The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced that it has joined several other literary groups supporting Captain America creator Joseph H. Simon\'s effort to reclaim his copyright from Marvel Comics. The SFWA joined the Authors Guild Inc., the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the National Writers Union, Novelists Inc., the Society of Children\'s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Text and Academic Authors Association in an amicus curiae brief supporting Simon\'s claim. \"
They give a little mention to Docster, but the story is very limited on any details of the panel discussion or anything else.
Anyone have a better link to what went on there?
I\'d love to hear more about what was said.
If you\'ve read most of the other stories I posted on this subject there isn\'t much new here, but he makes some good points. Joshua S. Bauchner says the corruption of copyright harms the public interest, and contravene the principles of a democratic society.
Since copyright holders, often not the creative authors, ensured the massive expansion of their monopoly, many of the new laws we are seeing around the world work against the people who were supposed to be protected in the first place.
The bad news about the copyright grab just keeps on coming. It really looks like we are losing something important, and we have to act. Here is a story in the San Diego Union Tribune about how actual laws are being copyrighted - and the copyright found to be valid in court cases, including a Federal appeals court. In other words, governments are not free to distribute the whole of the law - in some cases you have to buy it from a private party in order to read it, or your library has to buy it (as long as that is still allowed - publishers are working on that now).
Lisa Bowman writes...
Groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union, American Library Association and EFF have been wildly successful overturning crackdowns on Internet content, including the Communications Decency Act. But so far, they\'ve been on the losing side of battles to protect free speech in the face of corporate copyright owners seeking unprecedented digital privileges--battles such as the DeCSS case. [more...] from ZDNet.
John McNaughton writes... \"The RIAA is so obsessed with the supposed threat of the internet to its members\' prosperity, it is prepared to go to unbelievable lengths to stamp out that threat. Readers of this column will be aware that the RIAA is suing a US magazine for publishing the code of a small computer program called DeCSS that unscrambles DVD files so that Linux users can play their own disks. What is perhaps less well known is that a company that prints the DeCSS code on a T-shirt is also being sued.
Lawrence Lessig wrote an interesting OP-ED Piece at the NY Times on how silly copyright law is getting. Congress has extended the term of existing copyrights 11 times in the past 40 years. Current copyright law says the term is the life of the author — plus 70 years.
He says \"At some point, every story — and certainly one like this — should be free for others to use and criticize.\"
How do you apply a decades-old copyright law in an era where Napster, Google and Lexis-Nexis reign over desktops?
That is just one of the dilemmas that Supreme Court judges hashed out in a hearing on Wednesday for a case that could set a legal standard for copyright in the electronic age.
[more...] from Wired News.