Internet Piracy and How to Stop It — The NY Times comes out in support of the PROTECT IP Act, though it does have some concerns. It worries that it may lead to overreaching and provides the DMCA takedown notice of Lenz’s dancing baby as an example — but it’s hard to see how that’s an appropriate comparison since a single DMCA takedown is relatively easy to send while the PROTECT IP Act’s remedies are only available after filing a lawsuit, something that is just as timely and costly without the bill.
Kudos to Google: Privacy Settlement Adds Insult to Injury — Sandra Aistars at the Copyright Alliance reports on the class-action settlement that Google agreed to for allegations that its Buzz service violated users privacy. The search giant paid out millions of dollars to advocacy groups that advance its business interests. Also be sure to check out Chris Castle’s skeptical look at this example of “Google justice.”
Is Hollywood Dead? — Great post from screenwriter William Martell over at his blog, Sex in a Submarine. “On message boards, there are always people who think that Hollywood is dead but just doesn’t know it, and there’s gonna be this whole new non-corporate paradigm. Look, we have the internet, and these cheap digital cameras — the movie industry as we know it will be dead in no time. We will not longer be *forced* to watch the movies that Hollywood makes, we can watch *good* movies for a change. No more TRANSFORMERS movies and no more sequels and no more HANGOVER lowest common denominator comedies. Once the evil corporations are gone, once Hollywood is dead and buried and being eaten by worms; we’ll be living in a freakin’ Entertainment Utopia! Only great films!” Martell explains why these people are wrong.
5 Reasons Free is Hurting us All — John Jantsch talks about when “free” becomes “free for all”. He believes that “information wants to be worth paying for” and provides five reasons why consistently giving content away for nothing hurts both content producers and audiences.
How long should a good thing last? — Dominic Young looks at the arguments for and against the length of copyright’s term.
Is Revoking Internet Access a Violation of Human Rights? — IP attorney James Gannon has an excellent response to the UN Human Rights Council’s recent remarks about graduated response laws.
“An English writer on statistics, on hearing that 80,000 copies of his book had been sold in Russia, sent a courteous letter to the Soviet Government to ask whether royalties were paid semi-annually as in England. An equally courteous reply said that royalties to capitalists were contrary to proletarian principles.” Zechariah Chafee, Jr., Reflections on the Law of Copyright, 45 Columbia Law Review 503 (1945).