Notes from a Pirate Party conference. "I grew up on the Internet. … I sort of consider myself a citizen of the Internet. I'm very attached to it. I'm almost more from the Internet than I am from Massachusetts." [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Apr 14, 2012 -
Kirby Ferguson's fourth and final installment of Everything is a Remix
: System Failure
has been released. (Also on YouTube.)
It covers intellectual property rights, the derivative nature of creativity, patents and copyright. Transcript
. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Feb 17, 2012 -
The U.S. House of Representatives has drafted
their version of Senator Leahy's
Protect IP Act, renaming
the bill the E-Parasites Act
. Among other changes discussed prev
, the bill now makes
internet service providers and websites liable for activities of their users that infringe upon copyrights, effectively overturning parts of the 13-year-old Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
posted by jeffburdges
on Oct 27, 2011 -
Senator Leahy's Protect IP Act
would require that U.S. ISPs impose an 'internet death penalty' upon domain after merely a preliminary injunction from a U.S. court that suspects the site of being 'dedicated to infringing activities', even if the domain's owner had never been notified and was not subject to U.S. jurisdiction. There is concern that the legislation would fragment the DNS system and facilitate DNS spoofing
by obstructing DNSSEC
). There is also an open letter
opposing the bill signed by 108 Law Professors who study intellectual property law. [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges
on Jul 24, 2011 -
The Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO-IP) Act
has added a whole other dimension to the term "copyright infringement." Sponsored by the US entertainment industry, it allows seizure of assets before
the accused is found guilty and the creation of a new executive branch led by an "Intellectual Property Czar" who would report directly to the President on IP crimes--similar to the Drug Czar of the War on Drugs. Financial penalties for copyright crimes have increased dramatically. More information here
, and a summary of critiques here.
Is this a useful addition to the War On Copyright Infringement or just more bureaucratic red tape
posted by schroedinger
on Oct 14, 2008 -
aka Alecia Moore, aka the hip new face of copyright infringement
. P!nk’s latest video, U + Ur Hand
, [youtube] blatantly appropriates characters created by late New Zealand artist Martin Emond
[possibly NSFW]. No permission was sought or granted, but Illicit Clothing
, which manage’s Emond’s estate, do not feel they have sufficient resources to sue Sony BMG. Nevertheless, they and Emond’s fans are justifiably livid
. It is highly unlikely that Emond, who took his own life in 2004, and whose musical tastes went in a very different direction
, would have felt any different.
posted by Soulfather
on Aug 3, 2006 -
-- makers of "Shockingly Good Mac Software" and visually appealing marketing collateral (including their website
) -- have documented the various places their branding has been
honored flatteringly borrowed
ripped-off on the internets. My favorite is the site selling one of their original icons for $199, promising "exclusive ownership
." Is imitation really the sincerest form of flattery?
posted by pmbuko
on May 5, 2006 -
As a followup
to this post about Sew Fast, Sew Easy's cease and desist orders for using the phrase "Stitch and Bitch" et.al. to a variety of merchants, Yahoo groups, and knitting groups, it seems that a boycott
movement is gaining momentum. They also have a CafePress store
to support the cause. Additionally, I think SFSE may have underestimated the enormous growth in knitting blogs
and how quickly they band together
when given a cause.
posted by like_neon
on Jan 24, 2006 -
Marvel Comics sues NCsoft and Cryptic Studios,
the makers of the online game City of Heroes
for player created content they feel infringes on their copyright. If Marvel wins the case, all game developers can expect to be held responsible for the behavior of their players. This case covers similar ground to the proposed Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act
, which is before a Senate Judiciary Committee. Introduced to crack down on illegal file sharing on peer-to-peer networks, the bill would hold technology companies liable for manufacturing products that encourage people to infringe copyrights. The language of the bill caused an uproar
among technology and consumer advocates who claimed it would kill innovation. If successful in their lawsuit, would Marvel be able to sue the makers of pens and pencils
for producing products that allow people to create pictures of copyrighted characters?
posted by Stuart_R
on Nov 16, 2004 -
In response to Justice Konrad von Finckenstein ruling that file sharing was legal in Canada
(previously discussed here
), Federal Heritage Minister Helene Scherrer has stated that "As minister of Canadian Heritage, I will, as quickly as possible, make changes to our copyright law".
The problem is that Canadian copyright law has been going through a slow and thoughtful reformation process. Since the unveiling of A Framework for Copyright Reform
in 2001, a lot of progress has been made in updating the laws to reflect the needs and concerns of content producers, and the public domain.
Now, however, it seems that all of this work may be bulldozed by Helene Scherrer, who declared her intentions
at the Juno Awards last night.
posted by Jairus
on Apr 3, 2004 -
The Artists Rights Coalition
has decided that it is their mission to enforce copyright law. It doesn't matter whether or not it's their
copyright -- they're gonna enforce it anyway. An example of the community policing itself or of online vigilantism?
posted by cedar
on Jan 17, 2003 -
Selling a used item as a copyright infringement?
Used knitting patterns are often resold by the original buyer when they've used them. "Alice Starmore(R)" is a company that makes patterns and yarns for knitters. Ebay is a big clearinghouse for knitters, and "Alice Starmore(R)" has repeatedly insisted that ANY auction of their yarns or patterns be pulled as the auctions violate their trademark and/or copyrights. So the knitters are getting a defense fund together to claim anti-trust and restraint of trade. Didn't we sort this all out over selling used books and cd's already?
You really shouldn't mess with people who have a hobby that makes them adept with big metal needles. (BTW Alice Starmore is from the Hebrides, hence the whole "KnittingBeyond..." business.)
posted by Salmonberry
on Nov 29, 2002 -
Comic books, cannibalistic worms, albinos, copyright infringement, and the Blues. This story
has it all.
posted by anathema
on Sep 27, 2002 -
Is self-regulation a legitimate approach to protecting copyright on the internet? This question is being debated at Spiked online
which has commissioned responses from a variety of sources and also welcomes comments from readers.
posted by anathema
on Sep 23, 2002 -
More attempted monkeying
with the Copyright Act. This proposal by two House legislators one would limit backup copies, while another section would let webcasters off the hook for cached copies. This seems fairly transparent considering now that the webcasting rates have been set
webcasting may end up in the hands of the larger corporations. Coincidence? I think not.
posted by anathema
on Jul 12, 2002 -
So a few days ago
, I went off on some resume sites going out and pilfering my resume off my personal site. Well, I opted out
, and here is their response
. My favorite part: "Once you post your resume or any sort of material on the internet it becomes public information and therefore, can be spread from site to site very quickly." Uh, excuse me? Since when did "public information" equal "copyright-free and we can do anything we want with it?"
posted by mathowie
on Feb 10, 2000 -
Personal rant time: I wrote my own resume
a while ago, and have been building onto it for a couple years now. To me, it is copyrighted material, just as anything else I write. So why is it showing up in all sorts of resume databases? I'm getting calls from recruiters saying they got it from Aquent
, Passport Access
, and various other resume sites. These sites seem to be sucking down resumes, putting them on their site, and making money off them. I can't see my own resume, since I haven't paid to look at it. I find PassportAccess to be especially annoying: they offer an opt-out page
. What the hell? Why should I even have to do this? It's my resume, not theirs!
posted by mathowie
on Feb 7, 2000 -