• Posts Tagged ‘copyright’

    Ethics, Copyright, and Information Literacy

    by  • July 10, 2014 • Libraries, Politics & Law • 0 Comments

    Our professional ethics and values and the current copyright regime are in conflict. While the American Library Association lobbies for change while supporting the current intellectual property regime, how are we information professionals going to proceed? Because I’d rather not support this particular law, set of laws, at the expense of what I believe,...

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    This is why we shoudln’t ask permission so much when it comes to copyright

    by  • June 11, 2014 • Politics & Law • 0 Comments

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    I’ve participated in several online discussion recently over some copyright questions. Almost every time, the question involves something generally innocuous, but the person isn’t all the sure if it violates copyright or not. Generally I respond with something along the lines of “go for it. If you’re asked to stop, then decide whether to...

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    Should Copyright Law Also Cover Hyperlinks?

    by  • April 10, 2014 • Politics & Law • 0 Comments

     copyright-36078_640Uh… NO!

    The U.S. Copyright Office recently proposed a seemingly small addition to copyright law that bears some huge implications. It wants to enable copyright holders to protect unauthorized versions of their work from hyperlinks. You read that right: it could soon be illegal simply to link to certain content.

    Think about that for a second. Let’s say you find a YouTube video that uses some random Miley Cyrus song as a soundtrack, but the maker of the video never got permission to use the song. You link to that video in a blog post. Boom—you just broke the law.

    Read the full post @ Gizmodo.

    UK Govt: DVD and CD Ripping Will Be Legalized This Summer

    by  • March 28, 2014 • Politics & Law • 0 Comments

    Bly-ray discsTo most consumers it is common sense that they can make a backup copy of media they own, but in the UK this is currently illegal.

    After a public consultation and a thorough inspection of local copyright legislation, the UK Government decided to change current laws in favor of consumers. The changes have been in the planning stage for a few years, but this summer they will finally be implemented.

    Starting in July people are free to make copies of DVDs, CDs and other types of media, as long as it’s for personal use. To inform the public about these upcoming changes the Government has just released a consumer guide, summing up citizens’ new rights.

    “Copyright law is being changed to allow you to make personal copies of media you have bought, for private purposes such as format shifting or backup,” the UK’s Intellectual Property Office writes.

    “The changes will mean that you will be able to copy a book or film you have purchased for one device onto another without infringing copyright.”

    Read the full post @ Torrent Freak.