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[News] Copyright Gone Totally Wrong Again, Harms Society and Culture

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Ancient Books Go Online 

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| The BBC is reporting that the United Nations' World Digital Library has gone 
| online with an initial offering of 1,200 ancient manuscripts, parchments and 
| documents. To no great surprise, Europe comes in first with 380 items. South 
| America comes in second with 320, with a very distant third place being given 
| to the Middle East at a paltry 157 texts. This is only the initial round, so 
| the leader board can be expected to change. There are, for example, a lot of 
| Sumerian and Babylonian tablets, many of which are already online elsewhere. 
| Astonishingly, the collection is covered by numerous copyright laws, 
| according to the legal page. Use of material from a given country is subject 
| to whatever restrictions that country places, in addition to any local and 
| international copyright laws. With some of the contributions being over 8,000 
| years old, this has to be the longest copyright extension ever offered. There 
| is nothing on whether the original artists get royalties, however.            


Will Copyright Law prevent a digital library from becoming reality?

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| Copyright, licensing, and digital rights management are some of the more 
| complex issues any future all-digital research library must face.  Others 
| have tackled this issue in treatises and textbooks.  What follows is an  
| over-simplified discussion of copyright and licensing and how it relates to 
| the feasibility of an all-digital library.   


EU votes for longer music copyright

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| The European Parliament has voted 377 to 178 in favour of extended the 
| copyright term for new sound recordings from 50 to 70 years. It's only a 
| first reading, but it's a strong indication of approval for the bill, 
| introduced by Irish MEP Brian Cowley.   



SXSW 2009 on BitTorrent: 6 GB of Free Music

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| The South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival is one of the largest and most
| popular in the United States. For the fifth year in a row, SXSW has released
| a DRM-free, RIAA-safe collection of songs totaling 6 GB, which can all be
| downloaded for free, thanks to BitTorrent.

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