Archive for 2010/09/04
Online backups are a great solution to off-shoring your data for security. But what do you do when your company can’t afford it?
Mark Waid Explains: Culture Is More Important Than Copyright & It’s Time To Look For Opportunities In SharingPosted: 2010/09/04 in Copyright, Education / Awareness
We recently wrote about comic book writer Mark Waid’s supposedly controversial keynote speech at the Harvey Awards, where he talked about copyright, the public domain and learning to embrace file sharing. Beyond the general controversy, a lot of people apparently misinterpreted his talk to be anti-copyright and anti-making money (we get that a lot around here too). So he’s now posted a written out version of his talk that seeks to clarify many of his points (thanks to Robert Ring for sending this in).
This should hardly come as a surprise, but as the French “three strikes” agency Hadopi tries to push forward, it’s facing some serious resistance from French ISPs, who might out-and-out ignore the law’s requirements in a boycott against the plan.
While there had been earlier reports of how some reporters for Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World had spied on members of the royal family by listening to their voicemails, new reports suggest this activity was endemic, impacted hundreds — and that Scotland Yard failed to let many who were victims of such spying know about it (and even focused their investigation on just one reporter, rather than looking into whether or not it was a widespread practice, as it apparently was).
Eminem Wins Appeal Over Universal Music: iTunes Downloads Should Be Accounted Differently Than CD SalesPosted: 2010/09/04 in Litigation
A jury originally sided with Universal Music, saying that it’s really just like a CD sale, and thus, the lower royalties should apply.
However, the 9th circuit appeals court has just ruled the opposite way, saying that the contract is “unambiguous” that iTunes sales count as a license, for which the higher royalties apply.
Just after a court ruling saying that YouTube did not have to rush and takedown videos covered by German collection society GEMA, but warning that YouTube could very well lose during a full trial, it appears that a German court has ordered YouTube to pay up, because some users uploaded videos of singer Sarah Brightman without permission. Google had argued that it can’t be held responsible for making sure the content users upload is not infringing, and pointed out that it even asks users to confirm that they have the rights to upload the works they’re uploading. However, the court claimed that such a requirement doesn’t absolve YouTube from liability.
Europe’s stuck in the mud, says former Ofcom head, comms czar
Google is facing an antitrust investigation in Texas over claims the company unfairly manipulated results on its search engine.
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