News from the Future of Public Media — Center for Social Media at American University

Posted in Uncategorized by coda on September 30, 2009

We will be covering some of the exceptions to the copyright legislation, in particular "fair dealing". The folks at Future of Public Media have an interesting discussion going and some very practical examples, which I find quite provocative.


Pirate Party Australia Plans Election Onslaught

Posted in Uncategorized by coda on September 30, 2009
  • tags: copyright

    • After winning 7.1 per cent of Swedish votes in this year’s European Parliament elections, The Pirate Party has opened up a branch in Australia and plans to contest the next federal election.

      The party, which will campaign on a platform of anti-internet censorship and the decriminalisation of non-commercial file sharing, has already signed up 550 members, enough for it to register as a party with the Australian Electoral Commission.

      It plans to hold internal elections for leadership positions – president, general secretary, treasurer and their deputies – on October 7.

The Internet as a forum of democratic engagement?

‘Nigel the Crazy Noonga’ Website Shut Down | Racism Outrage

Posted in Uncategorized by coda on September 30, 2009
  • tags: free speech, human rights, hate speech

    • A website set up by a Perth student about a fictional Aboriginal character has been shut down and is being investigated by police amid racism claims.

      The website, which Radio 6PR reports was created by a 19-year-old Curtin University student, features audio excerpts  of a character called "Nigel the crazy Noonga", who prank calls businesses and fast-food outlets with a fake Aboriginal accent.

      The portrayal of negative Aboriginal stereotypes has sparked outrage from the Aboriginal community.

      Craig Somerville, lecturer at the Curtin University Centre for Aboriginal Studies, told 6PR he believed the material on the website had crossed the line between humour and racism.

      "This is very nasty, rude and bad material," he said.

      "It’s not only bad humour; it perpetuates a wrong judgment about Aboriginal people."

Had we an ILaw program in Semester 2, this would have been a good case study.

A Teaching Moment For Lily Allen [Update: And *Poof* Goes Her Blog] | Techdirt

Posted in Uncategorized by coda on September 30, 2009

Ask any student or young person whether file sharing of copyright works is illegal and it is likely that the answer will an unequivocal "no"! It is easy to refute this answer by pointing to the Copyright legislation and the rights granted to authors and owners of works protected by copyright. The reasons given are: illegal file sharing reduces the "incentive" to create; it harms those type of activities that copyright law is intended to encourage; and more generally, there are financial consequences to the creative industries. How does one strike a balance between these claimants and those of consumers/individuals who wish to have access to works without payment? Or for that matter, those who wish to share music files that they have purchased?
Lily Allen’s outburst and passionate pleas deserve closer examination – before dismissing her pleas, consider what arguments could be marshalled in support.
Read the article: consider TechDirt’s strong and weak arguments.

Apple accused of copyright infringement… twice – Ars Technica

Posted in Uncategorized by coda on September 30, 2009
  • tags: copyright infringement

    • In Colorado, a professional photographer named Louis Psihoyos created a mosaic of images in an arched form, which looks strikingly similar to the one used in Apple’s Apple TV commercials and advertisements. Where the photographer originally had a man lounging in a desk-chair, Apple replaced the space with the Apple TV.

      Apparently, Apple and Psihoyos had been in talks over the image before the Apple TV was released, and Louis backed out of the deal. However, Apple continued to use the image without the artist’s consent. The similarity between the pictures is quite obvious, and it’s hard not to believe that one of the two parties used the work without the consent of the other.

    • Check this
    • The Law on copyright does not give the author/owner absolute use/exploitation rights. This is important. One of the issues we looked at the lecture on Tuesday was how IP rights can be justified. We can turn the question around us, what should be the scope of the rights enjoyed by the copyright owner? By posing the question in this manner, we now direct our attention towards the question of balancing the respective claims and interests of all parties, and not just of copyright owners. Do you think that the rules that determine when infringement takes place are examples of the "balancing process"? Use the example given above and think about the Justifications and the rules on "Restricted Acts".

Compare also on You Tube: Avril Lavigne’s  "Girlfriend," and "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" by James Gangwer and Tommy Dunbar.
See this video on You Tube


French anti-P2P law toughest in the world – Ars Technica

Posted in Uncategorized by coda on September 30, 2009
  • tags: 3 strikes, copyright

    • The French attempt to pass the world’s toughest "graduated response" law against P2P file-sharers has been en retard for months. But the negotiations are finally over, the "Création et Internet" bill has been drafted, and today it finally came up before the National Assembly for debate. Despite furious opposition, the bill could well pass soon, laying down severe penalties for "not securing one’s Internet connection" and forcing public WiFi operators to allow access only to a "white list" of acceptable sites. And all this for one industry.

      Liberté, égalité, fraternité… HADOPI?

L’Assemblée adopte la loi Hadopi 2 contre le téléchargement illégal – Libération

Posted in Uncategorized by coda on September 30, 2009

3 Strikes Law – in French.

ISPs force rewrite of law | Australian IT

Posted in Uncategorized by coda on September 29, 2009
  • tags: intermediary liability

    • INTERNET lobbyists have forestalled a law that could turn internet service providers into online sheriffs.

      The federal government has substantially rewritten a bill intended to protect computer networks before its tabling in parliament by Attorney-General Robert McClelland.

      Electronic Frontiers Australia spokesman Geordie Guy said it was unclear if the draft Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill was an "attempt to sneak through" a wholesale expansion of intercepts of private emails and file-sharing or merely a badly drafted bill.

      "There was an incredibly short two-week consultation period but it only takes one of our members to notice what is going on and wave the flag," he said. "The bill is now significantly less broad, and its scope is essentially limited to those (monitoring) government agency networks."

Disney in trade mark suit over Pixar lamp sale | Pinsent Masons LLP

Posted in Uncategorized by coda on September 29, 2009
  • tags: Trade Marks

    • A Norwegian company that invented the inspiration for cinema’s best-loved light fixture is suing The Walt Disney Company and animator Pixar for alleged trade mark infringement.

      Advert: Debate the drivers impacting the future of ICT, shape your business strategy and get ahead of your competitors.

      Luxo makes swivel table lamps that Pixar founder John Lasseter has said were the inspiration for his company’s logo. A pair of Luxo lookalike lamps appeared in Pixar’s first film in 1986, Luxo Jr.

Google’s AdWords given trade mark all clear by ECJ advisor | Pinsent Masons LLP

Posted in Uncategorized by coda on September 29, 2009

We will have to review our lecture on Brands and Keywords in the light of this ruling.