Transformative art and fair use are quite the hot dinner party topic now if recent US court decisions are anything to go by. Hot on the heels of a case looking at the transformation of photographs of Rastafarians. comes a new decision that will cheer all American Idiots.
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Michael Geist blogs that the "U.S. Copyright Lobby Takes Aim at Canadian Copyright Term Through Trans-Pacific Partnership" saying that the U.S. copyright lobby, led by the International Intellectual Property Alliance, "appeared last week before a U.S. Congressional Committee hearing on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and made it clear that it wants the U.S. to use the trade agreement to force Canada to extend the term of copyright. Canadian copyright law is currently at life of the author plus 50 years, which meets the international standard found in the Berne Convention. The U.S. extended its copyright term years ago to life of the author plus 70 years under pressure from the Disney Corporation (Mickey Mouse was headed to the public domain) and has since pushed other countries to do the same". More from Professor Geist on this here.
and as well as including a wider range of creative content, the amendments will mean that site owners will be required by law to display their 'real-world' addresses alongside their email addresses on their websites in order to speed up correspondence and a streamlined system for complaints - or face being blocked.
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RT reports that the Swedish Pirate Party has celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Pirate Bay torrent website by reporting the country’s publicly anti-piracy IT minister, Anna-Karin Hatt, to the Swedish Police for infringing copyright on several occasions. The party has been following Hatt’s account on Instagram, where it alleges that the politician is anything but innocent when it comes to respecting the legislation which she claims to so strongly support: It seems Karin-Hatt posted copyrighted Calvin and Hobbes cartoons as well as artwork for several movies, including The Lord of the Rings, The Da Vinci Code, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail - well that's according to a blog by the Pirate Party’s legislative spokesman, Torbjörn Wester.
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