Entries Matching: Piracy
Last night Public Knowledge joined with Internet
activists gathered in New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC (I
attended the DC gathering) to formerly launch the Internet Defense League.
The purpose of the league is to provide an organizing tool for many of the
forces that came together to defeat SOPA and PIPA. Given that beating
those bills was a political victory of comic book super hero proportions, the
league naturally has its own “Cat Signal” showcased here,
here, and here.
The recently maligned IP Attaché Act is just one in a long
line of IP bills that include seemingly innocuous provisions that could later
prove to be harmful to innovation and the free flow of information. In February I gave a talk at the University
of Colorado that showed how over a decade, supporters of increasing copyright
protection dropped little-known and little-understood language in IP bills that
eventually became the basis for SOPA and PIPA, as well as the Department of Homeland
Security’s program for seizing domain names.
According to a former US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) official I
spoke with, the content industries and their friends have been pushing
the changes this bill would make for years. That alone tells you something.
Earlier this week, YouTube-MP3.org announced that it had received a letter from YouTube essentially asking them to shut down. YouTube-MP3.org was a site that allowed you to strip audio from a YouTube video and save it as an MP3. Yesterday, it came to light that CNET had received a similar request from the RIAA to remove software from its popular Download.com site that performed the same purpose. These requests are dumb.
Software That Downloads YouTube Videos Has Many Legitimate Uses
RapidShare’s recent release of its new best practices for cloud storage service throws into stark relief the lengths to which online platforms will go to avoid the wrath—justified or not—of incumbent content distributors like record labels. As we watch digital distributors adopt “best practices” that go well beyond their legal obligations under copyright law to prevent copyright infringement, one obvious question comes to mind: Where are the record label best practices?
Last week RapidShare announced its new “Responsible Practices for Cloud Storage Services,” in which RapidShare promises to go above and beyond its copyright law obligations to stop infringement—and urges other cloud storage services to do the same.
The United States needs someone in government whose sole job
is to propose policies that advance the freedom to create and innovate,
including freedom from draconian intermediary liability and poor quality
This need became crystal clear last week, when I went to my third or fourth Obama Administration gathering to celebrate the
importance of strong intellectual property protection to the United States.