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Dutch intellectual property regime looks like becoming a no-BREINer
February 20, 2014 | 10:25 am

After a series of high-profile instances of both overreach and incapability, Dutch intellectual property lobby group BREIN appears to have been handed a major defeat by Dutch courts. As reported by Slashdot, BREIN appears on track to lose the right to compel Netherlands ISPs to block access to the Pirate Bay, with UPC Netherlands announcing that it will be lifting the blockade even prior to a pending court appeal on the case, with BREIN's acquiescence. The original UPC announcement, in Dutch, is here. BREIN had originally won a court case to compel the blockade, which ISPs promptly challenged. The appeal court...

Morning Roundup: Piracy in Europe, Amazon vs. book publishers and more
February 13, 2014 | 9:00 am

piracyThe Disruption of Education (Teachers with Apps) If we take into account that this disruption will have a technological starting point, we can see what is happening in relation to schools and education in general. *** Amazon vs. Book Publishers, By the Numbers (Forbes) Let’s ignore the overheated rhetoric for the moment and focus on the raw data. *** That's a Lot of Pirating: 68% of Europeans Download or Stream Movies for Free (GigaOM) A study from the European Commission finds huge numbers of people streaming and downloading movies for free. *** eBooks Power Hachette to Strong 2013 Finish (Digital Book World) Hachette Book Group closed last year on an...

Morning Roundup: Domain names are not property, eBook piracy not a big deal in Netherlands and more
February 5, 2014 | 8:43 am

domain names not propertyVirginia Court Says Domain Names Are Not Property (Techdirt) Here's an interesting blog post by Venkat Balasubramani about a little noticed ruling in Virginia from last year concerning a bankruptcy proceeding, which came to the conclusion that domain names are not property, but rather a contractual right. *** eBook Piracy Not Such a Big Deal in the Netherlands (The Digital Reader) A new report out of the Netherlands this week has revealed that the Dutch are buying ebooks at a rate far higher than the global average. *** Rakuten Replaces Serbinis at Kobo (Brave New World) Two years after Kobo was acquired by Japan’s Rakuten they have...

Tarantino suit of Gawker over link to leaked script may be capitalizing on Streisand Effect
February 3, 2014 | 12:40 pm

tarantinoQuentin Tarantino got so upset that someone leaked a copy of the script for his next movie, The Hateful Eight, online that he announced he would not be making that movie after all. He got further upset when he found out that celebrity/tech news site Gawker’s “Defamer” blog actually linked to file locker sites where the script could be downloaded. So, he is now suing Gawker. Tarantino’s suit claims that Gawker itself posted the leaked script to those sites, which Gawker editor John Cook insists is false. In the end, the suit comes down to “contributory copyright infringement”—the same...

Morning Roundup: Piracy, saviour of book industry? eBook fans demand print and more
January 31, 2014 | 9:00 am

piracyPiracy, Saviour of the Book Industry (Forbes) Piracy’s here. It’s staying. We can’t stop it. So we need to find inventive and attractive ways to work around it. *** eBook Fans Demand Print (GoodeReader) In a turn of events that even the publisher didn’t see coming, fans of author Colleen Hoover’s work–calling themselves the CoHorts–launched a Twitter campaign, petition, and general ruckus to have one of the author’s works made available in print. *** Fair Use Is About Much More Than Remixing: It's About Allowing All Kinds Of Innovation (Techdirt) On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee held yet another hearing concerning copyright and possible copyright...

Morning Roundup: Making eBooks educational, eBooks overtaking global markets and more
January 27, 2014 | 9:00 am

making ebooks educational Making eBooks Educational (Digital Book World) Educational media use drops as children age, a new study has found. Use of digital media or “screen time” increases as kids age, too. *** Study: French 'Three Strikes' Law Did Not Reduce Piracy (Boing Boing) In Graduated Response Policy and the Behavior of Digital Pirates: Evidence from the French Three-Strike (Hadopi) Law a team of business-school researchers from the University of Delaware and Université de Rennes I examine the impact of the French "three-strikes" rule on the behavior of downloaders. *** eBooks Overtaking Global Markets (GoodeReader) One thing that supporters and naysayers alike forget to take into account is how...

French ‘Three Strikes’ law fails to cut piracy
January 23, 2014 | 7:32 pm

Remember that French “three strikes” law, Hadopi? Ars Technica reports that a recent study has shown that it has had no significant effect in getting people to stop downloading content illicitly.  In the survey of 2,000 French Internet users, 37.6% admitted to illicit downloading. Those who knew about the Hadopi monitoring were no less likely to download illicitly, though there was a slight (but “insignificant”) decrease in the intensity of their downloading. (And the people who knew it was monitoring thought it was monitoring more than it really was!) There was a slight bump in sales, but that was considered...

Morning Roundup: 3 strikes laws don’t curb piracy, IP address not enough to show infringement
January 23, 2014 | 9:00 am

piracyThree Strikes Law Does Nothing to Curb Piracy, Research Finds (Torrentfreak) Several countries including the US and France have implemented so-called “strikes” systems to warn and punish P2P file-sharers. The goal of these programs is to reduce piracy, but do they have any effect on people’s downloading habits? New findings published by U.S. and French researchers show that these anti-piracy measures don’t stop or even reduce piracy. *** Health Canada scientists setting up unofficial libraries as national libraries fail (Boing Boing) It takes an insanely long time for them to receive any materials due to third-party delivery companies; they've started opening up their own...

Wearing Google Glass to a movie theater leads to interrogation by federal agents
January 21, 2014 | 2:23 pm

google-glass-prescription-lenses-900-80Here’s an article that points out a problem that will only become more common as wearables do. A member of the Google Glass program had prescription lenses on his Glass, and wore them everywhere as his regular glasses. He didn’t have any other prescription glasses, so he wore them to a movie, with the Google Glass part turned off. He’d been to an AMC theater with the Glass three times, but this particular time (watching the new Jack Ryan movie, no less) a federal agent came in, plucked the glasses off his head, and proceeded to accuse him of...

Scribd and Piracy: What Are They Doing To Stop It?
December 23, 2013 | 4:50 pm

scribd and piracyWhen Scribd announced their partnership with Smashwords last week, I did some poking around various boards to check the reaction. What I discovered was that Scribd and piracy were linked together in the minds of many people. On Friday, I had a chance to talk with Andrew Weinstein, VP of Content Strategy at Scribd to ask him what they were doing to change that impression. He was candid, and some of his answers surprised me (in a good way). One of the complaints I had read was from a reader who refused to subscribe to the service because of what she...

Want to boost your sales 10%? Remove all DRM
December 17, 2013 | 1:15 pm

drmCoverage courtesy of Ron Miller in Computerworld has brought to light a research paper published last month which brings fresh data points to the anti-DRM debate. Put simply: All DRM does is kill your sales. That's all. It doesn't protect you against piracy; it doesn't preserve your revenues. The only thing it does is drive customers away. And if you want an easy sales hike - all you have to do is remove it. [caption id="attachment_103481" align="aligncenter" width="496"] Kevin Spacey gets it[/caption] The paper "Intellectual Property Strategy and the Long Tail: Evidence from the Recorded Music Industry," by Laurina Zhang, a PhD...

Weekend Links: Fascinating Salinger Piracy Story. Internet the Greatest Threat To Publishers? and more
December 1, 2013 | 10:11 am

salinger piracyUnpublished Salinger Stories Leaked via PDF (GoodeReader) In what is quite possibly going to prove to be one of the most famous examples of ebook piracy, an apparent leak of three of JD Salinger’s unpublished short stories seems to have happened thanks to a buyer on eBay. *** Is the Internet a Greater Threat to Publishers than Self-Pub eBooks? (The Digital Reader) Yes, the internet has made it easier and cheaper to find new info on a wide range of topics. While this has been to the detriment of some publishing entities, it has also enabled experts of all stripes to share what they...