May & Cooper on Copyright and Patent in Federalist 43 — Much has been written about the brief mention of the Copyright Clause in the Federalist Papers. But few have connected that passage to the larger themes of the entire Papers. A great read for copyright wonks.
Jean Michel Jarre: ‘Artists are the collateral damage of the tech giants’ — The electronic music artist and tireless creator’s advocate shared some interesting thoughts ahead of his Midem keynote address this past week. “The people that are making the most money from what we are creating are not the consumers – it’s the people carrying our content. They are not paying what they have to pay. It’s akin to a company not paying some of its shareholders. We, the creators, are shareholders of the internet. So it’s not a tax – it’s what we’re owed.”
No privacy interest in photo metadata — Evan Brown has a good summary of a court decision holding that an individual does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the metadata of photos shared online. Not a surprising result, since metadata is just as easily seen on publicly accessible photos as the photos themselves, but a good reminder that you may be sharing more than you think if you post photos online (many cameras, for example, save location information in photo metadata).
Privacy-ish concerns — Newhoff: “I’m all for holding government agencies accountable, but not if we’re simultaneously letting private industry off scott free. After all, private industry is actually better at this domestic spying thing, and they have a profit motive, which I happen to think is a more realistic concern than the hypothetical analyst who just wants to pry because he’s a creep.”
The Beastie Boys Fight for Your Rights : Guest Post by East Bay Ray — “This is not just a problem for artists. From the viewpoint of many Internet companies, your personal information and photos are the same as the Beastie Boys music. If it draws eyeballs then corporations can use it without your consent to get rich selling advertising, like your Instagram photos, your Facebook profile, etc.”