YouTube Goes Offline and CC
Published 12:09, 12 February 09
Not earth shattering, but a further vindication of the Creative Commons idea:
We are always looking for ways to make it easier for you to find, watch, and share videos. Many of you have told us that you wanted to take your favorite videos offline. So we've started working with a few partners who want their videos shared universally and even enjoyed away from an Internet connection.
Many video creators on YouTube want their work to be seen far and wide. They don't mind sharing their work, provided that they get the proper credit. Using Creative Commons licenses, we're giving our partners and community more choices to make that happen. Creative Commons licenses permit people to reuse downloaded content under certain conditions.
Posted by Glyn Moody at 9:28 PM 0
Music Copyright to be Extended to 95 years
Copyright term for music recordings must be extended from 50 years to 95 years, says legislation approved on Thursday by the Legal Affairs Committee.
Increasing the term of copyright protection would ensure that performers and producers continue to receive royalties for 95 years from the first publication or performance of their song, according to a Commission proposal backed by the committee.
But there's something odd here:
The approved report, drafted by Bran Crowley (UEN, IE), amends existing legislation to increase the copyright protection for music compositions on physical devices (i.e. digital forms are excluded) to 95 years.
Why the exclusion for digital forms? Is that meant as a sop?
It's not quite over yet, since I think there's still a vote that needs to take place. But don't hold your breath.
Posted by Glyn Moody at 3:21 PM
The Next Threat: the Community Patent
I've written extensively about the attempts to pass legislation allowing software to be patented in Europe. The main move was definitely blocked a few years back, and this has forced fans of intellectual monopolies to search for more devious ways of slipping them in. Here's the latest one, the Community Patent....
Posted by Glyn Moody at 2:23 PM
The Anti-Intellectual Monopolies Trust
Apparently, there's something called the Intellectual Property Education Trust, a UK registered charity, with lots of dosh to give away:
"The Intellectual Property Education Trust proposes to make a closing award in the region of £25,000 for the promotion of education in the field of intellectual property, and seeks applications from interested institutions.
The Trust was established in 1995 with the object to advance education and promote research in the law and practice of Intellectual Property. The Trust proposes to make a final substantive award with its remaining funds. Institutions interested in making an application for the award should first notify the Trust's secretary by phone (01458 270 882) or email by 28 February 2009 with an expression of interest, and should submit a formal application by 17 April 2009.
So long as the purpose of the application is within the above object of the Trust, there are no other limitations on the nature of the application. Thus the award may be given, purely by way of example, for the preparation of courses or course materials, the establishment of courses, the award of bursaries to assist students to attend courses, or the preparation of material to educate the public at large.
Maybe it's time to set up an Anti-Intellectual Monopolies Trust: anyone want to fund it?
Posted by Glyn Moody at 1:32 PM
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