Tag: copyright

  • Furious freetards blitz the wrong SOPA

    by

    Angry copyfighters barraged a small Scottish food certification agency with abuse last week – in the belief they were protesting against hated US anti-piracy legislation.

    The Scottish Organic Producers Association – whose website is at sopa.org.uk – was perplexed when it found itself on the receiving of dozens of nasty and illiterate emails.

    Remarkably, nothing about the site’s design – including pictures of sheep, vegetables, Angus cattle and fruit – did anything to suggest to the furious freetards that they’d … Read More

    Continue reading »

  • We can ditch the laws when the Valley’s snotty web teens grow up

    We can ditch the laws when the Valley’s snotty web teens grow up

    by

    stop-sopa

    I am going to propose something that may sound radical, but really isn’t. Legislation like SOPA ideally isn’t necessary in an ideal world, and this idea comes about through voluntary agreement. The Stop Online Piracy Act was proposed because of a tragic impasse, a lack of agreement between two powerful and deeply entrenched sides. Although one side has moral force on its side, being ‘right’ doesn’t mean it’s going to ‘win’. Like a classic game theory tragedy, both sides are … Read More

    Continue reading »

  • The bureaucratic elite and the Google Review. The story continues…

    by

    It’s also a stealth project – ECL was omitted from the Executive Summary that only hurried politicians and the media ever read

    The Business Department BiS has launched a copyright consultation, inviting views on the recommendations raised in the "Google Review", as the "Hargreaves Review into IP and Growth" became known.

    Hargreaves was tasked with looking for changes in UK IP law that could stimulate economic growth. Ian Hargreaves’ review featured significant input from the IPO, formerly the Patent Office, … Read More

    Continue reading »

  • Oops: Public supports web-blocking in Google-funded poll

    Oops: Public supports web-blocking in Google-funded poll

    by

    Talk about an inconvenient fact. A survey into US attitudes to internet piracy shows strong public support for blocking access to websites guilty of serial copyright infringement. No fewer than 58 per cent support the idea of ISPs blocking the pirate sites, and 36 per cent disagree with this. Of the respondents, 61 per cent want sites like Facebook to take more action to screen for infringing material.

    This may not be what the corporate sponsor Google, which benefits from … Read More

    Continue reading »

  • Your digital rights? Collateral damage, sorry.

    by

    MPs heard a spirited debate about digital rights this week – including the digital rights you might or might not have as an amateur creator.

    Big media companies would like the freedom to use artwork they find on the web without having to worry about lawsuits or negotiating market rates with creators. The web is awash with unattributed “orphan works” – and thanks to cheaper technology, social networks and self-publishing, there’s more being published than at any time in history.… Read More

    Continue reading »

  • “Immense wealth awaits. Email Ian Hargreaves with bank details, statute book”

    “Immense wealth awaits. Email Ian Hargreaves with bank details, statute book”

    by

    Now we know why what was widely called the “Google Review” into intellectual property came to the conclusions it did. And we have it from the horse’s mouth: not Google, but Professor Ian Hargreaves and his team at the IPO, who “guided” him.

    If you recall, a year ago the Prime Minister David Cameron revealed that the Google founders that they could never have founded Google in the UK, because of its copyright law. Even Google could never substantiate the … Read More

    Continue reading »