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[News] Copyrights Seems to be Growing Obsolete

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Textbooks? Textbooks? We don’t need no stinkin’ textbooks!

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| As we get our ducks in a row for our new computer science class offerings 
| next year, the high school principal asked me to give him some 
| recommendations on textbooks. I’ve always hated buying technology textbooks 
| since they tend to be outdated by the time you receive them and because we 
| have this great thing called the Internet filled with technology information.    


Open Source and Copyleft in a Copyright, Closed Source World.

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| There is no escaping the reality that community is what really ensures the 
| success of a good project (I'm looking at you, Ubuntu), no matter how 
| technically sound or enjoyable that project is or is not in and of itself.   


The copyrights cartel is still fighting for intellectual monopoly and publicly
smears people like Larry Lessig.


UK Government To Force ISPs To Become Copyright Cops

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| Like other industry trade groups around the world, the British Phonographic
| Industry, that country's RIAA equivalent, has been pushing for British ISPs
| to become its copyright cops, something a number of ISPs have refused to do.
| After some threatening noises from British politicians, some ISPs relented,
| and now, the government is set go all the way by forcing the ISPs to play
| ball.


Labor plan to censor internet in shreds

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| The Government's plan to censor the internet is in tatters, with Australia's
| largest ISP saying it will not take part in live trials of the system and the
| second largest committing only to a scaled-back trial.
| And the Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, has written to critics
| saying that the so-called "live" trials would be "a closed network test and
| will not involve actual customers". Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said this was
| a sign the Government was slowly backing away from the heavily criticised
| policy.


A glimmer of hope from whitehouse.gov

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| Politicians in general are not terribly tech-savvy, let alone conscious of
| the most important intellectual freedom issues, but President Barack Obama
| does have a reputation of being more aware than most of the new media and new
| possibilities of the internet. The new US presidential website shows some
| promise that indeed, we now have a US president who isn’t afraid of the
| future.


Copyright extension is out of tune with reality

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| Politicians often do and say silly things when they come into contact with
| celebrities.
| So it was last Thursday when a star-struck Andy Burnham, Britain’s secretary
| of state for Culture, Media and Sport, showed up for a speech and
| photo-opportunity with the former lead singer of the Undertones, a punk-pop
| combo of the 1970s. In addition to the usual pleasantries about Britain’s
| creative industries, Mr Burnham set out a novel argument about the law of
| copyright protecting musicians’ work.
| There was, he said, “a moral case” for performers – who often do their best
| recorded work in their 20s and 30s – to benefit from it throughout their
| lifetime. The government would therefore consider extending copyright for
| recordings to 70 years from the present 50.
| As political speeches go, this is pretty silly. A moral case? You might just
| as well say sportspeople have a moral case to a pension at 30.
| Copyright is an economic instrument, not a moral one, and if you consider the
| economic arguments – as I did two years ago at the request of Gordon Brown –
| you will find that they do not stack up. All the respectable research shows
| that copyright extension has high costs to the public and negligible benefits
| for the creative community.


Good for Gowers

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| And whose words are these? Why, none other than Andrew Gowers, who once again
| shows his deep grasp of copyright. Pity that the government is likely to
| ignore all appeals to logic, and to join the EU in a retrograde extension of
| the term of copyright protection for sound recordings that will give
| practically nothing to hard-working musicians, lots to the parasitic music
| business fat cats - and take away from everyone else through the enclosure of
| the public domain for another 20 years.


Spot the Disconnect

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| So how do we reconcile those? Well, could it be, dear Times whingers, that
| the Internet actually *drives* traffic to your precious films and TV
| programmes, whatever they are? Could it be that the Internet is actually
| going to keep you all employed and so fraffly well-paid?


Creative Commons Asks How You Define "Non-Commercial"

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| Joi Ito and the Creative Commons need help getting the word out -- and
| defined. Creative Commons licenses allow (to varying degrees) the content
| they apply to to be freely used, distributed, and altered, with varying
| levels of attribution or certain restrictions on commercial use. One of the
| gray areas Creative Commons has been grappling with is how exactly one
| defines "non-commercial."


Award-winning Open Source Doc Looks at Digital Copyright

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| Digital technology opens up an unprecedented global economy of ideas. RiP
| explores the robber barons and revolutionaries squaring off across this new
| frontier as the film journeys from the control rooms of Washington to the
| favelas of Brazil.
| Along the way, Gaylor interviews key figures about the complexities of
| intellectual property in the digital era, among them Creative Commons founder
| Lawrence Lessig, culture critic Cory Doctorow, Brazilian musician and former
| Minister of Cultural Affairs Gilberto Gil, and Jammie Thomas, the single mom
| successfully sued by the Recording Industry Association of America for
| illegal downloading.


Introduction to Copyleft Movement

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| When a car breaks down on a high way, the driver opens the bonnet and checks
| if he can fix the problem. Often, experienced drivers do so. If he does not
| know, he will take the car to the garage or call a mechanic if he cannot tow
| it to the garage. The mechanic in the garage fixes the problem, and the car
| is back on the road. This is what happens with every other technology. Does
| this happen with software?
| [...]
| I did not spend time explaining giving technical or economic reasons for
| using FS. This is not because FS is not a superior technology. FS is already
| a success story. From small industries to big one, everyone is using it. The
| list of success stories is very big. You will possibly hear about them from
| other sources. Most people who use FS often talk only about the technical
| features, and much often about the economical aspect of it. Since there is
| little awareness about the social, ethical and political reasons mentioned
| above, I chose to talk about them instead of the technical and economical
| arguments.

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