Posts Tagged ‘copyright’

Don’t Download This Song

November 1, 2008

Weird Al Yankovic – Don’t Download This Song
Once in a while maybe you will feel the urge
To break international copyright law
By downloading MP3s from file-sharing sites
Like Morpheus or Grokster or Limewire or KaZaA


Explaining Creative Commons

October 17, 2008

A new video about Creative Commons


Steal this Comic

October 16, 2008
Steal this Comic

Steal this Comic


Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future

September 22, 2008

CC evangelist and acclaimed author Cory Doctorow announced [today] the release of his new book, Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future. Content is exactly what it claims to be – 28 essays on “everything from copyright and DRM to the layout of phone-keypads, the fallacy of the semantic web, the nature of futurism, the necessity of privacy in a digital world, the reason to love Wikipedia, the miracle of fanfic, and many other subjects”. If that wasn’t inciting enough, Content also boasts an introduction from EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow and book design by acclaimed typographer John D Berry.

Like his other novels, Doctorow has chosen to release Content both as a print book for sale and as a free-to-download CC BY-NC-SA licensed PDF. In his essay, “Giving it Away” (originally published in Forbes, December 2006 – republished in Content).


National Center for State Courts: Propaganda machine for Music Industry

September 1, 2008

The National Center for State Courts produced a comic to visualize and educate more people about the law system.

The comic shows two law cases, one about a city trying to confiscate houses to build a new library and the other one about a girl convicted for downloading music over the internet.

It’s amazing how the comic spreads propaganda of the music industry. Just a few examples

[Lawyer of the music industry:] Many consider downloading music without paying for it to be a victimless crime, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Losses numbering in the millions are passed on to the everyday consumer when purchasing music.

Girl is sad to hurt the poor poor music industry

Girl is sad to hurt the poor poor music industry

But form your own opinion by reading the comic which I have uploaded to my blog.
Also read this about why the industry is lying.

And if you want to hear REALLY free music which is also (often) good, surf to and enjoy Creative Commons licensed music.

Source: Fünf Filmfreunde

Creative Commons TechSummit Videos

July 13, 2008

Creative Commons held our first TechSummit at Google last month.  This event included an update and overview of Creative Commons technologies, panels featuring other leaders in open digital rights technologies, and a look at the future, including the role of digital copyright registries.  If you are curious of who all the speakers were you can still find the list on the TechSummit informational page.  Many presenters’ slides are also available from that page.

They even created videos and uploaded to them to youtube.

  • Introduction to ccREL
  • Digital copyright registry technology landscape, challenges, opportunities
  • Developers of digital copyright registries and similar animals
  • Copyright 2.0″ technologies and digital copyright registries: what next?

How I tried (and failed at) legally buying digital music

May 6, 2008

This is a story of a sucky customer experience. As customers and experts alike will tell you, users like to rock, not to suck. […]

[…] My conclusion? I tried to pay you money for music. I tried hard, and annoyingly long. As long as this kind of effort doesn’t allow for a legal, DRM-free download, the music industry has no reason whatsoever to complain about losing sales. As bloggers and press people learn early on: Make your stuff available. […]

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Discover the world of creative commons…

April 30, 2008

A short animation film explaing the Creative Commons in a … unorthodox … way.

The film is licensed under the Creative Commons Australian Attribution-ShareAlike 2.1 licence. You can get the sources on their website.

Source: Creative Commons Australia

Sound Copyright | Don’t Let the Record Labels Break Their Promise

March 1, 2008

A handful of major record labels are trying to break a fifty year-old promise. Musicians and their fans will not be the only victims.

Copyright in sound recordings currently lasts for 50 years. An independent review (the “Gowers review”) commissioned and endorsed by the UK government says it should remain at 50 years. Yet the recording industry continues to demand that this term be extended. But term extension would be an injustice to European musicians and musical culture, and may harm our economy.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Open Rights Group have started an petition to prevent the expansion of copyright.

As Europe looks to the creative industries for its economic future, it is faced with a choice. It can agree to extend the copyright term in sound recordings for the sake of a few major record labels. Or it can allow sound recordings to enter the public domain at the end of fifty years for the benefit of future innovation, future prosperity and the public good.

Sign this petition today
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