21 janvier 2020

Fearing Legalized P2P Downloading, CRIA Declares War On Private Copying Levy

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Fearing Legalized P2P Downloading, CRIA Declares War On Private Copying Levy
The Canadian recording industry has lobbied for many years for a 'private copying levy', successfully adding a tax to all blank media sold in Canada. Now it has realized - all of a sudden - that this levy makes actually using the media to copy content legal. Because that's what we paid for when we paid the levy. Here's the reality that results from this: "the Copyright Board has developed jurisprudence that provides a strong argument that downloading music on peer-to-peer networks is lawful in Canada". More...

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29 décembre 2019

De l’usage des logiciels librement téléchargeables

C2RP Carif-Oref Hauts-de-FranceTous les logiciels : graphiques, générateurs de cours, générateurs de questionnaires…sont protégés par le droit d'auteur, généralement au titre du droit des logiciels et/ou du droit des bases de données et toutes les ressources pédagogiques sont également protégées par le droit d'auteur (quel que soit leur contenu pédagogique). Plus...

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29 novembre 2019

This Time Viacom Is Accused of Violating Copyright

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. This Time Viacom Is Accused of Violating Copyright
You create a video and post it on your website. A big company - Viacom, say - copies your video without permission and uses it on a TV show. The big company then turns around and says your video violates copyright and must be taken down. Could it happen? Yes. In fact, it did. More...

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22 novembre 2019

Court Ruling Gives Novell Copyright in Unix System

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Court Ruling Gives Novell Copyright in Unix System
Today's big news is a ruling against SCO in its ongoing lawsuit to obtain royalties for Linux, the open source operating system. According to the judge, the rights claimed by SCO are actually owned by Novell, and were only licensed to SCO. Groklaw triumphs, Court Rules: Court Rules: Novell owns the UNIX and UnixWare copyrights! Novell has right to waive! Well, maybe. But is better for Linux to be owned by Novell? Well, mostly - Novell has pretty clearly licensed the software as open source. More...

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17 novembre 2019

Droit d'auteur : une réforme controversée de la directive européenne

Accueil - Vie PubliqueLe 12 septembre 2018, le Parlement européen a voté en faveur de l'ouverture de négociations en vue d'adopter la directive sur le droit d'auteur dans le marché unique numérique ("directive copyright"). Plus...

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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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