Why Cory Doctorow’s “Pirate Cinema” Makes Me Root for Big Content — A fabulous read from a self-ascribed fan of remix culture who finds Doctorow’s latest anti-copyright screed so over-the-top that it turns him off. “That’s the gaping black hole at the center of this book: any sort of acknowledgement that copyright law is IMPORTANT. What he dismisses as ‘greed,’ the entertainment industry would certainly defend as “basic fairness.”
Google News wars are here again: Schmidt vs France on ‘news tax’ — In response to a French proposal to copy a recent German law requiring a license to excerpt material online, Google has stated that such a levy would “threaten its very existence.” Hyperbole?
Have EU orphans found a caring home? — IPKat reports on the recent Orphan Works Directive from the EU. Some good preliminary analysis from the Directive, which is directed at certain permitted uses of orphan works.
Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. — Sandra Aistars of the Copyright Alliance shares some thoughts on the first sale case which the Supreme Court heard this week. “If you are concerned that as a result of a copyright case the Supreme Court is hearing tomorrow, Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, you will be frisked at the border for foreign newspapers and magazines when you return from your next trip abroad, that libraries will stop lending books, and that discounted overstock items will no longer be available from big box stores, read on.”
On Letting Foxes Mind Chicken Coops — David Newhoff continues to post thought-provoking articles on his new site, Illusion of More. “So far, it looks a lot like there isn’t a piece of legislation, a trade agreement, a civil action, or any other policy initiative that is not going to be labeled a ‘threat to freedom’ by [internet] companies, their lobbyists, and their PR groups. The first sane question anyone should ask when any industry makes such a claim is, ‘Do you mean a threat to my freedom or your cash flow?'”
CCI Recommits to Independent Evaluation of Content Methodology — The Center for Copyright Information, responsible for implementing the Copyright Alert System, was in the news this week because of the expert they retained for evaluating their system. “Recent reports that a former employee of Stroz Friedberg lobbied several years ago on behalf of RIAA on matters unrelated to CCI have raised questions about the impartiality of Stroz Friedberg,” says the CCI, and in response, the organization will be retaining a second, independent expert to evaluate the system’s methodology.
Future of Music Coalition Summit 2012 — FOMC’s annual conference is November 13th and features an interesting lineup of panels and speakers, including friends of the blog David Lowery and Chris Ruen. Check out the site for links to a livestream of the event.
NYC Conference: Earlybird Extended Until Next Monday — Another upcoming event that looks interesting, the Copyright and Technology NYC 2012 conference in December, is still open for registration. Because of this weeks weather, the deadline has been extended to November 5th.