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[News] Orphaned Works Harmed by Intellectual Monopolies

  • Subject: [News] Orphaned Works Harmed by Intellectual Monopolies
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 14:59:27 +0100
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Won't Somebody Please Think of the Orphans?

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| The utter cluelessness and fatuity of the 
| publishers' response is breath-taking: the 
| problem is that the rights-holders *cannot 
| be found* - that's why they're called 
| "orphans". Demanding "due diligence" just 
| misses the point completely.
| At least this proves that publishers simply 
| have no credible arguments against 
| introducing an "exception" to use orphan 
| works, for example in digitisation projects. 
| And against their non-existent downside, the 
| upside is just immense. Let's hope the 
| European Commission is beginning to 
| understand this.


Information wants to be free.

A Nerd's Take On The Future Of News Media

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| Trust is the new black, as I like to say. 
| The great opportunity for news organizations 
| is to constructively demonstrate trustworthy 
| reporting, and to visibly do so.
| News curation, that is, selecting what's 
| news and should be visible, that's an 
| equally big deal.


Cory Doctorow kicks off a unique publishing experiment--and a monthly PW column

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| Back in 2003, I was the first writer to use 
| a Creative Commons license in connection 
| with a commercially published novelâmy first 
| novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom 
| (Tor) was released as a freely shareable e-
| book the same day it came out in stores. 
| It's now gone through several printings, has 
| made me a fair bit of money, been widely 
| translatedâcommercially and noncommerciallyâ
| and it's been followed by three more novels, 
| including the New York Times bestseller 
| Little Brother (Tor Teens, 2008), all of 
| which are also available as free, remixable 
| downloads. Two more novels are on their way 
| on the same terms.



Copyright Control

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| The Digital Millennium Copyright Act is, without
| question, one of the most frequently abused laws on the
| books. If the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is the catch-
| all for internet crime, the DMCA is ten times over for
| copyright law. If you want something off the internet,
| the quickest way to be rid of it is to issue a DMCA
| notice, regardless of whether there is any basis for it
| or not, and that's exactly what companies like Autodesk
| do. There is recourse, however: Anyone who knowingly
| misrepresents that an infringement has occurred, or
| falsely represents that a take down was the result of a
| mistake, is liable for damages for their conduct.


A Harvard Skirmish in the Copyright Wars

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| Problem is, thereâs an argument that what professors say
| in class is their intellectual property. After all, if
| they just read their own lecture notes, then their words
| have been âfixed in a tangible medium,â to quote the
| Copyright Act. So the professor automatically holds the
| copyright, and Magliozzi, or his note-taking helpers,
| are violating it. By that logic, itâs the same thing as
| listening to a song being sung, transcribing it, and
| posting the notes and lyrics on your web site. Copyright
| violation.

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