Copyright – Weekly Content Round-Up

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Read about copyright in our weekly content round-up. The Internet has been buzzing with global headlines around various countries and their respective governments who are focusing on passing reinforced copyright legislation. From extensions to reinforced language the different bills, if passed, will grossly change how you share and consume content. Here’s the latest copyright round-up that made us sit-up and listen.

Happy birthday YouTube! The Digital Millennium Copyright Act sends its love

By David Kravets for Ars Technica

It’s been 10 years since online video giant YouTube became a household name. With more than a billion users and a whopping 300 hours of new video uploaded each minute YouTube has changed how we share and what we share. The ‘what’ on YouTube is greatly influenced by Congress passing the DMCA in 1998. But, as the Internet has grown and technology has advanced the DMCA is more associated with abuse and less associated with protection.

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“One critical feature of the DMCA over time has been that it protects Internet companies from copyright liability as long as they remove or “take down” infringing user-generated content at the request of a rights holder. Companies that comply are granted ‘safe harbor.'”

John Deere Wants To Be Able To File Copyright Claims Against The Way You Use Your Tractor

By Kate Cox for Consumerist

Simply put, if you buy a smartphone, a table or even a vehicle with a computer-based system you will own the object purchased, but you will not own the technology or software that its built on or that’s required to operate it. So, the folks over at John Deere have filed with the Copyright Office to let purchasers of their equipment know that they’re more or less licensing the equipment rather than fully owning it.

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“In filings with the copyright office (PDF), the maker of the ubiquitous green and yellow tractor argues that because your tractor has a chip and some code in it, you don’t actually own it. You’ve just got an ‘implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle.'”

Authors criticise Green Party plan to reduce copyright to 14 years

By Kat Brown for The Telegraph

The UK’s Green Party is currently pushing for copyright reform that would reduce the current life plus 70 years statute down to a mere 14 years. The Green Party’s proposal is meant to encourage more sharing of materials, however content creators are devastated that their potential earnings from intellectual property may be on the chopping block.

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“Authors and other creators make their livelihood from their intellectual creations and a period of only 14 years would not allow them to fully benefit from their work,” the statement said. “In practice it is likely to mean that once the period expires large corporations will pick up the work and continue to develop, licence and exploit it without rewarding the creator.”

VPNs could be blocked under proposed Australian copyright legislation, say Choice

By Monica Tan for The Guardian

Last month, Australian parliament introduce a copyright bill that would drastically change how Aussies are permitted to access digital content. Unfortunately, the bill would enable copyright owners to exercise greater control over how ISPs can block certain types of content. At the same time it would make it tougher for  citizens to use VPNs, if not impossible.

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“Australian law is currently unclear regarding the legality of using a VPN to access a legitimate service, like the video-streaming site Hulu which is blocked in Australia.

The Australian Copyright Council said using a VPN to circumvent a geoblock may be considered copyright infringement if it requires downloading or streaming in a way that is without the permission of the copyright owner.”

Dice Loaded Against Public in Canada’s Copyright Term Extension

By Jeremy Malcolm for Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Copyright law and legislation is complex. In addition, it varies by country and also by type of media. This couldn’t be anymore prevalent than in Canada’s copyright system. The current government is proposing extending the already lengthy copyright term for sound recordings and performances.

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“So this is not an across-the-board term extension, but it’s the next worst thing. Why? Because in other jurisdictions when the term of copyright protection has been extended for one class of rightsholder, this has frequently been a prelude to its extension for the other classes. In Europe, for example, the term of copyright for authors was extended by 20 years in 1993, and but for performers it happened in 2001.”

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Sarah Hartshorn is a marketing, public relations and social media professional with Vuze. She blogs about content, torrents, social media and a number of other tech topics. Sarah has been involved with traditional and digital marketing since 1998.
  • Tim Offoa

    The Australian Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, has stated that the use of VPN technology by Australians to circumvent geo-blocking in the US, is not illegal under the Copyright Act.

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