With roots in the laws of seventeenth and eighteenth-century England, intellectual property protections go back to the beginnings of capitalism itself.
The online magazine Jacobin
recently featured a three-part series tracing the history of property law and its contemporary manifestations. [more inside]
How good is Zaha Hadid's
? So good it's already
. And the copy may
be finished before the original. [more inside]
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.
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]
Don't Make Me Steal
- a Digital Media Consumption Manifesto.
The International Intellectual Property Alliance, an umbrella group for organisations including the MPAA and RIAA, has requested with the US Trade Representative to consider countries like Indonesia, Brazil and India for its “Special 301 watchlist” because they use open source software.
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Steal this album.
"In the dying days of the music business as we once knew it, record labels are waging war on leaks—only to discover that many of the saboteurs come from within the industry itself." It's easy to arrest a geek
or lay draconian fines on a single mom;
what happens when their witchhunt leads to their own offices? Animal Collective won't always be around to get the culprits off the hook
Good Copy Bad Copy
is "a documentary about the current state of copyright and culture," featuring Danger Mouse, Lawrence Lessig, Dan Glickman of the MPAA and others. The film's creators are releasing it free of charge, via Bittorrent.
Operation Fastlight: Piracy Crackdown  
Let the international war on Piracy begin. DOJ rules
for computer seizures.
, Kalisto, Echelon, Class, Project X and APC. Overview
of the warez
scene. Previous anti-warez operation - buccaneer