Copyright

EFF: New copyright provisions in the TPP are ridiculous

Ever created a meme that went viral? Hollywood wants you to go to jail for that.

Article by Maira Sutton for EFF

The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) poses massive threats to users in a dizzying number of ways. It will force other TPP signatories to accept the United States' excessive copyright terms of a minimum of life of the author plus 70 years, while locking the US to the same lengths so it will be harder to shorten them in the future. It contains DRM anti-circumvention provisions that will make it a crime to tinker with, hack, re-sell, preserve, and otherwise control any number of digital files and devices that you own. The TPP will encourage ISPs to monitor and police their users, likely leading to more censorship measures such as the blockage and filtering of content online in the name of copyright enforcement. And in the most recent leak of the TPP's Intellectual Property chapter, we found an even more alarming provision on trade secrets that could be used to crackdown on journalists and whistleblowers who report on corporate wrongdoing.

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Torrent Freak: EMI tried to take down a youtube video of a purring cat

You can't make this stuff up.

Article by Ernesto for Torrent Freak

YouTube's automated takedown tool is known for its flaws, but this week it crossed a line by attacking a purring cat. According to YouTube's Content-ID system both EMI Publishing and PRS own the rights to a 12 second purring loop. The cat in question, Phantom, has filed a dispute and hopes to reclaim his rights.

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Daily Dot: The Internet is crashing the TPP's party

Internet activists got all up in TPP negotiators' faces yesterday.

Article by Dell Cameron for The Daily Dot

Fed up with secret meetings that will decide the future of trade for more than a dozen nations, a number of protesters swarmed a congressional hearing on the TPP Tuesday morning.

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Michael Geist: Stream video to your heart's content

Worried about streaming video with a VPN? Don't be.

Article by Michael Geist

The misuse of Canada’s new copyright notice-and-notice system has attracted considerable media and political attention over the past week. With revelations that some rights holders are requiring Internet providers to send notifications that misstate the law in an effort to extract payments based on unproven infringement allegations, the government has acknowledged that the notices are misleading and promised to contact providers and rights holders to stop the practice.

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Medium: Keep Aaron Swartz's dream alive

Over two years ago, we lost Internet activist Aaron Swartz to suicide after he was relentlessly persecuted for alleged copyright infringement. Find out how you can best honor Aaron and keep his legacy alive.

Article by Ben Wikler for Medium

Today is two years and a day after the suicide of Aaron Swartz.

Aaron was one of my closest friends. That night was the worst of my life.

In the weeks and months that followed, many of his friends and family — and many people that never knew him personally — asked themselves and each other the same question: what’s the best way to honor Aaron’s death?

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Vice: Canadian government starting to ask copyright trolls to back off

U.S. copyright trolls think they can shake Canadians down for artificial fees. They've got another think coming.

Article by Christopher Malmo for Vice

Last week, the government said it would take action to clamp down on a torrent of misleading copyright infringement letters being sent out under Canada's "notice-and-notice" copyright regime. The law, which came into full effect at the start of 2015, obliges internet service providers (ISPs) to deliver notices of alleged copyright infringement to customers.

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