Tag Archives: copyright reform

An International Copyright Fight Over the Marcels Duchamps Chess Set

More reason that draconian copyright law needs to be overturned NOW!

How a hand-carved game got tangled in a dispute over copyright law, and what it means for the future of sharable things

Source: An International Copyright Fight Over the Marcels Duchamps Chess Set – The Atlantic

Why Shouldn’t Copyright Be Infinite?

Short answer: because while copyright can secure and bolster freedom of expression in the short-term, nearly infinite copyright extensions stifle creativity and expression becomes prohibitively expensive.

If an 11-note sequence counts as infringement, how much do modern artists owe Pachelbel’s descendants? The four-chord sequence making up the core of his Canon in D has been repeated in dozens, if not hundreds, of subsequent songs. Should evidence produced by Australia’s Axis of Awesome be used in copyright lawsuits by anyone who can document that, ten generations back, Johann Pachelbel was a great-great-grandfather? It seems absurd.

Source: Why Shouldn’t Copyright Be Infinite? | Electronic Frontier Foundation

From Pacemakers to Driverless Cars, the Absurdity of Banning Reverse Engineering

DMCA exemption filings offer a bleak look at IP copyright.

Source: From Pacemakers to Driverless Cars, the Absurdity of Banning Reverse Engineering

European Copyright Madness: Court Strikes Down Law Allowing Users to Rip Their Own CDs

Today the High Court of the United Kingdom handed down an excellent decision—excellent because the result is so unreasonable, so out of touch with reality, and so divorced from the needs and expectations of ordinary users, that it provides a textbook illustration of the need for urgent reform of the outdated and unbalanced European Copyright Directive.

Source: European Copyright Madness: Court Strikes Down Law Allowing Users to Rip Their Own CDs

The Bizarre Process We Use To Approve Exemptions To The Digital Milliennium Copyright Act

Did you know that you don’t actually own anything that you purchase? Welcome to the DMCA future.

Every three years, the doors to allowing legal circumvention of digital locks open up. Briefly.

Source: The Bizarre Process We Use To Approve Exemptions To The Digital Milliennium Copyright Act

GM: That Car You Bought? We’re Really The Ones Who Own It.

Congratulations! You just bought a new Chevy, GMC, or Cadillac. You really like driving it. And it’s purchased, not leased, and all paid off with no liens, so it’s all…

Source: GM: That Car You Bought? We’re Really The Ones Who Own It.

Do you ever really own a computerized device?

Canadian author and technologist Cory Doctorow talks about digital ownership, Canada’s Bill C-11 and the U.S. DMCA, which say that if a manufacturer uses computer code to control what you do with the things you buy, you can’t overrule them

Source: Do you ever really own a computerized device?