Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Presenting Copyright issues to highschool teacher

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 02/27/2002 - 13:03

Russell McOrmond passed along Presentation Notes given to a group of teachers at their professional development day on copyright reform consultation.

He provides answers to questions like; \"The \"socialist\" ideas presented in this discussion may be easier to morally justify, but we live in a capitalist society.
\", \"What is Microsoft \".NET\"? \", and \"If you don\'t restrict peoples ability to copy, how do you make money?\".

Supreme Court To Hear Internet Copyright Challenge

Submitted by Ieleen on Fri, 02/22/2002 - 13:58

Hiawatha Bray writes...

\"A New Hampshire man\'s challenge to the federal copyright law is on its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. And if Eric Eldred of East Derry is victorious, the nation\'s recording companies, book publishers, and movie studios could lose control of vast libraries of intellectual property worth billions of dollars.\"

Entertainment Public Performance Movie Copyright Compliance for Public Libraries

Submitted by Ieleen on Thu, 02/21/2002 - 15:34

The following was posted to a listserv and is being submitted verbatim (so to speak).$presentations/movliclib.pdf
\"ST. LOUIS - Movie Licensing USA, Licensing Agent for Walt Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, DreamWorks, Columbia, Sony, MGM and other major motion picture studios, now provides Movie Copyright Compliance Site Licensing to public libraries for the public performance of entertainment videos. The Movie License ensures copyright compliance for showing of films in the library facilities which were produced by the studios represented.

Creative Commons: Lessig copyright project.

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 02/12/2002 - 13:45

Troy Johnson of 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: Story.

The Great Giveaway

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 01/31/2002 - 11:10

/. pointed out this New Scientist story on open source. The article is also Copylefted.

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\".

Universal Music Group to Release Restricted CDs

Submitted by Aaron on Sat, 12/29/2001 - 12:44

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

Music Industry Out of Sync with Consumers

Submitted by Ieleen on Wed, 12/19/2001 - 12:35

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.

Rights v. Rights - when copying is not copying

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 12/17/2001 - 18:10

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.