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What is the definition of copyright?


How the Internet makes copyright obsolete.

Copyright Topics Include: #music copyright law, #US copyright law, #definition of copyright law, #plagiarism, #digital rights management, #dmca #fair use, #public domain, #copyleft, #photography, #publishing #IP intellectural property

  1. Copyright Explained
  2. Get Permission
  3. Fair Use - What is a Copy?
  4. Copyright Law for Teachers
  5. Public Domain
  6. Copyright Resources
  7. Copyright History
  8. Copyleft explained
  9. Copyleft vs Copyright
  10. Commons
  11. Free Software
  12. Open Source Open Access
  13. Photo Permission
  14. Video Production in the Classroom
  15. IP Intellectual Property, Physibles and Copyright: 3D Printing; Everything You Need to Know in 2 Minutes








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Copyright DOs and DO NOTs

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The Copyright Cartel

RIAA bigwig who architected anti-technology lawsuits is now #2 at the Copyright Office ~ Cory Doctorow 1/31/2013
Karyn Temple Claggett is the new Associate Register of Copyright and Director of Policy & International Affairs for the Copyright Office. Her previous gig was litigating for the RIAA, shutting down technologies like Grokster, which had widespread, non-infringing uses (the standard in the law since the Betamax Supreme Court decision in 1982).


One of the Electronic Frontier Foundation's founding principles was Mitch Kapor's aphorism, "Architecture is politics." The design of systems determines the kinds of politics that can take place in them, and designing a system is itself a political act. ...

The Commons Copyright Rules by Territory

Copyright law is stupid and gets in the way.
But to change it you have to be political.
The Public Option: It is a political / policy thing.


Carl Malamuds efforts to unlock our legal knowledge from Westlaw and others who have taken control as stewards of portions of our commons. Its a neat deal the government gets free services in return for letting Westlaw monetize it.
Google is in a privileged position and if Los Angeles uses Google apps and maps for basic services I do not have a choice in whether Google gets to use my information. Or more to the point, our information. We can consider it a form of insider information Google gets to see public information in a way that others dont. It is taking exclusive ownership of a commons. Its like donating land so the city has a park in return for being the sole concessionaire.

Google is wrong:
Thirty years ago Libraries had a strategy to perserve out of print books but no political support, so google moves into the void and took the place of the public, but if google wants to change copyright then they have to change the law not break the law.

Do we know that google will be around in 50 years?
Break the law for the Greater Good, not the greater google.
Libraries cut a deal with Google that allows them to download the digitized books to their servers, but are too afraid to do it cause then they are liable for copyright infringement. Uh Oh! And then Evil Gutless Google chickens out and won't even go to court and fight for fair use! cause they knew they were going to lose the case. It would have been heard in the NY second circuit court which would have then gone to the supreme court and they are not creative or resonable on copyright.

The Top 20 DMCA Cease and Desist Senders of 2010 “While the mix changes over time, the most frequent senders of DMCA takedown notices remain the music industry, whose institutional members have sent a combined total averaging roughly 5 takedowns a day,” says ChillingEffects' Wendy Seltzer. The full list, which also lists famous copyright 'agents' such as the Web Sheriff, can be found here. The international music industry, represented by IFPI, issued the most DMCA takedown notices to submitters during the last 12 months, 1272 in total.

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