Big Content will not rest until they control every aspect of your consumption experience. Welcome to digital feudalism.
Hollywood thinks that copyright holders should be able to use licensing agreements to place whatever restrictions they like on how people can access their content.
Source: Copyright Office Jumps Into Set-Top Box Debate, Says Hollywood Should Control Your TV | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Cross your fingers; this could get messy.
EFF is suing the US government to invalidate the DMCA’s DRM provisions
Source: EFF is suing the US government to invalidate the DMCA’s DRM provisions / Boing Boing
This boneheaded move has the potential to go down as one of the greatest ideas born from the Great Nations of Europe. Like the colonization of Africa, the Treaty of Versailles, and electing Vladamir Putin.
What the heck is ancillary copyright anyway? And why does it matter? And why do we keep calling it the link tax? All will be revealed within.
Source: What the heck is ancillary copyright and why do we call it the Link Tax? | OpenMedia
Before you dismissively laugh and say “This could never happen in the US”, you should familiarize yourself with some of the nastier provisions in the TPP, which is sitting on the president’s desk right now.
Copyright strikes again, with photographers and publishers hit particularly hard.
Source: UK citizens may soon need licenses to photograph some stuff they already own | Ars Technica
How much more idiotic does copyright have to get before we do something about it? Also, best DJ name ever!
Does John Cage own the copyright for silence?
Source: SoundCloud’s Automatic Content Protection System Removed a Remix of John Cage’s Silent Composition, “4’33” | Pigeons & Planes
It may not be all great news, but it is a start, a step in the right direction. Naturally, Congress could eliminate this waste of taxpayer money by simply repealing the DMCA (or, at least, Section 1201).
But there’s some good news: the rule permitting jailbreaking phones was extended to tablets, something the Copyright Office rejected three years ago. Then it said that it couldn’t tell laptops from tablets (raising two important questions: “why not allow jailbreaking on laptops”; and, “if you don’t know the difference between a laptop and a tablet, maybe you shouldn’t be regulating either of them?“) [emphasis added]. This year, thanks to EFF, it decided it could finally tell the difference.
Source: Librarian of Congress grants limited DRM-breaking rights for cars, games, phones, tablets, and remixers / Boing Boing
Open the code to scrutiny and make a better product. Repeal Section 1201!
The VW scandal is the new normal. And it will remain that way until America’s overzealous copyright laws stop trampling research and innovation.
Source: Smarter Copyright Laws Could Stop the Next VW Scandal | WIRED