Today I learned that the Librarian of Congress is required every three years to clarify requirements of the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) (primarily, I gather, to take into account changes in technology). The latest update, issued today, included a ruling that copyright cannot be used to prevent purchasers of smartphones, including iPhones, from jailbreaking […]
Bloomberg reports that a Colorado photographer, Louis Psihoyos, has sued Apple, claiming that an image used in the iPhone app marketed by i.TV, is his property. He claims, according to the report, that “By commercially exploiting the plaintiff’s copyrighted image in the i.TV application without the plaintiff’s consent or licensure, defendant Apple has damaged the […]
Copyright is not exactly a tech topic, but it is a topic important to bloggers and techies. Scientific Blogging offers a discussion of the history and interpretation of copyright law in the United States. It can be found here. A nugget: The competition between copyright protection and free expression existed long before digital files and […]
Victor Keegan, writing in the Guardian, wonders how the music industry can’t get with the program and figure out how to make money in a digital era. Read the full story here. Of course they are making money–just not as much as they think they should be making. According to the artilcle, music industry profits […]
One year in jail and fines. Read the full story, including a discussion of the larger legal implications, here. The four founders of The Pirate Bay, an online site for free sharing of music and films, were found guilty of contributing to copyright infringement and sentenced to one-year prison terms each.Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, […]
Henry Porter writing in the Observer attempts to make the “Or Not” case. Read the full column here. I suggest you do, because it presages the arguments of those who would strangle technology to preserve walled gardens.
I don’t do music file sharing. Getting more music than I already have doesn’t interest me, but the Pirate Bay trial certainly has much larger implications for contemporary copyright enforcement across the board. Read the full story here. See the Pirate Bay Wikipedia entry here.
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Show #4 Notes – 10/24/0 Whats New with Mac OS X Server IPods and IPhones Help in Mac Sales? Windows MINWIN Wireless SD Card Half CD, Half Vinyl Comcast BlocksBit Torrent Traffic Dot ComFever Part II A New Napster Make Office 2007 Look Like 2003 Law Firm Uses Copyright Claim to Deny Use of Source […]