Shorter Copyright Terms, Chilling and Warming Effects, and More

  • Why we need shorter copyright terms
    Glyn Moody provides a strong, well reasoned case for shorter terms bolstering creativity. As an author, he has skin in the game and bases much of his argument on his own, first hand experience.
  • UK border agency suspends DNA profiling
    This Register piece offers a bit more explanation of the agency’s rational. As such, it seems like a narrow case, to me, not worth the unintended consequences and the inevitable high cost in terms of eroded civil liberties.
  • EU claiming head start on net neutrality
    Nate Anderson at Ars discusses remarks by EC Viviane Reding. Her target largely seems to be the de-regulatory approach of the US, contending what I have believed for some time, that removing requirements around whole sale provisions is decreasing competition for access.
  • Japanese court overturns secondary liability for infringement
    Cory has the link and an explanation at BB. The ruling on appeal seems to have hinged on the software author’s intent. It also defies the common stance in other countries, increasing pushes for strict liability, even liability for inducement.
  • EFF on new FTC rules for social media and ads
    The EFF got an answer from the FTC’s Cleland who claims that traditional media has rules around endorsements and review products so doesn’t need these new rules. This has a high bogosity quotient and the EFF is looking to press the issue as part of its larger initiative on blogger’s rights.
  • Chilling and warming effects in spat between BB and Ralph Lauren
    Wendy Seltzer has an excellent teaching moment type of post on Freedom to Tinker. It recaps the DMCA claim and ultimate, warming effect resolution between the clothier and the copyfighting culture blog.
  • Google starts fixing issues with access to Usenet archives
    Wired has a good follow up to what appears to be a direct response to their earlier criticism of Google’s curation of the Usenet archives it acquired a while ago. Google is optimistic that there is a single specific bug responsible for the poor search Poulsen described in his first post.
  • Amendment would deny protections to bloggers
    The EFF has news of another bit of legislation selectively curtailing protections for online speech. One of the senators responsible apparently claims the amendment to be a procedural gambit but this seems like an awful dangerous waiver if it doesn’t pay off for the greater good.
  • Wikileaks looking to embed submission form
    Dana Oshiro at RWW has the details of the info warehouse site’s plans to partner up with high profile sites to help with its collection of interesting data.

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