“I’m totally against piracy. It’s makes it very difficult for micro-budget filmmakers to make a living.” — Eduardo Sánchez, drector Blair Witch Project and Lovely Molly.
IMAGiNE Member Pleads Guilty to Criminal Copyright Infringement — One of the four members of the BitTorrent group plead guilty as part of a plea bargain to one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. The four members are alleged to have reproduced and distributed “tens of thousands of illegal copies of copyrighted works.” Still awaiting statements in support of this case from the EFF and Public Knowledge. In 2002, EFF attorney Fred von Lohmann (now senior copyright counsel at Google), said “a few targeted lawsuits [against P2P pirates] would get the message across.” Also that year, Public Knowledge president Gigi Sohn testified to Congress that “An industry-initiated lawsuit against a large-scale infringer could also have the benefit of serving as a deterrent to other bad actors. As we have seen in other contexts, specifically targeted lawsuits and other legal action can have a deterrent effect, and also educate the public as to what is legal.”
A context for innovation — Faza says: “As it happens, we live in an age of fascination with the internet and computers in general. Almost anything to do with the internet is subject to ‘gosh, wow’ media coverage, governments worldwide are hell-bent on fostering ‘digital development’ and there’s a whole lot of money to be made from the unlikeliest of activities. It is therefore unsurprising that innovators are drawn to this sphere, given how it looks like anything with the words ‘social’ or ‘cloud’ guarantees instant funding, media-swooning and dinners at the White House (okay, maybe not that last bit, unless you’ve already made a shedload of money). That these innovations may not actually improve anybody’s life very much (with the exception of the founders and the VCs that back them) tends to escape notice.”
The Human Rights of Artists — Important article from Chris Castle over at The Trichordist. Castle examines the undermining of artists’ human rights by tech companies and their soft lobbyists and the failure of governments to protect these rights.
In Plain English: Cambridge University Press v. Brecker — Copyright Alliance legal intern Joan Blazich explains this week’s court opinion in the lawsuit between major academic publishers and Georgia State University over the college’s e-reverse system. A great introduction to the decision.
“Say It Ain’t So, Joe, Again, and Again, and Again …”: A Legacy of Continued Bad Behavior at Google — Eric Clemons lays out the case against Google’s current governance structure. “In fairness, no one could be trusted or should be trusted with so much power. We did not trust AT&T with this much power in 1913 when it controlled the vital telecommunications industry in the United States. And we cannot today trust Google to be the arbiter of its own behavior when it controls so much of our access to the Internet. “