Broadband Access a Legal Right in Finland, Ringtones Are Not Performances, and More

  • Finland declares broadband a legal right
    The article notes that to start with, citizens will be guaranteed access to a 1MB connection with plans to improve that to 100MB in the next decade. The Finnish are not the first to declare this right and from what scant details I can gather, their implementation will hinge on physical proximity to from high speed uplinks I’m guessing at least partially subsidized by the state.
  • CFTPA warns against targeting P2P in Canadian copyright reform
    Professor Geist points out another trade association whose remarks submitted to Canada’s copyright consultation seem a bit more clueful. The producers’ association acknowledges that open access is critical and that peer-to-peer has substantial legitimacy worth preserving.
  • 19th century network neutrality
    Glyn Moody points to this blog post stemming from an author’s research for a book. The comparison to the rail system isn’t particular novel and I think that unfortunately that metaphor breaks down quickly. Despite the height rail achieved at one time, I am not sure I’d want to see the internet languish decades down the line in the same way.
  • Linux Foundation offers new perks to attract members
    Ryan Paul describes at Ars existing as well as newly announced benefits to folks who join the foundation. He also unfortunately spots a snag in one of the more attractive ones, that the Dell discount excludes models shipping with Linux.
  • Court rules that ringtones are not public performances
    The EFF explains how intent seems to have made the difference in the ruling, that folks don’t have any expectation of profit from having their phone ring, unlike true public performances where rights must indeed be cleared. The rule also found downloads do not constitute a performance, a decision I think is much more obvious and startling that this has to be made clear to ASCAP.
  • Google’s proposed ebooks offering
    Lots of good detail in this Wired piece except whether the open format in question actually is ePub or something else. It does clarify that Editions will support offline reading. Hardly surprising is how this will be tied into the Books project, leveraging the scanning work Google has undertaken and the legal wranglings over their forthcoming settlement with the Authors’ Guild and others.

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