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[News] Intellectual Monopolies Fail, New Motions to Oppose Copyright Madness

  • Subject: [News] Intellectual Monopolies Fail, New Motions to Oppose Copyright Madness
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 00:51:21 +0000
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Redbox Caves To Warner Bros., Will Delay New Movie Releases From Kiosks

,----[ Quote ]
| The whole thing makes no sense at all. 
| Warner Bros. mistakenly thinks that if 
| people can't rent a particular DVD in the 
| first four weeks of release, they're more 
| likely to shell out money to actually buy 
| the DVD. This is Warner Bros. pretending 
| that it can influence customer behavior by 
| denying them what they want.


Viacom CEO: We Need To Pay Less For Music In Videogames

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| Lower licensing fees and more selective 
| video game companies could be bad news for 
| some music companies. Video games have 
| provided a boost to licensing revenues and 
| overall awareness for many artists. But 
| sales are down sharply. An analyst with 
| Wedbush Securities estimated, that two-
| thirds of Decemberâs 12% year-over-year 
| decline in video game sales came from the 
| music category.


Public Knowledge Proposes New Copyright Reform Act

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| The general topics for copyright change are 
| to:
| 1) strengthen fair use, including reforming 
| outrageously high statutory damages, which 
| deter innovation and creativity; 2) reform 
| the DMCA to permit circumvention of digital 
| locks for lawful purposes; 3) update the 
| limitations and exceptions to copyright 
| protection to better conform with how 
| digital technologies work; 4) provide 
| recourse for people and companies who are 
| recklessly accused of copyright 
| infringement and who are recklessly sent 
| improper DMCA take-down notices; and 5) 
| streamline arcane music licensing laws to 
| encourage new and better business models 
| for selling music.


New Anti-Piracy Task Force Set To Pressure File-Sharers

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| In order to step up the pressure on illicit 
| file-sharers and others that violate 
| intellectual property laws, Swedish police 
| and prosecutors are heading up a new 
| specialist team of investigators to deal 
| with infringements. Team members will be 
| designated their own areas but will also be 
| able to operate nationally.


Project Postcard: design chosen!


US citizens: Let the USTR know today that you oppose draconian copyright 

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| There's only a few hours left to submit 
| your comments to the US Trade 
| Representative opposing export of draconian 
| copyright restrictions to other countries.


My Comments To The USTR On Special 301 Report On Foreign Copyright Issues

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| A lot of people have been incorrectly 
| claiming that these comments are about 
| ACTA, but they're not. The Special 301 
| report basically just tries to determine 
| which countries the US should put more 
| pressure on to "get with the program," 
| diplomatically speaking, when it comes to 
| copyright issues. In the past, it's been 
| used to bully countries like Canada and 
| Israel -- both of which have strong 
| copyright that is very much in compliance 
| with international obligations.



No, Copyright Has Never Been About Protecting Labor

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| Ugh. So, we recently wrote about Matthew
| Yglesias' quite accurate economic
| explanation for why the price of music was
| going to get pushed to zero, no matter what
| the industry said or what happened with
| copyright law.

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