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How to Fix Everything | Motherboard

The right to open up your stuff is under attack, but DIY fixers are keeping the art of repair alive. Source: How to Fix Everything | Motherboard iFixit is spearheading an attempt to make it not only easier, but in … Continue reading

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Volkswagen Uses DMCA and Closed Software to Cheat

By now we’ve all heard of the shameful way Volkswagen has cheated all of us in their manipulation of pollution test results. The software in its emission control system could detect when it was being tested, and change the car’s … Continue reading

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Further Update on Happy Birthday Copyright

A US judge (George King) has ruled that Warner/Chappell, which acquired the copyright to Happy Birthday in 1988, only bought rights to specific arrangements of the melody, not to the actual song. Warner/Chappell got the rights when it bought another … Continue reading

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Update to Happy Birthday Copyright Case

A couple of years ago Green Comet featured a story about silly copyright claims to the song “Happy Birthday.”  The post was called Happy Birthday – Pay Up, and it was about some filmmakers who were fed up with the … Continue reading

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Harper Letter to Music Canada on Budget Day Confirms Copyright Extension the Product of Industry Lobbying – Michael Geist

This makes me wonder why, in a democracy, lobbying has been legalized. Equally bad is the way this favor was buried in an omnibus bill, where all sorts of unexamined legislation is pushed through along with the more visible stuff. … Continue reading

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Canadian Recording Industry: Works Entering the Public Domain Are Not in the Public Interest – Michael Geist

Buffy-Sainte-Marie-DSC_2407 by sidrguelph (CC BY-SA 2.0) Who put the spin in spin doctor?  Not Buffy, that’s for sure.  Michael Geist is right on the mark, as usual. rjb On World Book and Copyright Day, it is worth noting how Graham … Continue reading

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Creative Commons Logos at MOMA

Creative Commons logos are on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York city. They are in a show of marks that have become ubiquitous in out modern culture. We all recognize these symbols, some more easily than … Continue reading

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Copyright Protection Racket

CANIPRE (pronounced canny prey,) Canadian Intellectual Property Rights Enforecment, in an undated piece, announced that in 2015 it would be protecting our copyright by tracking our Internet traffic. They will sell their services to rights holders. They managed to get … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day 2015

“What is the ‘public domain’? The public domain is the realm of material — ideas, images, sounds, discoveries, facts, texts — that is unprotected by intellectual property rights and free for all to use or build upon. It includes our … Continue reading

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Bound by Law

“A documentary is being filmed. A cell phone rings, playing the “Rocky” theme song. The filmmaker is told she must pay $10,000 to clear the rights to the song. Can this be true?” The Center for the Study of the … Continue reading

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