Chris and David discuss the state of play at the Copyright Royalty Board and how to support the Judges and make the CRB better (and a “union” for songwriters).
Economic indicators confirm that the plan to freeze mechanicals at 2006 levels looks more insane with each passing day.
Google is–of course–very interested in orphan works. They have a deep and abiding interest in the subject. For example, current Twitter General Counsel, Google’s then-attorney, Berkman Center affiliate, Lessig acolyte, and all round digital sophisticate Alexander MacGilivrey made that clear in his testimony at the Copyright Office: “I would encourage the Copyright Office to consider not just the […]
We heard a new twist on the Copyright Principles Project–because the participants are academics, they are not “self interested” the way that creators are. Ah, disinterested elites on a quest for truth that only the anointed can divine. Although this point of view is common to academics (who frequently seem to think that their views […]
The shell game (also known as Thimblerig, Three shells and a pea, the old army game) is portrayed as a gambling game, but in reality, when a wager for money is made, it is a confidence trick used to perpetrate fraud. In confidence trick slang, this swindle is referred to as a short-con because it […]
Once again, Lessig is trying to position himself both as a friend of artists and of copyright. He is a friend of neither. This came up in a recent speech in which Lessig takes a swipe at “artist representatives” as distinguished from “artists” who engage in a “fight” (his word) over those artists’ copyright (in the above […]
Interesting piece from Barrie McKenna, Washington correspondent for Canada’s Globe & Mail: “And the creative industries that produce music, software and the like – industries that contribute significantly more to the economy than BitTorrent sites – may also shun Canada if nothing is done. That hurts Canadians, and most people don’t even know it’s happening.”