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UK Green Party digs itself in deeper over copyright
April 28, 2015 | 2:25 pm

logo@2x  In response to the earlier outcry from writers and other creatives against the UK Green Party's apparent proposal to reduce the duration of copyright to just 14 years - with also some initial ambiguity over whether this was 14 years after the creator's death or 14 years after the work's first appearance - the Greens have released a communique on their party website that only appears to make things worse. The UK Society of Authors said in response to the original furore: Our stance is that copyright needs ‎strengthening, not weakening. Authors and other creators make their livelihood from their intellectual creations and...

UK Green Party copyright limit proposal repels authors, artists
April 27, 2015 | 10:25 am

The UK Green Party, with just two weeks to go to the General Election, appears to have screwed its support with one influential constituency, writers and artists, through an ill-founded and poorly discussed policy proposal on copyright terms. The draft commitment to press for a shorter copyright term of just 14 years - versus the current UK norm of 70 years after the death of the author - apparently caught the entire creative community by surprise, and provoked a backlash when it did break cover. First tweeted by UK author Linda Grant (see the illustration), the Green Party proposal, with "to reduce the...

UK libraries protest copyright restrictions with empty spaces
December 1, 2014 | 12:25 pm

copyrightThe Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals and other libraries and library associations in the UK are in the midst of a campaign to move unpublished individual works to the current copyright regime of the author's life plus 70 years, instead of the British "Orphan Works" category, which restricts their exhibition until 2039. And they have now moved their campaign from petitions to displays with empty spaces to make the point. CILIP explains: Up to 50% of archival records in the UK are ‘orphan works’. This is when the rights holder cannot be identified and/or traced. The Imperial War Museum has an...

World’s libraries and archives disappointed after latest WIPO talks in Geneva
July 16, 2014 | 2:35 pm

22-09-2009wipo.jpgOrganizations and pressure groups involved in intellectual property rights and global copyright issues for libraries and archives expressed disappointment after the inconclusive conclusion of the Twenty-Eighth Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva."the Committee continued discussion to work towards an appropriate international legal instrument or instruments (whether model law, joint recommendation, treaty and/or other forms) in relation to limitations and exceptions [on customary copyright restrictions] for libraries and archives," stated the chair's conclusions, but "there was no agreement on recommendations to the WIPO General Assembly." Little progress appears to...

Does the UK’s CIC want to gag copyright reform proposals?
July 7, 2014 | 4:31 pm

CICGiven all the hysteria around the Amazon-Hachette faceoff in UK media, you could be forgiven for thinking that the UK publishing industry was on its last legs. Not so, according to the latest Create UK report, the main strategy document from the Creative Industries Council, available here. As part of the media circus surrounding the release of the report, UK Prime Minister David Cameron publicly undertook to double the value of exports from the UK's creative industries, currently running at £70 billion ($120 billion) a year, with a growth rate five times that of the wider economy over the past three...

Morning roundup: Of copyright and treaties, OSX Redesign, authors and agents, and a discounted Nook Glowlight
May 2, 2014 | 2:07 am

New Paper Says It's Time To Reasonably Decrease Copyright Term And Rethink Putting Copyright In Treaties (Techdirt) The full paper is well worth reading, detailing just how distorted copyright has become from its original purpose. -- Apple Will Reportedly Unveil 'End-to-End' OSX Redesign at WWDC (GigaOM) Apple will focus on Mac OS X at its upcoming developer’s conference on June 2, according to a new report. -- Authors’ Views on the Value of an Agent (Digital Book World) Are agents worth their fifteen percent? The 2014 Digital Book World and...

Nature Publishing Group attempts immoral moral rights land grab
April 3, 2014 | 12:25 pm

The struggle between scientific publishers and the academic community over open access policies has taken a new and striking turn. Not only is the Nature Publishing Group, publisher of Nature, Scientific American, and other august and popular journals, attempting to induce authors who sign with it to obtain waivers on the open access policies of their schools and institutions, it is also slipping waivers on authors' moral rights into its contracts. And just to clarify, moral rights "include the right of attribution, the right to have a work published anonymously or pseudonymously, and the right to the integrity of the...

CILIP confirms libraries endorsement of new UK intellectual property rules
April 2, 2014 | 10:30 am

copyrightThe Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP) has just added its overall endorsement to the new changes to UK copyright law, confirming the overall positive reception of the new rules from library professionals. In a CILIP-hosted briefing on the issue, Annie Mauger, CILIP Chief Executive, said: "The Libraries & Archives Copyright Alliance, supported by CILIP, have worked tirelessly for over twenty years advocating for much-needed reform ... The reforms are extremely good news for the library and information profession and all the people that use our services. We will continue to work closely with the Intellectual Property Office...

UK police advertise illegal websites
April 1, 2014 | 1:55 pm

Flag of Edward EnglandWell alright, that's not exactly what's going on. But it could have that effect. For the UK Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), siloed in the City of London Police, has announced with some fanfare the launch of its "Infringing Website List (IWL) ... [which] sets out to disrupt the advertising revenues on illegal websites globally." The principle of this initiative is to introduce "an online portal providing the digital advertising sector with an up-to-date list of copyright infringing sites, identified by the creative industries and evidenced and verified by the City of London Police unit, so that advertisers, agencies and...

British Library IP head details impact of new UK copyright rules
March 31, 2014 | 6:25 pm

librariesBenjamin White, Head of Intellectual Property at the British Library, has produced an extremely detailed guide to the implications of the changes of UK copyright law for libraries and for the general public in Britain. And this guide has been made available through the website of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), who have of course an immediate professional interest in the topic. "The proposed drafts go a significant way towards making UK copyright law 'format neutral', meaning that the law will now recognise for example that those doing research and personal study are just as likely to...

UK intellectual property review frees up copying, parody
March 31, 2014 | 2:20 pm

The UK government has introduced a series of changes to copyright law across various media, including books. "These changes will affect how you can use content like books, music, films and photographs," says the introductory text at the UK Intellectual Property Office. "They will also introduce greater freedoms in copyright law to allow third parties to use copyright works for a variety of economically and/or socially valuable purposes without the need to seek permission from copyright owners." These remove the UK's anomalous legal restrictions on, for instance, ripping CDs and DVDs for backup and private home use, and open up...

Heald study shows books lag behind music in out-of-print digitization
March 20, 2014 | 12:35 pm

Professor Paul J. Heald of the University of Illinois College of Law has just released a new study that puts Chris Meadows's recent problems with out-of-print stories from Astounding Stories into perspective. Remember that it was Heald whose previous research found that extension of copyright terms actually reduced the availability of books. And his new report, "The Demand for Out-of-Print Works and Their (Un)Availability in Alternative Markets," has found that, while demand for out-of-print books as ebooks or in other forms remains high, supply remains atrocious in comparison to older musical works. Heald compares the availability of popular songs and music...

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