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Posts Tagged ‘copyright’

The megalife of Kim Dotcom

The megalife of Kim Dotcom

He attributes the charges and the raid on Dotcom's $24 million New Zealand mansion to "copyright extremism" on the part of the U.S. government... He looked like a character Hollywood might produce: a giant, swashbuckling, black-suited jet-setter, bikinied babes on his arm, yachts, planes and exotic cars at his disposal. He displayed a villainous [...]

America’s copyright scholars speak out against PROTECT-IP bill

America’s copyright scholars speak out against PROTECT-IP bill

Eugene Volokh, David Levine, and Mark Lemley and a group of more than 90 prominent IP law professors have signed a letter objecting to the far-reaching PROTECT-IP bill, introduced by Senators Leahy, Shumer, Grassley, Feinstein, Whitehouse, Graham, Kohl, Coons and Blumenthal. PROTECT-IP is your basic bat shit insane Internet law that would [...]

Poor countries have more piracy because media costs too much

Poor countries have more piracy because media costs too much

Media Piracy in Emerging Economies, an academic report on pricing and copyright infringement in poor countries, comes to the conclusion that high media prices (as measured against the average wage in poor countries) are responsible for piracy... that is, when you control for social attitudes towards copying, enforcement differences, and so [...]

3D printing’s first copyright complaint goes away, but things are just getting started

3D printing’s first copyright complaint goes away, but things are just getting started

More news on the first-ever DMCA threat for violating a copyright in a 3D object -- Ulrich Schwanitz has rescinded his complaint and will release his shape into the public domain today. Here's a summary for those of you who missed it: last week, Ulrich Schwanitz figured out how to print the "impossible" Penrose Triangle," a well-known [...]

Latest leaked draft of secret copyright treaty: US trying to cram DRM rules down the world’s throats

Latest leaked draft of secret copyright treaty: US trying to cram DRM rules down the world’s throats

Michael Geist writes in with the latest news on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the secret, closed-door copyright treaty that will bring US-style copyright rules (and worse) to the whole world. Particularly disturbing is the growing support for "three-strikes" copyright rules that would disconnect whole families from the [...]