I’ve decided to tell you guys a story about piracy — Maggie Stiefvater, author of The Raven King, shares her compelling personal experience about how piracy harms authors. As she observes, “pirating book one means that publishing cancels book two.”
An Objective Analysis of Piracy Site Blocking — Researcher Brett Danaher takes stock of his research on the effects of piracy and enforcement. “Mike Smith and I found that when Megaupload.com and Megavideo.com (the two largest piracy cyberlockers in the world) were both shutdown, many sites that linked to their content stopped working and many cyberlockers shifted their policies to be less tolerant toward copyright infringement. The result was a causal increase in revenues from digital movie sales and rentals of about 7.5%. Later, along with Rahul Telang, we found that even though the UK blocking the thepiratebay.org caused little decrease in total piracy and no increase in legal consumption, the UK blocking of 19 major video piracy sites in November 2013 caused a 12% increase in legal consumption and a large decrease in total piracy. Later, when 53 more piracy websites were blocked in November 2014, we found a similar effect.”
YouTube suspends critic’s ad account, then reverses course — YouTube is a lot better at finding and removing criticism about YouTube than it is about finding and removing infringing content.
Creativity and Innovation Unchained: Why Copyright Law Must be Updated for the Digital Age by Simplifying It — This research paper casts a critical look at both the online service provider safe harbors of the DMCA and the cable and satellite compulsory licenses.
Not every pattern is protected by copyright, even if creating it involved many choices — The US Copyright Office recently began publishing decisions by its Review Board, which considers requests from authors who have had their registrations denied by examiners. Here, two decisions involving graphic patterns are compared, one whose registration was denied after review and one whose registration was granted.