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A strange little copyright story
September 17, 2014 | 12:25 pm

copyrightTechdirt has a great write-up about one of the strangest little copyright stories I've read this week. The story involves an anti-litter campaign launched in my own fair city recently, which cleverly used the letters on brand-name packages to spell out messages. From the article: "The campaign slogan was, “Littering says a lot about you.” The ads featured discarded candy boxes, plastic bottles and other packaging arranged to spell the unflattering message that littering conveys. The combinations included a bag of Lay’s potato chips and a Krazy Glue package arranged to spell “Lazy”; Reese’s Pieces and a bottle of Gatorade put together...

Morning Roundup: Estate asks SCOTUS to put Holmes back under copyright. Mourning B&N?
September 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

sherlock holmesOn Mourning the Passing of Barnes & Noble (An American Editor) After this week’s news that Barnes & Noble has lost money yet again, I decided that perhaps I should begin thinking about writing B&N’s obituary. After all, I am a B&N member and I buy a lot of books from B&N and I will miss it when the last store and website is finally shuttered. *** Conan Doyle Estate Asks Supreme Court to Put Sherlock Holmes Back Under Copyright (Techdirt) Back in June the 7th Circuit appeals court ruled that Holmes was in the public domain, followed up by a more thorough slamming...

Cause for concern for copyright holders over EU DG Market Commission roles?
September 12, 2014 | 12:25 pm

bookstoreSome alarmed articles have been put about about the transfer of the European Commission copyright portfolio to Commissioner-designate for the Digital Agenda, German Guenther Oettinger, who inherits this from the Internal Market & Services Directorate General (DG Market) arm, where it was siloed in units D1 and D3, according to a report in The Guardian. Oettinger will now oversee an office known hitherto as DG Connect, to be renamed DG Digital Economy and Society. Since Oettinger's predecessor Neelie Kroes was widely criticized by publishing and creative industries figures as too friendly to technology groups at the expense of rights-holders, it's hard to...

The Celebrity Picture Story, Part Deux: Who Holds Copyright?
September 5, 2014 | 10:24 am

copyrightSo, the thorny issue of photo copyrights is making headlines in the celebrity world again, and no, I don't mean Bradley Cooper's famous Oscar shot, or the monkey selfie this time. I'm sure many of you have seem the iCloud hacking story, where a data security breach led to the hacking of, among other things, personal photographs of several female celebrities. The interesting little wrinkle on this is that at least one site is claiming that a celebrity tried---unsuccessfully---to get the photographs removed using the excuse of copyright infringement. Jennifer Lawrence, as TMZ reports, got a reply to her takedown request which...

Morning Roundup: HarperCollins Humble Bundle. Monkey selfie not copyrightable and more
August 22, 2014 | 9:00 am

harpercollinsHarperCollins Humble eBook Bundle with Gaiman, Bujold. Coelho, Williams and More (Boing Boing) It's a really big deal that HarperCollins has teamed up with the Humble Bundle. When I was curating the first of these bundles, a bunch of big name HarperCollins writers -- and their editors -- were incredibly excited about the opportunity, only to have it crushed by head office, who wouldn't allow them to sell books without DRM. *** Judge Says You Don't Own Facebook 'Likes' on Your Page (Techdirt) In a world where people are always pushing the idea of "intellectual property" over just about everything, is it really any...

The great monkey copyright war of 2014
August 8, 2014 | 2:25 pm

copyrightHere's a fun little story which highlights the absurdity of our current intellectual property laws. Yahoo News had a write-up about a photographer who is embroiled in a legal dispute with Wikipedia over a photograph of his which became viral and ended up on Wikipedia website. As the article explains: "In 2011, Slater spotted a crested black macaque in Indonesia and set up his camera to click a photo. Suddenly, the monkey snatched the camera and started to take selfies..." The issue is that current intellectual property law favours the one who snapped the picture, regardless of how they came to do...

Morning Roundup: UK law to allow private copies. Schools selling their iPads
August 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

ipads in schoolsUK Finally Changes Copyright Law To Allow Private Copies, But Music Industry Says It May Challenge Move In The Courts (Techdirt) Three years ago, the UK government published the Hargreaves review of copyright laws in the digital age. As Mike wrote at the time, one of the key recommendations was the introduction of an exception to UK copyright law to allow people to make private copies. *** Libraries and Kindle Unlimited (The Scholarly Kitchen) As you might gather, the idea put forth was that supporting this licensing approach might be more cost effective for enabling the public’s access to content than the traditional public...

Randy Queen backs down from DMCA threats against Escher Girls
August 6, 2014 | 2:35 pm

Here’s a quick update to yesterday’s story about Randy Queen using the DMCA to stifle Escher Girls’ criticism of his art. The Mary Sue reports that Queen has apologized and stood down his threats. He posted a public statement to his Facebook page in which he indicated a period of high stress in his personal life led him to lash out without thinking. Tumblr has restored the posts in question but the images are still absent. Hopefully they can get put back soon, too, given that their use was well within the bounds of criticism and commentary that have...

Is Chris Ruen’s utter bollocks argument utter bollocks?
August 6, 2014 | 10:25 am

Chris Ruen has a book to promote. That promotion is best done through rabble-rousing headlines and inflammatory articles. And since that book is Freeloading: How our insatiable appetite for free content is starving creativity, naturally it's going to be about the deadly dangers of piracy. And the New Statesman has kindly given him a platform, under the banner headline "Fifteen years of utter bollocks': how a generation’s freeloading has starved creativity." The article starts off on slightly dodgy grounds anyway, because how many people are actually out there making arguments for digital piracy as the lead-in claims? Some of the more...

Comic book creator Randy Queen attempts to stifle criticism with DMCA, provokes Streisand Effect
August 5, 2014 | 7:26 am

If you don’t think you’re getting enough attention on the Internet, there’s a way to fix that. Though you probably won’t like the results. Every so often, you run across one of those “Streisand Effect” cases where someone decides to try to stifle criticism of themselves and it backfires in a big way. I thought I’d seen the most amusing possible example of that yesterday with this Ars Technica story about a hotel whose web site promised a $500 fine for negative Yelp reviews (they swore they were “just kidding,” but not before a major backlash brought them...

Morning Roundup: The $23,000 t-shirt. Best books about writing and more
August 4, 2014 | 9:00 am

writingBest Books About Writing (Book Riot) Sure, the novels that stopped my heart dead on the page, or made me laugh out loud inappropriately in the library certainly influenced me, but there were books about writing that I drank in and felt refreshed by, and knew that one day, they’d prove useful. Here are some of my favourites. *** The $23,000 T-shirt: Teaching Copyright in Today’s Social Media Culture (Media Shift) How much is a T-shirt or a tweet worth? Two copyright cases, separated by nearly 30 years, should reinforce our need as educators to teach copyright as a practical matter as much as...

Morning Roundup: Consumer protection for ebooks? Publishers and subscription services
July 29, 2014 | 9:00 am

subscription servicesUK Police Start Replacing Ads on Copyright Sites with Warnings (GigaOm) The new “Operation Creative” tactic is designed to tackle the funding of copyright-infringement websites without making users vulnerable to malware, as an earlier pilot accidentally did. However, it’s a bit worrying to see police censoring elements of webpages. *** The Latest News on Book Adaptations (Book Riot) Hollywood loves to mine the book world for stories, new and old, that can be re-imagined and brought to the big and little screen. If you like to read the book first, here are a list of books to either add or bump up your TBR...