15 novembre 2019

Content Makers Are Accused of Exaggerating Copyright

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Content Makers Are Accused of Exaggerating Copyright
A Battle Royale is shaping up between Google and content poducers such as sports leagues and other media companies over the warnings broadcast by those agencies (the now familiar "any use of the pictures or accounts of this game are strictly prohibited"). Google claims, accurately, that these warnings attempt to prohibit uses allowed under fair use or fail dealing provisions. "It is an attempt to convince Americans that they don't have rights that they do in fact have." The content producers - looking at things like Google video - argue that what Google wants is to be able to use content for free. More...

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23 octobre 2019

Museums and Misleading Copyright

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Museums and Misleading Copyright
On one of my recent visits to Ottawa I has a sustained argument with the curators at the National Gallery over their refusal to allow photographs to be taken in the 'Canadian Wing' due - I was told - to copyright concerns. My protestations that th majority of the art in the wing was now in the public domain fell on deaf ears. So much for my intent to create a 'Canadian Art' collection on Flickr. Michael Geist raises the issue of such misleading claims to own copyright in a current column. "Many institutions," he writes, "go much further charging 'surrogate copyright fees' or 'user's fees' for public domain works or deploy technology to limit the potential uses of digitized versions of those works." They claim that their reproductions are copyright protected. yt th Supreme Court states, "For a work to be "original" within the meaning of the Copyright Act, it must be more than a mere copy of another work." I'm sympathetic with the museums' need for more funding. More...

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Crowd Sourcing Against Perpetual Copyright

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Crowd Sourcing Against Perpetual Copyright
I read the editorial in the NY Times proposing that copyrights last forever and dismissed it as a ridiculous argument. Basically, the author's claim is that the expiration of copyright is akin to the government seizure of private property. Which is ridiculous, since copyright, insofar as it is property, exists only because of government intervention. Anyhow, in all the discussion over this editorial I am surprised to note that commentators have missed the author's primary intent - to reframe the debate by putting perpetual copyright on the table as a viable option. Which it never was until now. And all of a sudden life plus 75 years looks pretty good, by comparison. The campaign by Lessig and others to respond to the argument has the effect of embracing the new frame. More...

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16 octobre 2019

World Book and Copyright Day

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. World Book and Copyright Day
Monday is 'World Book and Copyright Day' and is an example of UNESCO taking exactly the wrong turn. "There can be no book development without copyright," says UNESCO's Director-General Koichiro Matsuura. This, of course, is a crock, as people are proving with projects as varied as Wikipedia and open publishing on Lulu. The of the Open Educational Resources (OER) contemplated by UNESCO at its various forums. He writes, "The dual nature of these products of the publishing industry, which are both goods for sale and works of the mind, has repeatedly been emphasized. Much has also been said about the book as the driving force behind a wide array of income-generating activities..." If this is what he thinks, how seriously can we take UNESCO on OERs. More...

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13 octobre 2019

Copyright Directive webinar series by LIBER Europe: 22 October, 4 and 19 November

Copyright law shapes many of the services libraries offer and the activities researchers undertake. LIBER Europe, the Association of European Research Libraries, is organising a webinar series on the Digital Single Market Directive for librarians and academics who wish to be involved in their country’s national implementation of the Directive and understand all the details. More...

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09 octobre 2019

The Iron Cage of Copyright

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Iron Cage of Copyright
Longtime readers will know that I have always been a reluctant supporter of Creative Commons (it shouldn't be necessary; the default should be non-commercial sharing, while commercial ownership and use constitute exceptions) and have expressed a vocal dislike for the legalese that comes with it (for example, the recent kerfuffle over the definition of 'commercial'). I agree with this sentiment. More...

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02 octobre 2019

US Copyright Lobby Out-of-Touch

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. US Copyright Lobby Out-of-Touch
In the latest report from a U.S. intellectual property lobby group, Michael geist notes, " what is most noteworthy about the IIPA effort is that dozens of countries - indeed most of the major global economies in the developed and developing world - are singled out for criticism." One wonders, he writes, who it is that is really out of step here. "Countries singled out for criticism should not be deceived into thinking that their laws are failing to meet an international standard, no matter what US lobby groups say". More...

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27 septembre 2019

The End of Captain Copyright

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The End of Captain Copyright
Access Copyright is killing Captain Copyright, a misleading propaganda campaign on file sharing aimed at Canadian children. For teachers who ordered "literally hundreds" of Captain Copyright packs, Michael Geist recommends Copyright, copyleft and everything in between, a multimedia curriculum on copyright alternatives in South Africa. More...

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Copyright Policy

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Copyright Policy
If you are involved in copyright and licensing in Canada, you don't want to miss this collection of studies, recently made public by Canadian Heritage. As Michael Geist notes, the list was recently released by the Copyright Policy Branch (and I echo his kudos to the Branch for doing this). There's a lot to absorb, but among the studies you'll want to be sure to look at Economic Impact of WIPO Ratification on Private Copying Regime ("the new outflow is from Canadian consumers to foreign copyright holders, and the new inflow is from foreign consumers to Canadian copyright holders") and also The Economic Impact of Canadian Copyright Industries - Sectoral Analysis" - take some time and look at the graphs documenting the trade deficit (outflow to foreign copyright holders) and ponder what the impact of exaggerating that deficit - through more stringent legislation and ratification of WIPO - would be. More...

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26 septembre 2019

Copyright, Publishing, and Scholarship

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Copyright, Publishing, and Scholarship
This paper summarizes the work of the "Zwolle Group" initiative over thje last five years. This group was formed to develop and share "guidance for faculty authors, publishers, librarians, and other stakeholders who are seeking to improve their management of copyright issues." The members of the group took an approach that emphasizes the "balancing" of stakeholder interests. This suffered from two flaws. First, it was not clear that stakeholder interests were properly represented. In the chart of stakeholder interests, for example, the 'general public' is woefully understated - surely it would have some interest to balance the "maximize revenue" stated by publishers? But no, the public is depicted as having no view on this issue. The second flaw is inherent in the employment of a stakeholder approach at all. Should all of the players be at the table? In particular, do we need to continue to take into account publisher interests in further discussions. More...

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