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[News] Intellectual Monopolies - When S* Hits the Fan

  • Subject: [News] Intellectual Monopolies - When S* Hits the Fan
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2010 16:55:19 +0000
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Tintin copyrights go to war against Tintin fans

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| The British lawyer who married the widow of Tintin creator Hergà 
| has successfully sued Bob Garcia ("a detective novelist, jazz 
| musician and Tintin aficionado") for Â35,000 for printing five 
| short essays in appreciation of Tintin, two of which were 
| illustrated with brief clips from the comic. The 
| essays were distributed for free, and the two 
| pamphlets with Tintin illustrations were printed 
| about 500 times each. 


Cory Doctorow: Close Enough for Rock 'n' Roll

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| If the Internet has a motif, it is rock 'n' roll's 
| Protestant Reformation thrashing against the orchestral 
| One Church. Rock 'n' roll gets lots of wee kirks 
| built in every hill and dale in which parishioners can 
| find religion in their own ways; choral music erects 
| majestic cathedrals that humble and amaze, but take three 
| generations of laborers to build.
| [...]
| But what does it cost to publish something half 
| as good as Newsweek, say, the Huffington Post? Sure,
| HuffPo has brought in about $20MM in venture capital, 
| but ignore that sum â that's how much they can sweet 
| talk out of the world of finance. I'm talking about how 
| much capital it cost to build and operate HuffPo. A tiny, 
| unmeasurable fraction of what it cost to build and run Newsweek.


Music companies want Pirate Bay founders to pay fine

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| The Stockholm District Court should decide that two of
| The Pirate Bay's founders have to pay a fine since the 
| file-sharing site is still open and they are still
| involved, according to a recent filing from the music
| industry. 


Fahrenheit 451â Book burning as done by lawyers

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| But the legal changes introduced in the years 
| after Fahrenheit 451 did more than just extend terms. 
| Congress eliminated the benign practice of the renewal 
| requirement (which had guaranteed that 85% of
| works and 93% of books entered the public domain 
| after 28 years because the authors and publishers 
| simply didnât want or need a second copyright term.)  
| And copyright, which had been an opt-in system 
| (you had to comply with some very minor formalities
| to get a copyright) became an opt out system (you 
| got a copyright automatically when you âfixedâ the 
| work in material form, whether you wanted it or not.) 
| Suddenly the entire world of informal and non commercial
| culture â from home movies that provide a wonderful 
| lens into the private life of an era, to essays,
| posters, locally produced teaching materials â was 
| swept into copyright.  And kept there for the life 
| of the author plus 70 years.  The effects were
| culturally catastrophic. 

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