Archive for the “Copyright” category

Internet law (copyright in particular)

By Nick Holmes on May 4, 2014

Reblogged from Legal Web Watch April 2014. April 26 was World IP Day. I didn’t notice too many people getting excited by this. But one who did was Graham Smith. Graham is a partner at Bird and Bird and the (…)

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Crown Commons

By Nick Holmes on January 26, 2010

With the launch of the data.gov.uk beta website – providing access to over 2,500 central government datasets – comes a new licensing model for government information which it is intended will be launched government-wide by the end of May 2010 (…)

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Free Culture – the extended Remix

By Nick Holmes on April 8, 2009

Remix: making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy (published in the UK by Bloomsbury Academic) is the latest in Lawrence Lessig‘s series on regulation of cyberspace. Lessig is undeniably the leading thinker on copyright in the digital age (…)

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Moral panics

By Nick Holmes on March 25, 2009

Last night in London the SCL welcomed William Patry – inter alia long-time author of 6,000 pages of Patry on Copyright, past Copyright Counsel to the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary and currently Copyright Counsel to Google inc (…)

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Pirates, criminals or would-be honest consumers?

By Nick Holmes on February 2, 2009

The SCL has published 11 articles arising from its forum entitled ‘Legislating for Web 2.0 – Preparing for the Communications Act?’. I was rather taken with Andrew Adams and Ian Brown’s presentation on the futility of seeking technological solutions to (…)

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Corruption 2.0

By Nick Holmes on May 1, 2008

Corruption 2.0: The Next Problem Technology Must Solve was the title of Larry Lessig’s SCL 2008 Lecture last night. But, not to disappoint the largely IT/IP law-interested audience, in the event it was a distillation of his arguments about regulation (…)

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DIG it

By Nick Holmes on February 3, 2008

Further to my last post, here’s a Proposed Compromise in respect of Digital Rights vs. Copyright Enforcement based on “a little education, a little guilt, and a little fear”. The proposer, K Krasnow Waterman, is an independent consultant, advising or (…)

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The Future of Ideas

By Nick Holmes on January 22, 2008

A little bit of a stir erupts as Lawrence Lessig persuades Random House to release his (2001) The Future of Ideas, in which he explores “the fate of the commons in a connected world”, under a Creative Commons licence. But (…)

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An optimal copyright term

By Nick Holmes on November 30, 2007

Victor Keegan in How long should copyright last? covers the arguments for a shorter copyright term in the digital age. To exemplfy the absurdity of a strict application of copyrights, he points to Nate Andersen who reports that John Tehranian, (…)

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Long tails, short change

By Nick Holmes on April 14, 2007

John Lanchester in the Guardian writes a lengthy article on the copyright issues surrounding books in the digital age. He concludes with an interesting proposal: let copyright endure for only a reasonably short period but guarantee the creator a percentage (…)

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Viacom v. GooTube (2)

By Nick Holmes on March 15, 2007

In countering Viacom’s $1 billion suit against YouTube, Google relies on the “safe harbor” provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to shield it from liability for third party copyright infringements. That’s stretching it a bit says OUT-Law.com. In (…)

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Google is illegal says Brussels

By Nick Holmes on February 14, 2007

Struan Robertson analyses on OUT-law.com the Court of First Instance ruling in favour of newspaper group Copiepresse that Google News and Google’s caching of web pages infringe copyright. The Belgian court … ruled that it cannot be deduced that the (…)

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Viacom v. GooTube – who’s evil?

By Nick Holmes on February 7, 2007

The battle for badness rages … From Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing: Viacom did a general search on YouTube for any term related to any of its shows [eg all those Jon Stewart clips] , and then spammed YouTube with (…)

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Will Google strike a fair deal?

By Nick Holmes on February 2, 2007

Welcome to the blawgosphere – and thanks – to Eoin O’Dell, a Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin, blogging at cearta.ie, mainly on contract, restitution, freedom of expression, media, IT and cyber law. He (…)

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Gowers – IP a priesthood and a playground

By Nick Holmes on December 13, 2006

From The future of intellectual property: Andrew Gowers interviewed on openDemocracy.net: The Gowers Review of Intellectual Property has been broadly welcomed by copyright campaigners. Lawrence Lessig, the godfather of Creative Commons, has labelled research conducted into the economics of copyright (…)

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