknowledge the conflict and accept that copyright enforcement need to be actively prevented in order to … Continue reading “How copyright is irreparably, fundamentally incompatible with privacy”

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