Obama Administration Colludes With U.S. Entertainment Industry

Back in March, Declan McCullagh reported that the Obama Administration cloaked its draft section of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) under “national security” wrappers — for the general public. At the same time, the document had supposedly already made the rounds of “corporate lobbyists in Europe, Japan, and the U.S.” Today, someone has leaked information […]

Lessig On KUOW Today

Lawrence Lessig will be a guest on KUOW’s “The Conversation” with Ross Reynolds today (1-2pm, 6 February). He is the author of Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy. Lessig, a law professor at Stanford, is known for his views on copyright and advocacy for Creative Common licensing. He has switched his […]

Change.Gov Adds CC Licensing

The Creative Commons license announcement on Change.gov seems odd. Federal government materials are generally public domain upon creation, thus the CC license makes reuse of the content more restrictive. [See DOL statement, for example.] It makes sense for Change.gov to spell out copyright for user-generated content, but it should not be a retroactive action. And […]

Google, Book Publishers Settle

Google’s plans to create the world’s largest digital library moved closer this week with settlement of a 2005 copyright infringement law suit. The Financial Times reports that Google is paying $125 million to the Author’s Guild and members of the Association of American Publisher and will “fund the creation of a Book Rights Registry modelled […]

EU Copyright Following US Tracks

According to ArsTechnica, the European Union is proposing to expand musical copyright terms from its current 50 years by adding 45 years. The argument? “[A]ging performers can’t afford to be cut off from sources of income just when they need them the most.” The EU recommendation ignores the advice of a University of Amsterdam law […]