Tag: copyright

  • David Cameron’s tech utopia


    It was a confident David Willetts who addressed a meeting of like-minded Conservatives, only hours after the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.… Read More

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  • “The price of nothing”

    “The price of nothing”


    Kim Dotcom has a new service, with features that Forbes calls “See No Evil, Store No Evil”. But perhaps that should be “see no value, store no value”.

    I have not come to mock the rotund self-promoter, but rather to talk about what might happen if its users were to throw themselves at the service to share copyrighted content. But first, a history lesson.

    One criticism of the monetarists during the Thatcher years was that they “knew the price of … Read More

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  • How to fix the broken internet economy

    How to fix the broken internet economy


    How can we begin to unpick the tangled mess that the technology and creative industries have created?

    There’s certainly no shortage of blame to go around. In the past every new wave of technology has delivered healthy creative markets – but today this is no longer happening.

    Just 20 years since the birth of the internet economy, with the advent of the worldwide web, it’s worth asking why. It’s time we looked afresh at where both industries went wrong, and … Read More

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  • The Open Rights Group gets rights wrong. Again

    The Open Rights Group gets rights wrong. Again



    When Open Rights Group executive director Jim Killock opens his mouth, his foot soon disappears inside. The UK’s leading digital rights advocate has just demonstrated still more difficulty understanding the “rights” the group campaigns about.

    At a Citizen 2012 data conference in London yesterday, where he was introduced as “the infamous Jim Killock”, Citizen Jim listed the many injustices of the UK’s copyright law.

    “The Olympic logo is copyright. The Olympic mascots are copyright. Therefore, reusing them is a breach … Read More

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  • The IPO Enquiry

    The IPO Enquiry



    Sketches from the three hearings held by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Intellectual Property’s enquiry into the IPO in April and May 2012

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  • Popper, Soros, and Pseudo-Masochism

    Popper, Soros, and Pseudo-Masochism



    A new report by intellectual property campaigners has again put the UK on the naughty step.

    This year, as last year, activists list the UK alongside Brazil and Thailand as having the most “oppressive” copyright laws in the world. The report was published by an international NGO called Consumer International, but this delegates the work out to a Soros-funded group called A2K.

    It’s certainly a bold point of view. How does it arrive at this conclusion? Helpfully, we have the … Read More

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