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Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson - review

Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson - review | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it
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Steve Poole on the techno-utopianism of Chris Anderson's Makers:The new Industrial Revolution

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Tintin And The Copyright Sharks - Falkvinge on Infopolicy

Tintin And The Copyright Sharks - Falkvinge on Infopolicy | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it

The strange case of the Tintin copyright

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A Handy Guide To Remixing Without Getting Sued

A Handy Guide To Remixing Without Getting Sued | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it
Want to remix other people's work? Here's how you can do it, publish your work, and protect yourself from a lawsuit.
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A Video Game in Which You Make Video Games Fights Pirates with Piracy

A Video Game in Which You Make Video Games Fights Pirates with Piracy | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it
There's a recent tradition of developers screwing with pirates—from releasing enormous, immortal pink scorpions on them, to booby trapping their games with glitches when they get cracked.
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Appeals Court Overturns Case Against Richard Prince

Appeals Court Overturns Case Against Richard Prince | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it
In a case with broad implications for the art world, a court decided largely in favor of the appropriation artist, who made use of work by the photographer Patrick Cariou without permission.
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Pirate Party Battles LEGO Over Copyright and Trademark Injunction | TorrentFreak

Pirate Party Battles LEGO Over Copyright and Trademark Injunction | TorrentFreak | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it
The timeless plastic bricks of LEGO can be built into predetermined items such as a car or house but can also be formed into any shape, the options limited only by the creativeness of its builder.
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Lego uses copyright law to stop pirate party Lego video bringing "disrepute" on their brand after gaining so much from Lego remixes

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Copyright Hardliners Adapt 'Copyright Reform' Language; They Just Mean In The Other Direction | Techdirt

Copyright Hardliners Adapt 'Copyright Reform' Language; They Just Mean In The Other Direction | Techdirt | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it
Neelie Kroes has emerged as perhaps the most Net-savvy politician in the European Commission, with her repeated calls for a new approach to copyright in Europe that takes cognizance of the shift to a digital world.
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Kenyan Filmmaker using 'Pirates' As His Distributors

Kenyan Filmmaker using 'Pirates' As His Distributors | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it

Patrick Mureithi, a Kenyan filmmaker, is hoping to show his documentary on post-election violence and rebuilding in his home country, and is raising travel funds via Indiegogo. Most of this $5,000 will go directly to travel expenses, as Mureithi is counting on some of his countrymen to handle the rest.


"I need to raise at least $5,000 for airfare, meals and transportation. Airfare is $2,000, transportation and meals another $2,000, and $1,000 is for miscellaneous expenses. My hope is to show the film on national television, and also to distribute it at minimum cost via the DVD piracy industry. Anything extra that I raise will go towards venue and equipment rental so that I can host public awareness forums"

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The Patent Problem

The Patent Problem | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it
Without those assurances, there would arguably be no incentive to innovate; why invest money and effort on a breakthrough that anyone could then take and sell? ... But over the years patents became much more than just protection.
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Toronto & Western Break Ranks to Sign Access Copyright Deal

Toronto & Western Break Ranks to Sign Access Copyright Deal | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it

The universities of Western Ontario and Toronto have signed a deal with Access. Copyright that allows for surveillance of faculty ecorrespondence

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Photographer Appeals Ruling Saying It's Not Infringement To Have Vaguely Similar Photos | Techdirt

Photographer Appeals Ruling Saying It's Not Infringement To Have Vaguely Similar Photos | Techdirt | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it
Last summer, we wrote about a simply ridiculous lawsuit from a photographer, Janine Gordon, against another photographer, Ryan McGinley, claiming copyright infringement for taking photos that were at best marginally similar.
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ISPs speak out against legal change dubbed ‘Irish SOPA’

ISPs speak out against legal change dubbed ‘Irish SOPA’ | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it
The furious debate surrounding the statutory instrument to amend the Copyright Act 2000 – dubbed the ‘Irish SOPA’ – until now has seen one group maintain a dignified silence.
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The Sky Is Rising | Techdirt.

The Sky Is Rising | Techdirt. | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it

How the entertainment industry is growing and growing -infographic

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Stop SOPA Ireland | 

Stop SOPA Ireland |  | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it

Petition against the signing into Irish law of “S.I. No. of 2011 European Communities (Copyright and Related Rights) Regulations 2011." aka SOPAIreland, 70,000 signatures by Jan 29th

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“Irish SOPA” To Receive First Test in Pirate Bay Blocking Case | TorrentFreak

“Irish SOPA” To Receive First Test in Pirate Bay Blocking Case | TorrentFreak | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it
One of the ISPs targeted by the major recording labels in the latest Pirate Bay blocking case says it will not voluntarily censor the website. Irish ISP UPC, the second largest in the country, says that service providers should not be the ones to decide what subscribers can and cannot consume. As a result, the so-called “Irish SOPA” legislation introduced last year will soon receive its first test at the Commercial Court.
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The music industry cartel reveals that they have a list of 260 websites to be blocked if this test is successful, which means that Irish SOPA has turned out exactly as predicted by its opponents and in direct contradiction to government assurances of what would not happen with the bill.

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Open Source Is Old School, Says The GitHub Generation

Open Source Is Old School, Says The GitHub Generation | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it
For years the software industry has trended toward ever more permissive licensing, to the point that today the GitHub developer crowd rejects formal licensing altogether. How can this end well?
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Music Piracy Down, Revenue Up, Thanks To New Legal Alternatives

Music Piracy Down, Revenue Up, Thanks To New Legal Alternatives | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it
Spotify, not law enforcement, was key to lowering piracy and raising revenue in 2012
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Is It Illegal To Unlock an iPhone?

According to the EFF the situation is better - and worse than you think.

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Entertainment Industry Creates Piracy - Business Insider

Entertainment Industry Creates Piracy - Business Insider | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it
Which brings us back to the empirical evidence on lawful alternatives and piracy rates. The fact that people eschew the black market when there is a legitimate alternative tells you that they're not thieves looking to steal.
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Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson - review

Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson - review | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it
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Steve Poole on the techno-utopianism of Chris Anderson's Makers:The new Industrial Revolution

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Police Seize nine old girl's laptop

Police Seize nine old girl's laptop | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it
An anti-piracy company has found itself in the middle of a huge controversy. CIAPC, the company that had The Pirate Bay blocked by ISPs in Finland, tracked an alleged file-sharer and demanded a cash settlement.
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RIAA Prefers Customers Who Buy A Little To Pirates Who Buy A Lot - Techdirt

RIAA Prefers Customers Who Buy A Little To Pirates Who Buy A Lot - Techdirt | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it
RIAA Prefers Customers Who Buy A Little To Pirates Who Buy A LotTechdirtBut the public spoke and the P2P finding went viral: the biggest pirates are the best customers.
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Copyright lawsuit targets owners of non-secure wireless networks

A federal lawsuit filed in Massachusetts could test the question of whether individuals who leave their wireless networks unsecured can be held liable if someone uses the network to illegally download copyrighted content.
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Do Students Have Copyright to Their Own Notes? | MindShift

Do Students Have Copyright to Their Own Notes? | MindShift | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it
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Angry Birds boss: 'Piracy may not be a bad thing: it can get us more business'

Angry Birds boss: 'Piracy may not be a bad thing: it can get us more business' | Copyright and its Discontents | Scoop.it
Stuart Dredge: Rovio's Mikael Hed tells music industry audience that embracing pirates can attract new fans...
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IT Law in Ireland: Ireland's SOPA: A FAQ

What's this all about?

Long story short: the Irish government plans, before the end of January, to bring in a law which would allow Irish courts to block access to websites accused of infringing copyright (and possibly do other things as well).

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