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[News] Intellectual Monopolies Work Against Morality

  • Subject: [News] Intellectual Monopolies Work Against Morality
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2009 23:40:50 +0100
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Copyright and Morals

,----[ Quote ]
| Morality is used in the Copyright Wars as a way to 
| cover up the inability to justify expansion of 
| rights on economic grounds.


What Kind Of Industry Sets Up A Group To Purposely Limit What Consumers Want? Apparently Hollywood

,----[ Quote ]
| We've been hearing from more and more movie makers 
| who are recognizing how treating their fans right, 
| while giving them a reason to buy is a much more 
| effective means of reaching an audience than 
| starting off on the assumption that everyone is a 
| criminal. The movie business has always been based 
| on selling ancillary products.


California County Hoarding Map Data Ordered to Pay $500,000

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| A California countyâs three-year battle to prevent a 
| nonprofit group from obtaining public mapping data 
| has ended disastrously for the county after it was 
| ordered by a court to pay the group $500,000 in 
| legal costs.


MPAA: Antipiracy is now 'content protection'

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| Among the three who were quietly ushered out of 
| their posts at the Motion Picture Association of 
| America three weeks ago was Greg Goeckner, the 
| MPAA's general counsel. The others were the MPAA's 
| director of worldwide antipiracy operations and its 
| deputy director of Internet antipiracy. Goeckner 
| will remain with the MPAA until the end of the year.


Verizon Not Liable for Ringtone Performance Fee

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| When your co-worker's ringtone constantly fills the 
| air with the latest auto-tune hit, it is most 
| definitely annoying, but is it also a violation of 
| copyright?
| The American Society of Composers, Authors and 
| Publishers (ASCAP) claims that when someone's cell 
| phone rings and one of its members' songs plays as a 
| ringtone, the wireless provider should pay 
| performance fees for the right to use that song.


Judge: ringtones aren't performances, so no royalties

,----[ Quote ]
| Songwriters and publishers won't be able to collect 
| royalties each time a cellphone plays an annoying 
| musical ringtone in public, thanks to a federal 
| judge's ruling that ringtones aren't public 
| performances.


The Pirate Bay and Youtube

,----[ Quote ]
| Like many other people, it used to bother me that 
| The Pirate Bay was being sued for distributing 
| hashes of copyright-restricted material whereas 
| Youtube could distribute the material itself without 
| fear of punishment.


Implementing a sensible copyright: "FLOW-IT"

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| The other reason I picked the nickname âFLOW-ITâ for 
| this idea, though, is that works licensed in this 
| way âflowâ will flow in a fairly reasonable time 
| from the traditional copyright zone into the free 
| culture zone. Itâs a way to merge more 
| traditionally-funded artist works into the free-
| culture âCommons.â This is something that half-way 
| solutions like the Creative Commons âNonCommercialâ 
| licenses just canât do on their own (because they 
| never really make it into the Commons).



Breaking the bargain: copyright extensions violate "moral rights"

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| When the copyright industry lobbies for extensions to already-long copyright
| terms, they always present it as a way of giving the artists of the past
| their due â as a further protection of the "moral rights" that artists have
| in their creations.

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