- Firefox Sync to be built into future version of the browser
I want to say I had read this suggestion before though I cannot find evidence of commenting on it previously. Ryan Paul has some details of a move that makes good sense given comparable features included or closely bundled with competing browsers.
- Canadian copyright firstly motivated by satisfying the US
Many have suspected that efforts like C-60 and C-61 were politically motivated, bowing to pressure from the US. Professor Geist links to a paper with some analysis that bears out this interpretation, including some quotes that make the prime motivation starkly clear.
- Microsoft patents fonts with feelings
I am at a loss for words or understanding of this patent that Slashdot explains. First, how is this even patentable? Are the animations described automated in some way, using natural language processing to associate some stock animations to words based on their meaning and context? Second and more importantly, who the hell would actually use technology like this? It would be like having Clippy assaulting every paragraph you push through the silly thing producing text/sprite hybrids that would constantly induce eye bleeding.
- Miro releases converter to help make WebM video
Cory at Boing Boing has the news, that of a bit of software from the fine folks who make the wonderful Miro player. Now we have Miro’s converter alongside the recent VLC release candidate. The standard appears to be taking off fast from a technology stand point. It should make whatever comes out of the patent rumblings all the more interesting if it ever comes to a head.
- French senator proposes outlawing anonymous blogging
Mike Masnick at Techdirt has the story, though there is not much more to it than the headline. I don’t know how strong free speech traditionally is in France but the stated reasons, ease of suing, seem a rather poor argument against the inherent value of being able to speak anonymously.
Despite Industry Ministry Clement’s prior assurances of a Canadian made solution to copyright reform, news comes from Professor Geist, in the form of another leak, of a proposed trade agreement between the EU and Canada that would add further pressure for draconian copyright measures in Canada. The leak is apparently just of the intellectual property chapter, the agreement will also cover patents, trademarks, and designs.
Like ACTA, there isn’t much information available about this trade agreement. It too is being negotiated in secret, undoubtedly for similar reasons as there appears to be much cause for concern based on Geist’s analysis of the leak.
The IP chapter proposes to extend copyright terms, expand liability for third parties, and add rights that I don’t believe are recognized under any previous convention. I do not know if Canada has their own version of the first sale doctrine but the resale right would put a stake through its heart. The making available or distribution right would basically institutionalize the legal theory that the music industry tried to force on us here in the US through its ill advised law suits.
What do these additional rights, if anything, have to do with normalizing enforcement?
I am glad that Canada has Geist following and publicizing these developments,as troubling as they are. Unfortunately, this is really just part of a larger, international trend that includes the Digital Economy Bill in the UK, ACTA of course, and the re-introduction of a three strikes policy in NZ. It really has me worried about what will be next.