Pick a side BUT don’t call it piracy… — There has been a lot of discussion swirling over the “artists vs. artists” billboard in Times Square this week. Ellen Seidler pins down one of the biggest problems with the promotion. “When artists choose to give their work away, they’re not choosing to support piracy, they’re choosing to offer their creations to the public at no cost. It’s a distribution decision any artist is free to make, but please don’t call it piracy…”
Associated Press v. Meltwater: Associated Press Scores Significant Copyright Victory — Simon Pulman of Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard does a great job analyzing last weeks Meltwater decision upholding the importance of journalism to a free society and the need for commercial services copying significant portions of news articles to seek proper licenses.
Google’s Bonfire of the Vanities: The Human Drones of Google Glass Coming to a Venue Near You — “It appears that Google has finally developed the means to monetize human conversation.” See also “Stop the Cyborgs” launches public campaign against Google Glass.
Copyright Hub gets £150,000 Government funding — 1709 Blog reports on this week’s announcement of the UK government’s funding of a one-stop online shop for licensing copyrighted works.