Archive for the ‘Intellectual property issues’ Category

An end to the Free Music Archive

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Sorry to hear, courtesy of Radio Survivor, of the end of the Free Music Archive. It's worth listening to the Radio Survivor podcast in full, as it goes into some detail on the development, and the context within which the Archive was developed, and in which this latest development occurs. The ...

Compare and contrast

Friday, April 20th, 2012

People think I'm completely evil and what I'm doing is completely immoral, but at the end of the day I feel like I'm just educating people on technology. That's Hunter Moore, founder of 'revenge porn' site IsAnyOneUp, as quoted by the BBC. Compare that with the rationale provided for an 'art' ...

The interplay of copyright and creativity – a Storify collection

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

I've recently started playing around with Storify. In the piece embedded below, I'm gathering together various different snippets concerning the interplay of copyright and creativity.

The perils of poor copy-editing

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

This article about PhoneDog's suing of a former employee, Noah Kravitz, over his twitter account is interesting in itself (they're claiming rights to the account followers, as a customer list, and seeking compensation on that basis). However, what caught my eye was the claim in the RTÉ sub-heading that Kravitz ...

Yes Men bow to BP complaints – in their own way

Monday, March 10th, 2008

To be a satirist necessitates a certain thickness of skin. You're going to be upsetting people (if you do it properly), and need to be comfortable staring them down. So what do you do when you get a letter from a potential target complaining about a satire that never actually ...

The Cliff Richards performance copyright extension

Friday, February 15th, 2008

The EU commission is proposing to extend copyright terms for performers of music, to match the existing terms for composers. The notion of retroactive extension is problematic (though not unprecedented), but there are some interesting aspects to the proposal:For session musicians, the record companies will set up a fund reserving at least ...

Of strikes and solidarity

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

The Writers' strike has garnered quite a bit of support, both from other entertainment workers and from the wider public. One idea for support that originated with fans, before being picked up by the union, is to send pencils to the media moguls that run 6 of the major companies ...

A Critical Ear – latest edition

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

This week's show is now online. It lasts just around an hour, and features Bob Naiman and myself discussing Pakistan, Iran, and the success of Brazil's AIDS drugs policy. Locally we discuss SEIU's possible strike and the growing support from the campus community, and the CCHCC protest about the exclusion ...

Solidarity efforts for WGA

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

As the Writers' strike continues into a second week, word of an interesting solidarity action as many of the blogs that usually cover the content generated by these writers are 'going dark' for a day to express their support. This at the same time that another group of writers, working ...

Derivative works, public domain archives, and copyright

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

An intriguing little debate happening over at Wikimedia-UK where there's interest in the Royal Society's decision to put copies of all their journals, going back to 1665, online. The rub is that the free access to the journals lasts only through to December, with the material going behind a pay-wall ...