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Open source proponents are for strong copyright protection

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| Open source proponents get a bad rap when it comes to copyright. Often, they 
| are called anti-copyright or copyleft. On some level, it makes sense. Open 
| source software is advertised as being free as in freedom, and free as in 
| free beer. Yet, when thinking about copyright law and restrictions, the last 
| word that comes to mind is free. However, open source proponents are not 
| actually anti-copyright. Think about it… They can't be. Copyleft or open 
| source could not exist without copyright. Open source is actually a world 
| away from what would truly be free in the world of IP, and that's the public 
| domain.        



MGM to Post Full Films on YouTube

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| YouTube has also developed a system called VideoID. It allows media companies
| to spot unauthorized clips of their material on the site, and then either
| remove the clips or leave them up and sell ads on them.


Cory Doctorow: Why I Copyfight

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| Why does all this copyright reform stuff matter, anyway? What's at stake?
| Everything.
| Until a very short time ago, copyright was an industrial regulation. If you
| fell under copyright's domain, it meant that you were using a piece of
| extraordinary industrial apparatus — a printing press, a motion-picture
| camera, a record press. The cost of this apparatus was significant, so adding
| a couple hundred bucks for the services of a skilled copyright attorney to
| the deal wasn't much of a hardship. It merely tacked a couple percentage
| points of overhead onto the cost of doing business.


Presidential Election Voting Machines Violate Copyrights, Suit Claims

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| Artifex Software, of San Rafael, Calif., claims that PES systems infringe on
| its copyrighted Ghostscript PFD interpretation and printing software. Artifex
| claims PES is using Ghostscript in its electronic election systems even
| though Diebold and PES "have not been granted a license to modify, copy, or
| distribute any of Artifex's copyrighted works," Artifex claims in court
| papers filed late last month in U.S. District Court for Northern California.


Music stars unite to seek control

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| UK pop and rock stars are taking action to try to gain ownership and control
| of their work from record labels.


British Government Violates Copyright

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| As much as I utterly despise the entire premise of Intellectual Monopoly,
| this is about violating the principles of a Free License, and if it's good
| enough for the British government to violate our civil rights in the name of
| Intellectual Monopoly, then it's good enough for the Free World to protect
| its "property" (in fact Freedom) too…

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