Archive for Copyright

Love of Culture

Posted in Intellectual Property, Piracy with tags , , on January 28, 2010 by Bradley Hall

Today on TNR, Lawrence Lessig wrote a piece about Charles Guggenheim’s daughter trying to digitize a collection of his documentaries and putting them on DVD to distribute and the trouble she found when she tried to do it. Trouble that really should not have happened.

TNR article.

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Pirate Bay sells out

Posted in Commentary, Intellectual Property, Piracy with tags , , , on June 30, 2009 by Bradley Hall

According to The Pirate Bay’s official blog, ” The Pirate Bay might get acquired by Global Gaming Factory X AB.”

From the wording of the blog post however, it appears that this is a done deal.

Global Gaming Factory X AB is a Swedish-based advertising company. I checked their official website and found two press releases concerning Pirate Bay. One was marked as having been posted at 8:51 AM, the other at 8:52 AM.

Both press releases are in Swedish. The first release talks about their purchase of Pirate Bay, while the second release mentions nothing but an invitation to come to a press briefing at 11:00 today.

Pirate Bay post
Global Gaming X AB’s press release page

International Currency of Bad… Stuff

Posted in Commentary, Government with tags , , on June 15, 2009 by Bradley Hall

There’s a lot of stuff going on right now that scares me.

A bill was recently passed in the Japanese Diet today that makes it illegal to download copyrighted content… but what about upload? The new law also states that search engines can now cache web pages, as it was previously illegal to do so.

This website has a better grasp of the situation than I do at the moment. Japan Copyright Law Amendment.

In other news, has anyone been keeping up with Iran? After Ahmadinejad announced he won the election, rioting took place in the streets, shots were fired, people have been killed, and now, websites have been demolished.

A group of Iranian hackers have been causing DoS attacks on a pile of Iranian government sites. I’ve been trying http://www.ahmadinejad.ir/ for a while now, and keep getting “server too busy” errors. Does anyone know what’s going on over there?

Things like this could cause wars, either a civil war, or even a world war.

EGM: No longer dead

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 30, 2009 by Bradley Hall

Today, I read this press release:

Press Release, EGM Now.

In it, Steve Harris has sought to retain certain aspects of the print and online giant known as Electronic Gaming Monthly and has plans to relaunch the magazine late this year.

This is a good day.

A large body of work

Posted in Commentary, Intellectual Property with tags , , , on May 19, 2009 by Bradley Hall

I came across this from BoingBoing.net.

Damien Hirst built a gigantic 20 foot tall bronze sculpture of the human anatomy, he based the design for his sculpture from a Humbrol anatomy model made for children.

Humbrol filed a lawsuit against Hirst.

Giant Anatomy.

Did the Campbell’s Soup Company file a lawsuit against Andy Warhol when he made his soup label collection? Also, since when can you copyright the human body?

Granted he did copy THEIR copy of the human body.

Back in the 1960s when Hasbro was developing the world’s first “action figure” – GI Joe, they tried to get the GI Joe body copyrighted, their lawyer said it could not be done as who can say they own the design of the human body?

After that setback, it was decided to put a scar on each figure’s face. Later after a late night sculpting spree, the man who sculpted GI Joe’s hands realized he sculpted the thumbnail backwards. After some thought, it was decided to leave the thumbnail as-is and copyright that as the body piece of copyrighted protection.

What does this have to do with Hirst? I don’t know/

We’re All The Pirate Bay

Posted in Commentary, Intellectual Property, music with tags , , , , , on May 17, 2009 by Bradley Hall

It’s catchy and you can dance to it.

Mott Mardie created a song he calls the theme song of The Pirate Bay. He’s released it for free, though the only place you can obtain it now is via a torrent on The Pirate Bay.

We’re All The Pirate Bay

In other news, the Pirate Bay guys are planning on fighting back against their loss in court last month and have already figured their appeal angle: The judge was biased against them from the start, according to Wired’s Threat Level blog.

Pirate Bay’s Appeal

Europe to vote on copyright term extensions

Posted in Commentary, Intellectual Property with tags , on April 22, 2009 by Bradley Hall

Tomorrow, the EU votes on its version of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. It’s not too late to prevent this from happening.

If you’re in Europe (or know someone who is) go to this link:

Sound Copyright