Archive for the ‘Intellectual property issues’ Category

Copyright licensing for music in podcasts

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

The MCPS and PRS in the United Kingdom have just launched a licensing scheme for music in podcasts. Interestingly, it allows non-DRM'd podcasts, but only if the first and last 10 seconds of the track are obscured with speech or a station ID. That's a long fade. It also appears ...

Sounds like communications research to me

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

Over at Boing Boing Cory points to a new paper by Siva Vaidhyanathan proposing a new 'interdisciplinary discipline' of Critical Information Studies. The short blurb I've read so far sounds very like the areas covered by Political Economy of media, and more generally, the sort of work that students and ...

Owning information

Sunday, February 5th, 2006

Each morning, six days a week, I get a mail from The Irish Times, with information about the stories appearing in that day's paper. At the end of the email is a copyright notice, which reads in part:Articles and information appearing in The Irish Times News Digest are owned by ...

To each cow its calf, to each grad student a conference presentation

Monday, January 16th, 2006

Yay! Looks like I'll be presenting my paper on an early - 6th century A.D. - Irish copyright case at the ICA conference in Dresden. [Yes, I'm aware it's a rather specialized topic.] More fun - it appears that Jürgen Habermas will be one of the keynote speakers.

Toasted Heretic burnt by I.P. issues?

Monday, January 16th, 2006

Courtesy of Simon, an odd story on the Toasted Heretic website, about how they have been sent a cease-and-desist in response to their use of (a parody of) the Tayto-man logo on their new album, Now in New Nostalgia Flavour, which is essentially a reissue of their 1980s albums, which ...

Data retention mission creep

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

Terrorism. Organised crime. File sharing. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it? That's what the music industry seems to think in Europe, where they are lobbying for the proposed data retention directive to beextended to cover all criminal offences, including piracy, and not just "serious" crimes, as the original proposal ...

Irish libraries to pay copyright holders for borrowed books

Saturday, August 6th, 2005

I reported some time ago on the EU directive that required libraries to pay copyright holders every time a text is borrowed. The context of that post was that the Irish government, in implementing the directive, had exercised a clause allowing certain classes of libraries to be exempted and in ...

Ní bheidh RnaG ag podcraoladh

Monday, July 4th, 2005

Scríobh mé chuig RTE ag moladh go dtosnódh RnaG ag podcraoladh. Fuair mé r-phost inniú freagra inniu ag míniú nach mbeidh RTÉ nó RnaG ag podcraoladh mar:With regards to the podcast and mp3 issues we can't do it for legal reasons due with the copyrights of music on the shows ...

Removing the right to cover?

Saturday, June 25th, 2005

This is bizarre. The U.S. copyright office is proposing that the compsulory right of artists to record covers (subject to a non-discriminatory fee) be abolished. The record companies are opposing the move - so for once they're seeing the problems with decreasing options to build on prior art, since their ...

Ulysses out of copyright?

Saturday, June 25th, 2005

Via Clancy I came across word of an article by Robert Spoo in the Yale Law Review that argues that Ulysses is out of copyright in the United States. The core of the argument seems to be that since Joyce and the publishers of Ulysses did not comply with the ...