The Change and Evolution of Copyright Laws and Pirating
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I have compiled 5 articles that touch on the subject of copyright laws and how they need to change.
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Music Piracy: Major Studies Conflicted Over Recording Industry Impact - Forbes

Music Piracy: Major Studies Conflicted Over Recording Industry Impact - Forbes | The Change and Evolution of Copyright Laws and Pirating | Scoop.it
Music Piracy: Major Studies Conflicted Over Recording Industry Impact
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Taken at face value, our findings indicate that digital music piracy does not displace legal music purchases in digital format.

 

Alex - Conflicting reports supporting both sides of the argument for/against piracy. In my opinion, the industry is still evolving, and this is what is giving us these different results.


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White House Petition Launched To 'Recast Copyright For The Digital Age' | Techdirt

White House Petition Launched To 'Recast Copyright For The Digital Age' | Techdirt | The Change and Evolution of Copyright Laws and Pirating | Scoop.it

A whole bunch of folks (surprising, given the number of signatures on the petition so far) have sent over a new "We the People..." petition on the White House's site, asking the White House to "recast copyright law for the digital era." The petition notes that the public has lost respect for copyright law, and the government should take steps to fix that, including securing first sale rights, more transparency and a right to remix.

 

The public disregards copyright law because it is out of sync with the digital age. We want the right to resell digital content (ebooks, etc.) that we've paid for. We need transparency in the marketplace to understand what rights we have.

Additionally, as responsible creators we need to be able to freely remix existing music and other forms of creative expression to create new works without undue fear of prosecution. This upholds the original Constitutional purpose of copyright, which is to promote progress.

This will nurture the process of innovation and the sharing of our culture. The language of the existing copyright law must be changed to accommodate the way information is being created and consumed in our digital world.

 

There can be plenty of debates over where to set copyright law's specific boundaries, but it seems clear that if it's ever to regain any kind of respect, it needs to move in the direction advocated above. I don't know the specifics, but apparently this petition was first put together by a "digital copyright" class at Dominican University, and a bunch of its students appear to be tweeting about it...


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Arthur Dahlgren's comment, April 16, 2013 8:37 PM
This article goes much more in depth about the petition that is on my Scoop.it.
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Broadcast Treaty Is Baaaaaack: Plan To Create Yet Another Copyright-Like Right For Hollywood | Techdirt

Broadcast Treaty Is Baaaaaack: Plan To Create Yet Another Copyright-Like Right For Hollywood | Techdirt | The Change and Evolution of Copyright Laws and Pirating | Scoop.it

Every few years the proposal for a "broadcast treaty" comes up again. The idea is to give a new copyright-like right to broadcasters. So, for example, should NBC broadcast a public domain film, like George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, it could then effectively claim a copyright-like control over it, so that you couldn't record it and make use of it yourself. If that seems like a really dumb idea to you, welcome to the club. You're not alone. Basically, everyone who isn't tied to a broadcaster thinks it's a terrible idea. Even Mr. Mythbuster Adam Savage spoke out against the idea two years ago when it last came around.

Indeed, it does seem to come around every few years like clockwork, as Hollywood pushes WIPO to put together a treaty creating broadcast rights. For a brief while, driven by some more enlightened folks within the Obama administration, the US government had pushed back against such a treaty, but nearly all of those people have long since left the administration, replaced by longterm entertainment industry folks and copyright maximalists. So it was little surprise last year when the US suddenly announced that it now supported a broadcast treaty. That announcement came from Shira Perlmutter, a former entertainment industry lobbyist, now 'Director of International Affairs' at the USPTO.

 

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Arthur Dahlgren's comment, April 16, 2013 8:39 PM
I find this absolutely horrifying last I checked I had to pay a cable bill in order to have television and now if this happens I'm going to be told that I cannot record something that I paid for. I surely hope this doesn't work out.
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MPAA Starts Backing Away, Slowly, From Bogus Piracy Stats (But New Bogus Stats Are On Their Way) | Techdirt

MPAA Starts Backing Away, Slowly, From Bogus Piracy Stats (But New Bogus Stats Are On Their Way) | Techdirt | The Change and Evolution of Copyright Laws and Pirating | Scoop.it
We've been among the many, many people who have highlighted the MPAA's penchant for using totally bogus "piracy" numbers in arguing for why it needs ever stronger copyright laws and enforcement. Others have stepped in with...
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Arthur Dahlgren's comment, April 16, 2013 8:28 PM
The MPAA is famous for posting statistics with no evidence and very little to no background information. As to wether or not they will ever stop posting those stats my personal opinion is that they won't. They way I see it is those stats accurate or not are publicity for the MPAA, if they would have never released bogus statistics all the time I would have no idea who they are.
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Recast copyright law for the digital era. It's time to regain public respect with laws that make sense. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

Recast copyright law for the digital era. It's time to regain public respect with laws that make sense. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government | The Change and Evolution of Copyright Laws and Pirating | Scoop.it
White House petition: Recast copyright law for digital era; time to regain public respect with laws that make sense. http://t.co/fEqS9c8g8J
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Arthur Dahlgren's comment, April 16, 2013 8:31 PM
I agree with this petition simply on the fact that there are people out there who bought the rights to something, they didn't even create they just wait for someone to use it and then file a lawsuit.
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Why I Stopped Pirating and Started Paying for Media

Why I Stopped Pirating and Started Paying for Media | The Change and Evolution of Copyright Laws and Pirating | Scoop.it
Let's be honest for second: most of us have illegally downloaded something in our lives. Maybe it was a song, some software, a game, or a movie. For a period I pirated everything I could.

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Arthur Dahlgren's comment, April 16, 2013 8:36 PM
I absolutely love this article, it gives a great insight into the mind of the consumer. I also completely agree with the author and I found myself relating to him in the way that i used to pirate music and now pay for digital downloads.
Catherine Christaki's comment, April 17, 2013 3:14 AM
Exactly why I liked it too :)