copyright

warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/www/drupal/drupal-6.19/modules/taxonomy/taxonomy.pages.inc on line 34.
33

Eben Moglen: “...the Patent Crisis is Not Going Away.”

http://techrights.org

Here are just some among many takes on a talk about software patents and the Bilski case, courtesy of Professor Eben Moglen
Paula Rooney: Moglen: Bilski decision set back patent reform for more than a decade

Read more »
komrad's picture
Created by komrad 4 years 4 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 4 weeks ago
Category: Legal   Tags:
23

Software: What Exactly Can be Copyrighted?

http://www.h-online.com

One of the many arguments against allowing patents for software (alongside the principle argument that software is made up of algorithms, which are essentially mathematics, which is pure knowledge and hence is not patentable) is the fact that software is anyway covered by copyright law.

Read more »
mclaud2000's picture
Created by mclaud2000 4 years 7 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 7 weeks ago
Category: Legal   Tags:
34

Life is not read-only

http://www.lifesnotreadonly.net

They say it is piracy.

Downright stealing from other people, that’s what downloading is. You’re taking something for sale and not paying for it. Do you shoplift, or break into houses? Why should you download for free?

Read more »
mclaud2000's picture
Created by mclaud2000 4 years 8 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 8 weeks ago
Category: Philosophy   Tags:
29

The Internet Responds to ASCAP's Deceptive Claims

http://www.eff.org

In recent years, they've demanded fees from the Girl Scouts Of America for singing songs around a campfire, as well as from consumers for using unauthorized ring-tones in their cell-phones.

Read more »
lozz's picture
Created by lozz 4 years 9 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 9 weeks ago
Category: Legal   Tags:
38

Brazil's copyright law forbids using DRM to block fair use - Boing Boing

http://www.boingboing.net

"Brazil has just created the best-ever implementation of WIPO Copyright Treaty. In Brazil's version of the law, you can break DRM without breaking the law, provided you're not also committing a copyright violation. And what's more, any rightsholder who adds a DRM that restricts things that are allowed by Brazilian copyright laws ("fair dealing" or "fair use") faces a fine."

Read more »
spanky's picture
Created by spanky 4 years 9 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 9 weeks ago
Category: Legal   Tags:
24

Could Free Software Exist Without Copyright?

http://www.computerworlduk.com

[…] 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.

Read more »
akf's picture
Created by akf 4 years 9 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 9 weeks ago
Category: Philosophy   Tags:
17

SkunkPost.com || Pirates of the college campus

http://skunkpost.com

In United States the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 is making colleges and universities do the entertainment industry's dirty work by having to invest time and money "to effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material" or risk losing federal funding.

Read more »
spanky's picture
Created by spanky 4 years 10 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 10 weeks ago
Category: Legal   Tags:
28

Why I Steal Movies… Even Ones I'm In

http://gizmodo.com

Like a billion other people, I download things illegally. I'm also an actor, writer and director whose income depends on revenue from DVDs, movies and books. This leads to many conflicts in my head, in my heart, and in bars.

...

Read more »
ckhung's picture
Created by ckhung 4 years 17 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 17 weeks ago
Category: Legal   Tags:
27

Copying is Not Theft (Ogg Video)

http://techrights.org

Simple reminder of how copyright works; pass it on

Read more »
komrad's picture
Created by komrad 4 years 20 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 20 weeks ago
Category: Legal   Tags:
32

When Copyright Goes Bad - documentary

http://www.boingboing.net

Ben Cato Clough and Luke Upchurch's "When Copyright Goes Bad" (from Consumers International) is a great, 15-minute mini-documentary on what copyright can do, what it is doing, and what it needs to stop doing.

Read more »
kitin's picture
Created by kitin 4 years 20 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 20 weeks ago
Category: Legal   Tags:
28

NXS Dissects Special 301 Report: Using FOSS Targets You as a Criminal

http://news.northxsouth.com

NXS has provided the relevant excerpts from the IIPA's Special 301 Report and it's clear: if a country opts to use free software, the BSA wants them labeled criminals.

Read more »
ryanb's picture
Created by ryanb 4 years 27 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 27 weeks ago
Category: Opposition   Tags:
33

Why RMS will not sign the Public Domain Manifesto

http://www.fsf.org

The Public Domain Manifesto has its heart in the right place as it objects to some of the unjust extensions of copyright power, so Richard Stallman wish he could support it. However, it falls far short of what is needed.

Read more »
stargrave's picture
Created by stargrave 4 years 29 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 29 weeks ago
Category: Philosophy   Tags:
26

Richard Stallman speaking in Bern and protesting against Berne Convention

http://www.digitale-nachhaltigkeit.ch

«...The existing copyright system makes a few stars very rich, supports a small fraction of artists adequately, and is an abject failure for the rest. However, it is great for supporting the big business of the copyright industry—and nowadays they are extending it to forbid sharing. It is a system that attacks our freedom so it can waste our money.

Read more »
can.axis's picture
Created by can.axis 4 years 31 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 31 weeks ago
Category: Community   Tags:
28

Not All Copyright Assignment is Created Equal

http://ebb.org

In an interview with IT Wire, Mark Shuttleworth argues that all copyright assignment systems are equal, saying further that what Intel, Canonical and other for-profit companies ask for in the process are the same things asked for by Free Software non-profit organizations like the Free Software Foundation.

Read more »
stalinux's picture
Created by stalinux 4 years 32 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 32 weeks ago
Category: Legal   Tags:
23

On Copyright Assignment

http://blogs.fsfe.org

A little while back, Michael Meeks published a lengthy piece about copyright assignment (not nearly as lengthy as the articles he links to on untangling Wittgenstein's net). Go on, read it (Michael's stuff, not the net). It's worth your time. When you get to the bottom, follow the link to Dave Neary's take on assignment as well.

Read more »
gurpsmad's picture
Created by gurpsmad 4 years 35 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 35 weeks ago
Category: Legal   Tags: