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Wow, Copyright infringement

Posted in Intellectual Property, music with tags , , on April 3, 2009 by Bradley Hall

I first saw reference of this on BoingBoing, but the full article is on the EFF website.

During the G20 summit, President Obama gave Queen Elizabeth II of England an iPod containing 40 songs and some videos.

Right now people are wondering, “Did Obama break the law when he did that?” To me, it’s kind of hard to say based on just the action of giving the iPod (and music) to the queen.

Did he purchase the music specifically to give to the queen?

Though, I do wonder, did the President buy the music or did he get it via The Pirate Bay…

Obama and the Queen.


Wolverine Unleashed

Posted in Intellectual Property with tags , , , on April 2, 2009 by Bradley Hall

According to the BBC, the forthcoming 20th Century Fox film, Wolverine, was posted online for download a full month before the film’s anticipated release date.

It is believed to have been downloaded 100,000 times. The file is now removed and the FBI has been contacted to help with the investigation.

The copy of the film that was uploaded was marked in such a way that whoever had access to that copy of the film will be found and penalized.


Copyright Filtering

Posted in Commentary, Intellectual Property, music with tags , , , , , , on February 10, 2009 by Bradley Hall

From Public Knowledge:

Hollywood’s lobbyists are running all over the Hill to sneak in a copyright filtering provision into the stimulus package. The amendment allow ISPs to “deter” child pornography and copyright infringement through network management techniques. The amendment is very, very controversial for a couple of reasons:

1. First, infringement can’t be found through “network management” techniques. There are legal uses for copyrighted works even without permission of the owner.

2. Second, it would require Internet companies to examine every bit of information everyone puts on the Web in order to find those allegedly infringing works, without a hint of probable cause. That would be a massive invasion of privacy, done at the request of one industry, violating the rights of everyone who is online.

(my words now below)

If this were to go through, it would be a grave miscarriage of justice. I understand that illegally downloading and sharing music and movies isn’t good for the economy, but treating everyone like a criminal and blindly going through everyone’s data is not the answer.

The Public Knowledge website has more information on who to fax and email to have this clause removed.

Public Knowledge Site.

Real Networks wants to be sued by MPAA

Posted in Intellectual Property with tags on September 11, 2008 by Bradley Hall

Real Networks, the creators behind Rhapsody and RealPlayer have unveiled a new media playing program: RealDVD.

RealDVD takes your current library of DVDs and uploads it to your computer so you can watch it at any time (assuming you have your computer or laptop with you). The recommended hard disk space required for this is over 300GB as each DVD will take up 9GB of space on your harddrive.

One of the bullet points about the program states, “Save your movies legally, and with confidence.” It goes on to mention in several other places on the website that it’s 100% legit.

It’s believed that the RealDVD program inserts copious amounts of Digital Rights Management (DRM) software to prevent you from copying the films to other DVDs or computers.

But, is it really as legal as they say it is? There’s no mention of having cleared this with the MPAA or the CCA, the company that controls the CSS software that prohibits movies from being played outside of their region or on a non-licensed player.