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UK copyright laws to be freed up and parody laws relaxed

Downloading purchased CDs onto laptop to be legalised, but music industry call for levy on copying devices is rejected. By Mark Sweney
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The Rhetoric of Copyright Extremism

In the end, nothing happened. When the European parliament adopted a compromise version of MEP Julia Reda’s evaluation report of the EU copyright directive, the attempt of MEP Jean-Marie Cavada to restrict the right to publish pictures of buildings and artworks permanently installed in public places (“freedom of panorama”) was voted down by a huge margin.
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The Down Under book and film remind us our copyright law's still unfair for artists

Australian copyright law is broken, and the Australian Government isn’t moving quickly to fix it.

Borrowing, quoting, and homage are fundamental to the creative process. This is how people are inspired to create. Under Australian law, though, most borrowing is copyright infringement, unless it is licensed or falls within particular, narrow categories.
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Twitter removes plagiarized jokes, sparking copyright debate

Joke about a juice cleanse on Twitter, and you just might begin a national conversation on copyright laws. The Twitter account @PlagiarismBad, which spots plagiarized tweets, pointed out on Saturday that several users’ tweets had been removed after copying this joke from freelance writer Olga Lexell
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Public Interest Groups and Over a Thousand Users Call on the Copyright Office to Affirm Its Call for Sensible Copyright Policy

Under the copyright term extensions we've seen in leaked drafts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the quarter of a billion people living in six of the negotiating countries could lose access to 20 years of the public domain. This proposal conflicts not just with common sense, but with the suggestions from the United States Register of Copyrights that the U.S.
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UK internet users undaunted by threat of copyright theft prosecution (Wired UK)

A government report has revealed that the number of internet users in the UK who use exclusively legal services to access TV shows and music is declining. What's more, it shows that those who access content illegally are perfectly aware that people get caught and that people are suffering because of their actions.
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Twitter is deleting stolen jokes on copyright grounds

Let's face it: coming up with a grade-A tweet isn't easy. That's why some people just copy good tweets from other people and act like they came up with the 140-character witticism on their own. This has been going on since the beginning of Twitter.
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People who pay for content but also infringe copyright spend more | ZDNet

A survey for the Australian government has revealed that users who consume paid content in addition to downloading copyright-infringing content spend more than users who only consume non-infringing content.
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Cooking for copyright

Publish a book, song, even a recipe and your estate retains copyright for 70 years after you die. But what if you leave the work in your bottom drawer?
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FilmOn can use cable systems’ copyright license to stream broadcast TV

Lots of our TV-watching comes over the Internet today. Series programming, reality shows, movies, and even sports are available through Internet-based subscription services—nearly everything except for broadcast TV. That’s because many broadcast stations, whose signals go out over the public airwaves for all to receive, have fought tooth and nail in the courts to keep their signals off of the Internet.
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One Direction Remix Comp Entry is Copyright Infringing, Sony Says - TorrentFreak

An artist invited by One Direction to remix one of their tracks as part of a competition has been hit with copyright infringement complaints. Lee Adams' remix of Steal My Girl was uploaded to Soundcloud as required but the track was taken down not once but twice.
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Filings Set Stage for New Ruling in GSU Copyright Case

Remand briefs have now been filed in the Georgia State University (GSU) e-reserves case (Cambridge University Press v. Patton) setting the stage for a new decision in the closely watched copyright infringement action. The question is, will the outcome be significantly different the second time around?
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Large-scale online pirates to face up to 10 years’ jail under ministers’ proposals

Commercial infringement of copyright online should in future be punishable by up to 10 years in prison, ministers are proposing.

A consultation launched by the Intellectual Property Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is calling for the present maximum sentence of two years to be significantly increased.
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Should the Pirates get 10 Years, or just walk the Plank? The 1709 Blog

Some considerable time after the Gowers Review (pdf) recommended (recommendation 36) that the maximum term of imprisonment for online criminal infringement should be increased, the IPO has launched a consultation [pdf) on whether the term should be raised from the current 2 years to a maximum of 10 years. In an effort to stick to its policy of evidence-based decision making, the consultation document exhorts would-be respondents to say rather more than just Yes or No when replying.
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EXCESS COPYRIGHT: Access Copyright Gets its Wish for a Post-Secondary Tariff Hearing at the Copyright Board

Access Copyright (“AC”) is finally getting what it wishes for, which is a consolidated hearing at the Copyright Board on its post-secondary tariffs for 2011-2013 and 2014-2017.
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South Africa Copyright Amendment Bill Published For Public Comment

The publication for public comment of the much-anticipated South African draft Copyright Amendment Bill has cautiously been welcomed by some stakeholders, who believe that parts of the draft are unworkable. 
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Librarians cook up vintage recipes in bid to change copyright laws

Librarians across Australia have cooked up a tasty campaign to try and change the country's copyright laws.

 

....The aim is to encourage the Attorney-General to look at changing the law so that unpublished works are treated the same way as published ones.

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Copyright and music: Can Ireland succeed where UK failed?

Mason Hayes & Curran examines copyright legislation and private copying exceptions. It didn’t work in the UK, but could it work in Ireland?
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The Copyright Office Belongs in a Library

It's been an exciting summer for the Library of Congress. Last month, the Librarian Dr. James Billington announced he would soon be stepping down, vacating a seat he's held for some 28 years. That announcement came hot on the heels of a new legislative proposal—the nigh-ungooglable CODE Act, which stands for “Copyright Office for the Digital Economy”—to spin the Copyright Office out of the Library and into its own independent agency.
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TPP's Copyright Trap

Our Last Stand Against Undemocratic International Agreements That Ratchet up Term Lengths and Devastate the Public Domain
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If The UK Wants People To 'Respect' Copyright, Outlawing Ripping CDs Is Probably Not Helping | Techdirt

We had two separate stories late last week about copyright issues in the UK, and it occurred to me that a followup relating one to the other might be in order. The first one, from Thursday, was about the UK's plan to try, once again, to push a new "education campaign" to teach people that "copyright is good." We've seen these campaigns pop up over and over again for decades now, and they tend to lead to complete ridicule and outright mockery. And yet, if you talk to film studio and record label execs, they continually claim that one of the most important things they need to do is to teach people to "respect" copyright through education campaigns.
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Pasco school district reacts quickly to copyright concern

"It's come to our attention that one of our books, Rich and Engaging Mathematical Tasks Grades 5-9, is posted in its entirety, for free, as a PDF on a Pasco county website," wrote Joanne Hodges of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She attached a screen shot for proof.
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Pirates face 10 years in prison under UK copyright shake-up (Wired UK)

Pirates found guilty of copyright infringement could face up to 10 years in prison under new plans unveiled by the government
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Researcher Receives Copyright Threat After Exposing Security Hole - TorrentFreak

A researcher who exposed security flaws in tools used to monitor the Internet usage of UK students has been hit with a copyright complaint. 'Slipstream' discovered flaws in Impero Education Pro which could reveal the personal details of thousands of pupils but in response Impero has sent in its legal team.
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Federal judge gives FilmOn the copyright win Aereo couldn’t get

A federal judge has ruled that video-streaming service FilmOn should be treated like a cable company and is entitled to the same compulsory copyright license that cable systems get.

It's a huge and unexpected win, coming not long after Aereo failed when it tried to make the same argument in court. If upheld, the decision would open a route to legal TV-over-Internet businesses—not just for FilmOn but for future competitors.
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Instagram, an artist and the $100,000 selfies – appropriation in the digital age

It’s a question as old as art itself: “Yeah, but is it art?”

Type it into Google and get 1.26 billion results. It lends itself to book titles, television series and conversations between white walls, whetted by prosecco.

It’s a question asked of a shark in formaldehyde; an unmade bed; a sleeping footballer; two humans meeting in silence across a table, and before those of John Cage; Mondrian; Pollock.
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