Happy Anti-DRM Day

I hope everyone has fun with the “Day Against DRM” declared by “Defective by Design“. While I have some interest in DRM regulation, I don’t agree with the radical rejection of the concept. For example, in a situation where all the DRM does is stopping people from something that would violate copyright, hating DRM makes … [Read more…]

Japanese Protection Term

Bovens reports on a recent demand of Japanese copyright holders’ associations to change the protection term of 50 years to 70 years after death of author. Their reasons: The 50 year minimum term in Article 7 of the Berne Convention was meant to assure protection for two generations after the author. With longer lifespans 70 … [Read more…]

Cheer Up

For the record, I don’t approve of torture, extrajudicial detention, and secret detention facilities. Therefore I am not exactly celebrating the fact that the Torture Party was able to ram their little legislation project through, giving the American president the authority to detain and torture anybody at will. However, there are a couple of bright … [Read more…]

Iraq War Worsens Terrorism Threat

Says the New York Times, see this Kos post by DemFromCT. Of course it does. Illegally invading other countries based on lies and killing tens of thousands of people in the process will make enemies. If the Americans really wanted to deal with the minor threat of terrorism, their first order of business would need … [Read more…]

Enabling American Surveillance

Someone asked the Commission if all the data retained under the Surveillance Directive will be handed over to the Americans. Netzpolitik points to the answer. From that document: This Directive does not address the access to retained data which remains a matter to be dealt with according to national legislation. Obtaining retained data by the … [Read more…]

Don't Read Your Book

Imagine a court order that prohibits you from reading a book you have bought. This court order can’t be based on copyright. Reading a book is not reproducing it. Even if you commit the whole book into the memory in your brain (as the characters in Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”) , that is one reproduction not … [Read more…]