Dr. Jason Rutter is a sociologist with a fascination for the copyright debate. He is currently conducting a two-year research project at the University of Leuven, Belgium, called STEVO, the Socio-Technical Evolution of Intellectual Property online, which focuses on the user side of file-sharing. Dr Rutter explores how the downloading of copyrighted material occurs and how it has found a place in the day-to-day routine of many people as a normal and accepted practice. We talk with him about file-sharing, the widening gap between consumers and producers of content and the future of copyright.
Archive for 2010/09/20
Indie studios say online file sharing is driving some in their ranks out of business. Some are filing lawsuits to stop it. Others want Google to cease paying pirate sites ad money.
Content removal requests slowed down to escalation point
Intel, who recently confirmed that the HDCP master key was, in fact, leaked, has also decided that it’s going to threaten to sue anyone who makes use of it, under the DMCA’s anti-circumvention clause.
There’s nothing at all creative about taking down the MPAA and the RIAA — and all it does is serve to reinforce their misguided prejudices that it’s just a bunch unruly kids who dislike them. On top of that, it gives them more ammo to position themselves as being persecuted by a small minority. It’s a dumb move that looks bad and does a lot more harm than good from a group that should know better.
T-Mobile USA is being sued for cutting off a message service offering guidance to those seeking legal access to cannabis, despite the service purging itself of references to the evil weed.
The website of a Swedish far-right party was hacked on Saturday, the day before national elections which resulted in its first ever electoral success.
In the first installment of our look at what’s in those ISP “terms of service” documents, we take a peek at Time Warner Cable and learn that open WiFi is out, offending someone’s dignity can get you booted, and any protocol can be discriminated against at any time. That last bit is a direct attack on network neutrality, in case you missed it.
YouTube has been called on to block thousands of videos by one of the world’s most wanted terrorists which allow him to preach directly, in English, to potential new recruits.