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Download Me Do

Posted in awesome, copyright, music by A on 6 January 09

Norway’s national broadcasting service (NRK) gets the greenlight to post a boatload of free podcasts that, among other things, happen to contain the entire Beatles’ catalog.



A Decade of DMCA

Posted in copyright, fair use, il/legal, policy, tech by A on 28 October 08

Public Knowledge has a week long series of blog posts and video interviews to commemorate the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, which was enacted 10 years ago this week.

Yesterday, Rashmi Rangnath wrote:

Today is the 10th anniversary of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) – a law that content owners claimed was absolutely necessary if they were to make content available in digital form. At the time the legislation was being considered, opponents including libraries, museums, and representatives of the consumer electronics industry warned that the legislation would jeopardize fair use and other lawful uses. Today, many of these fears have been realized. What is more, the DMCA has been used in ways lawmakers never intended. However, the law’s effectiveness in preventing “piracy” still remains questionable.

Lord, Help the Poor and Creative

Posted in copyright, music by A on 15 April 08

Public Knowledge has a great discussion of the copyright challenges facing musicians today given the begged, borrowed, and stolen traditions of many musical genres, like African-American folk/blues music.

Libraries and Copyright

Posted in copyright, policy by A on 1 April 08

Speeding Bullet

Posted in copyright, policy by A on 31 March 08

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope.

It’s Superman’s AMAZING copyright reversion! [via]

It’s nice to be reminded that there are real heroes in the world, Judge Larson.