Tag: copyright

  • So is sharing a folder copyright infringement?

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    A US Judge on Monday upheld the view that sharing copyrighted music is infringement. It’s a defeat for defendant Denise Barker and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a victory for the four record labels in the case, led by Warner’s Elektra.

    The Copyright Act is fairly clear. It defines “publication” as “offering to distribute copies or phonorecords to a group of persons for purposes of further distribution, public performance, or public display” – but sensibly separates out performance or display … Read More

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  • Creator haters at the LSE

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    “one last fag, then bop, bop, bop”

    – Wolfie Smith

    London School of Economics I saw one of the most disturbing of all. If you thought people don’t behave in real life like they do online, think again. Here were all the most unpleasant aspects of online behaviour – ignorance, rudeness, groupthink, and a general sneering moral superiority – but made flesh. By the end, it had degenerated into farce. So what was it all about?

    The event was billed … Read More

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  • Should P2P filesharers be paid for filesharing?

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    Take that, pigopolists! A novel idea has been proposed to take the fight to the RIAA and the BPI. Since P2P filesharing has a discovery element which permits people to discover new music at no cost – why shouldn’t filesharers be compensated for filesharing?

    The idea was floated on the Open Rights Group discussion list earlier this month.

    “Studies point to filesharing as a driver for *increased* music sales (among the heaviest downloaders). Possibly filesharers should start trying to recover … Read More

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