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Troy Johnson writes \" Good article on ecology of intellectual property that discusses how the oppossing sides of the intellectual property debate may have shared interest that they need to look out for. The shared interest are similar to how bird watchers and bird hunters have a shared interest in preserving birds.
Troy Johnson of bibliofuture.com writes \"This is an article about a project being created by Lawrence Lessig, a copyright law professor at Stanford, that will help authors and artist get more flexible licenses for their work.
The project is called Creative Commons and it will allow authors and artist to download licenses that have more options than current copyright. \"
They have a Site in place, no content yet though. See also:
They say open source has come to embody a political stand--one that values freedom of expression, mistrusts corporate power, and is uncomfortable with private ownership of knowledge. It\'s \"a broadly libertarian view of the proper relationship between individuals and institutions\".
Are we living in the end days of \"free\" music? Are we living in the end days of free use? By Spring of 2002, UMG will be the first record label to release restrited CDs as standard policy. These disc often have trouble playing in some older CD players, as well as in computers and automobiles. Read the full story on Stereophile.com
Who hasn\'t made a copy of his or her favorite recordings to take keep in the car or take to work? It\'s been an acceptable practice since consumer recording devices came into existence. The music industry wants to change all that. In the aftermath of Napster, and as part of the recording industry\'s incessant greed, they want to take their copyright battle to new levels, going from virtual downloads into bricks and mortar stores. As with major software companies, the music industry wants to force consumers to buy more than one copy of a single recording. Not do they want it to be illegal, they want it to also be technologically impossible for the average consumer to record copies of their own purchased music for their own personal use in their own alternate devices. More
Rights v. Rights may be slightly dated, but it\'s still worth a read. From the 64th IFLA General Conference, in 1998, \"This paper highlights the copyright barriers that can arise for visually impaired readers in the context of the \"Information Society\". It starts by enunciating certain basic rights which set the backcloth for the ensuing discussion. The historical setting of the pre-electronic era is briefly described. Recent ground-breaking legislation is then summarised. The author then details some of the new copyright issues posed as a result of the opportunities opened up by information technology. Finally, the paper reviews some of the ways in which legislators have begun to address these new questions.
Many librarians and opponents of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) are rejoicing at the news that charges have been dropped against Russian hacker Dmitry Sklyarov for violation of copyright laws. If convicted, he could have spent 5 years in prison and been fined $500,000.More from Wired News.
Wednesday a pair of federal courts siding with the music and record industry, the Electronic Frontier Foundation lost two of its most important intellectual property cases so far.
Many had pinned their hopes on these lawsuits as a way to eviscerate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Some historians fear that President Bush\'s recent act which limits access to the papers of former presidents is going to hinder historical research. A group of history professors are considering filing a lawsuit against the government in order to challenge the act. More
The laws are causing the death of culture and the loss of the world\'s intellectual history. Lawrence Lessig says copyright has grown from providing 14 years of protection a century ago to 70 years beyond the creator\'s death, and has become a tool of large corporations eager to indefinitely prolong their control of a market.
The web isn\'t going to kill libraries, the laws are.