Several major movie studios and record labels have filed a lawsuit against the Swedish ISP B2, demanding that the company blocks access to The Pirate Bay. The lawsuit, which also calls for a blockade of the streaming site Swefilmer, is the first of its kind in The Pirate Bay's home country.
Our friend Enrico Bonadio at the City Law School is organising a seminar on Wednesday 3rd December 2014, at College Building, Room AG 02 at the City University EC1V 0HB, titled "New media between copyright protection and the access to network conundrum".The speaker is Nicola Lucchi, Associate Professor at the Jönköping International Business School (Sweden) and the seminar examines how regulatory policies for new media are posing barriers to equitable and open access to digital information, and the seminar also discusses and analyses the functional relationship between modern communication technologies and legislative reforms in the area of digital communications that threaten to reduce online freedoms. It's free to attend but you need to register. More here.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield's "goosebump-inducing" cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity?" which had amassed 23.4 million hits before it was taken down from YouTube is back online after
Hadfield secured fresh permission from Mr Bowie's representatives to use the extra-planetary recording, which was made aboard the International Space Station at an elevation of 250 miles (400 km), after a five month hiatus. Bowie himself loved it, posting on Facebook that it was "possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created" and an initial one-year agreement which has now been extended after a "careful and exacting" legal process with Hadfield saying "And now, we are so happy to be able to announce that my on-orbit cover of Space Oddity is back up on YouTube. This time we have a new 2-year agreement, and it is there, for free, for everyone. We're proud to have helped bring Bowie's genius from 1969 into space itself in 2013, and now ever-forward. Special thanks to Onward Music Ltd, to the Canadian Space Agency and NASA, to musicians Emm Gryner and Joe Corcoran, to videographer Andrew Tidby, to my son Evan, and mostly to Mr. David Bowie himself. For the countless others who have helped work to bring about a new era of exploration, the art of it sings to us all." More on copyright in space here and here.
|Rome - it may have been built in a day - |
but surely built some time ago .......
There seems to be a lot of cyber noise on this - The Eiffel tower gets a lot of attention - more here http://torrentfreak.com/night-time-eiffel-tower-photos-are-a-copyright-violation-141108/ and here http://www.slashgear.com/your-night-time-eiffel-tower-photos-are-copyright-violations-09354716/ and the position on replicating Notre Dame and parts of its architecture and interior in the video game Assassins Creed gets attention here http://www.vg247.com/2014/11/10/assassins-creed-unity-notre-dame-pc-ps4-xbox-one/ with one of the game's senior level artists, Caroline Miousse, saying " There are certain things we were actually unable to directly re-create due to copyright issues. But we chose not to see this as a negative. For example, when I look at the organ in Notre Dame, I think it’s a masterpiece. It’s just so huge and beautiful… and copyrighted. We couldn’t reproduce it exactly, but we could still try to nail the feeling you get when you see it. We kept it very similar in general appearance, and it’s only when you get close to it and really analyze it that you realize it’s not the same exact organ you would see in Notre Dame today."
Yesterday the European Parliament's Legal Affairs and Culture Committees met to discuss the future development of copyright (11 November) with academics, representatives of content creators and distributors and European Commission experts. we will update on this as and when reports come in unless any of our readers watched the live stream of the hearing, and would care to comment. New Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had announced that within the first six months of his mandate, he will take steps to modernise copyright rules “in the light of the digital revolution and changed consumer behaviour”. The Commission held a public consultation from December 2013 to March 2014, which generated more than 9,500 replies from users, authors, publishers and other stakeholders.
And finally today, a group of 77 prominent computer scientists have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court urging it to review the controversial ruling that allowed Oracle to claim copyright on APIs - the essential building block for many everyday software operations. The brief, filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, comes in support of Google, which has appealed to the Supreme Court after losing a decision to Oracle in May. That decision, issued by the Federal Circuit appeals court, reversed a California judge’s conclusion that APIs (application programming interfaces) are not subject to copyright because they are simply a process or a method of instructing one computer program to communicate with another — as opposed to source code or literary works, which are considered original works protected by copyright with the Washington appellate court saying "with the court saying "We conclude that a set of commands to instruct a computer to carry out desired operations may contain expression that is eligible for copyright protection". More here.