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Russian President Proposes Creative Commons-Style Rules Baked Directly Into Copyright

Glyn Moody now points us to the news that (Russian President) Medvedev appears to be going even further than just condemning today's copyright laws. He's now looking to adjust Russia's copyright laws in the other direction.

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Created by ckhung 5 years 25 weeks ago – Made popular 5 years 25 weeks ago
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How about a legal penalty for hindering fair use?

Brazil has proposed a broad update to its copyright law (Portuguese) and it contains a surprising idea: penalize anyone who "hinders or impedes" fair use rights or obstructs the use of work that has already fallen into the public domain.

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Created by LittleBabyCheeses 6 years 19 weeks ago – Made popular 6 years 19 weeks ago
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Could Free Software Exist Without Copyright?

[…] this does result in the paradoxical situation that the GNU GPL actually *depends* on copyright, an intellectual monopoly, in order to spread intellectual freedom. Moreover, it seems to doom free software into a kind of symbiosis with copyright, forcing it to remain a supporter of that monopoly, since without it, the approach used to make the GPL so powerful would not work.

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Created by akf 6 years 21 weeks ago – Made popular 6 years 21 weeks ago
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"Intellectual Property" a Violation of Real Property

Pretending that ownership of software is possible and thus trying to enforce this ownership (as copyright and patent laws do) actually leads us to violations of actual physical property.

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Created by libervisco 7 years 3 weeks ago – Made popular 7 years 3 weeks ago
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US Copyright Law, King Lear, and Jammie Thomas-Rasset

I was goofing off, looking up some information on on Wikipedia on King Lear, and here's what struck me. If the current US Copyright Law had been in effect over Shakespeare, I think he could have been sued by many authors for copyright infringement for writing that masterpiece.

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Created by bythicalmeast 7 years 23 weeks ago – Made popular 7 years 23 weeks ago
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Why the free software community cares about The Pirate Bay

We are currently living in a historical moment which will define and shape digital rights and information freedom on the internet for generations to come. It’s one of those rare moments where the issue is black and white and where the two opposing camps can be identified without over-simplifying the issue.

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Created by toyamileno 7 years 28 weeks ago – Made popular 7 years 28 weeks ago
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“US copyright law is far too strict” – GNU founder

American software freedom activist Richard Stallman, better known as the author of GNU General Public License, joined RT to give his comments on modern software copyright laws, and the risks of cyber sneaking.

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Created by peacemaker 7 years 31 weeks ago – Made popular 7 years 31 weeks ago
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Of RMS, Ethical Visions, and Copyright Law

As RMS emphasises again and again, at the heart of free software lies an ethical vision of sharing and mutual respect. Although open source blurs that vision somewhat thanks to the glasses of pragmatism that it wears, the basic idea is still there. And yet we talk relatively little about that ethical aspect, which is a pity, because it is both important and interesting.

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Created by Noog 7 years 33 weeks ago – Made popular 7 years 32 weeks ago
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(Mis)understandings of the words “intellectual property”

Last month I was threatened with police intervention after taking pictures of my two-year-old. Why?

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Created by mads 9 years 6 weeks ago – Made popular 9 years 6 weeks ago
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