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[News] Alternatives to Intellectual Monopolies, China Amends Copyrights

  • Subject: [News] Alternatives to Intellectual Monopolies, China Amends Copyrights
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 06 Apr 2010 01:29:16 +0100
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The 21st-Century Orchestra: Now Hear It This Way 

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| Orchestras are moving into these areas 
| largely out of necessity. The commercial 
| classical recording industry, as it was 
| configured in its late-20th-century 
| heyday, is vastly diminished, and there is 
| little money to be made in the business. 
| The New York Philharmonic, for instance, a 
| giant of the recording industry in the 
| Leonard Bernstein years, has not had a 
| long-term contract with a commercial label 
| for a decade. 


China's National People's Congress Amends the Copyright Law 

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| On February 26, 2010, the National 
| People's Congress passed the second 
| amendment to the Copyright Law. Only two 
| articles of the Copyright Law have been 
| amended, and the changes will take effect 
| on April 1, 2010.


Hot news: The next bad thing

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| Yes, there are legal aggregation sites â 
| such as Google news â which contain short 
| snippets of news stories. If newspapers 
| want their content removed from these 
| sites they can do so easily by simply 
| changing the data contained in something 
| called the robots.txt file. Google or 
| Yahoo will no longer index their pages.
| But the newspapers do not want to do this, 
| because legal aggregators drive a great 
| deal of traffic to them. And in any event, 
| they do not need a new right to stop the 
| practice. There are also sites that do 
| illegally copy the entire contents, or the 
| entire article. Their behaviour is already 
| illegal under copyright law. (And in any 
| event has a small effect on revenues. Do 
| you read the FT stories at some shady site 
| or at the FT?)


The Flower of Free Culture

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| There cannot be a free culture license 
| because a license is an intrinsic 
| impediment to cultural freedom (being a 
| submission to copyright, let alone fraught 
| with incompatibility and re-licensing 
| issues), so it would be counter-productive 
| and, despite the best of intentions, 
| hypocritical to promote licenses as a 
| means of achieving cultural emancipation.


Launching Public Discussion of CC Patent Tools

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| Weâre happy to announce that weâre 
| launching the public comment and 
| discussion period for our new patent 
| tools: the Research Non-Assertion Pledge 
| and the Public Patent License. We invite 
| you to join the discussion at our public 
| wiki. There you can read about these 
| tools, catch up on hot topics of interest 
| to the community, or join our public 
| discussion list to contribute your 
| thoughts and suggestions.


Anti-Piracy Lawyers Vandalize Wikipedia Page

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| As mass file-sharing litigation lawsuits 
| go inter-continental, not everyone is 
| proud to be associated with this type of 
| work. Lawyers Tilly Bailey & Irvine in the 
| UK have been hard at work this month, 
| editing large chunks of their own 
| Wikipedia page in an attempt to hide their 
| involvement and also earning themselves a 
| copyright infringement warning.


Is music the unacceptable face of capitalism? 

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| Lord Mandelson today accused the bankers 
| of being the "unacceptable face of 
| capitalism".  Isn't this somewhat 
| hypocritical, given that he wants the 
| Internet industry to spend Â500 million on 
| an electronic fence to protect the rich in 
| the music industry (ie, the Digital 
| Economy Bill)?  Is this acceptable when 
| the country is virtually  bankrupt? 


Code To Track BitTorrent Users Bought For $750 (Max)

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| As the practice of hunting down alleged 
| file-sharers and then issuing legal 
| threats in order to force money out of 
| them gathers pace, questions are 
| continually raised over the quality of the 
| technical systems used to gather the 
| evidence. According to information on a 
| rent-a-coder site, such a system was 
| bought in 2008 for between $250 and $750.


"Ashes to Ashes" election campaign posters probably breach copyright. The proof? A mouse mat

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| 1. Does the Labour Party have a Licence to 
| Use this image for this purpose? This is a 
| publicity (PR) picture - a PR Licence does 
| not normally permit use for party 
| political advertising. We won't know 
| unless and until someone produces a 
| Licence to Use, and whether that Licence 
| includes advertising. If not, they are in 
| breach of copyright.
| 2. If they do have such a Licence, from 
| whom did they obtain it? Monastic 
| Productions, Kudos Film & Television or 
| BBC Worldwide?
| 3. Why was it granted? On the evidence of 
| this picture, the BBC almost certainly 
| holds rights in all publicity images from 
| the series. The BBC is prohibited by its 
| charter from engaging in partisan 
| political activity.

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