Friday, 24 July 2009

Flotsam and jetsam

Here’s some copyright news and flotsam and jetsam that has been washed up in the Internet’s surf this week:

On Thursday South Korea brought in a tough new ‘three-strikes’ anti-piracy law allowing authorities to cut off alleged infringers and to shut down websites (Korea Times).

HADOPI has been delayed yet again (Reuters).

Canada has launched a copyright consultation. Michael Geist has launched a website to discuss it.

The ownership of a famous yodel has been settled, the Guardian reports.

Are LexisNexis and Westlaw infringing copyright in briefs? (Legal Research Plus)

Public Knowledge have published a report saying that internet copyright filtering doesn’t work. Filters are systems for ISPs to automatically detect and block certain types of content, such as copyright-infringing content.

The American Library Association has created online tools to check if you’re within US fair use rules: the Fair Use Evaluator and the Exceptions for Instructors eTool. Anyone want to create a UK equivalent?

Michael Carroll at Washington College of Law has been speculating on the copyright implications of machines being authors.

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