Items tagged "Three Strikes"
What’s Going on with the Copyright Alert System?August 7, 2012 DMCA , Enforcement , Fair Use , Three Strikes
As I wrote in April, I joined the Advisory Board of the Center for Copyright Information to serve as consumers’ eyes and ears as an agreement between the major Internet service providers and copyright holders is implemented. The agreement requires ISPs to send up to six “alerts” to alleged peer-to-peer infringers, with the last two alerts resulting in so-called “mitigation measures” and an opportunity for the user to appeal.Read More
The blogosphere is abuzz with speculation that the Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is much worse than SOPA. Is this true? Since the text is currently top secret, there is no way to tell. Of course, that’s part of the problem. But, after tracking international intellectual property (IP) issues here a PK for a number of years, I can try to make an educated guess about what may be in TPP’s IP chapter and how it may affect you.Read More
Open WiFi and Copyright Liability: The Law, and Also Some Perspectives on NegligenceAugust 19, 2011 Enforcement , Piracy , Three Strikes , Wi-Fi
Torrentfreak recently ran a fascinating pair of opinion pieces from two lawyers regarding whether or not someone could be liable for copyright infringement if someone else used their open WiFi connection. One attorney, Nicholas Ranallo, walks through the established law of direct and secondary copyright liability, and comes to the conclusion that generally, no, you’re not liable for someone else’s infringements using your connection. The other attorney, Marc Randazza, doesn’t discuss copyright liability, but instead starts drawing out hypotheticals about the law of negligence.Read More
Weekly News RoundupDecember 13, 2010 Copyright Office , Fair Use , Network Neutrality , Three Strikes , Trademark
As the Net Neutrality debate brews, PK and others continue push for strengthening the proposal. Our three points of concern are ensuring protections for wireless access to the Internet, preventing paid prioritization, and simplifying the definition of “broadband Internet access service” (to avoid potential loopholes). Senator Al Franken sent a letter to the FCC Friday emphasizing the importance of “significantly strengthen[ing]” the proposal. Also, PK’s head of government relations responded to the mythical the meme that “300 Members of Congress are opposed to Net Neutrality”.Read More
U.S. Pushed Spain to Adopt French-Style Three Strikes LawDecember 8, 2010 ACTA , MPAA , Piracy , RIAA , Three Strikes
Among the thousands of documents revealed to the press through WikiLeaks are apparently a number that deal with copyright issues. The Spanish newspaper El País has published a number of cables from the U.S. embassy in Madrid regarding U.S. efforts on IP enforcement in Spain.
One of the most interesting is this one from February 2008, which recommended that the U.S. threatened to put Spain on the Special 301 “naughty list” unless the Spanish government announced it would adopt a three-strikes style copyright enforcement law that would cut users off from the Internet after allegations of copyright infringement.Read More
ACTION ALERT: Tell the Obama Administration What You Think of ACTAJune 22, 2010 ACTA , DMCA , DRM , Piracy , Three Strikes
The Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement continues to roll along with negotiations taking place in Switzerland in the coming weeks. Rumor has it that these negotiations might be bringing us to a finalized ACTA soon, despite protests from public interest groups, technology companies, and legislators around the world that its ham-fisted approach to enforcement can do grave harm to consumers, innovation, communication, and can even make it harder for lifesaving medications to reach populations in need. It’s time to make sure that your voices are heard on this important issue. And we have two ways that you can do that. One is by signing a declaration of principles crafted by a coalition of experts assembled at American University. The other, more direct method is by writing to the President himself, using our action alert submission form.Read More
A Teachable Moment From Viacom’s “Coulton-gate”June 9, 2010 ACTA , Enforcement , Filtering , Three Strikes
Video bloggers VLOG Brothers posted this entry about SpikeTV, a subsidiary of Viacom, violating musician Jonathan Coulton‘s Creative Commons License for one of his songs (I’ve included the video blog below). Briefly, Coulton has released a video of his song Flickr under a Creative Commons license allowing noncommercial use and requiring attribution. SpikeTV grabbed the video and played commercials before it and associated with while playing.Read More
ACSBlog: The Trouble with ACTAApril 12, 2010 ACTA , Three Strikes , Trademark , Transparency , USTR
ACTA Internet Chapter Leaked, Transparency Still AbsentFebruary 22, 2010 ACTA , International , Three Strikes , Transparency , USTR
Yesterday, PC World came out with the news that the much-discussed, but long-secret Internet chapter of the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was leaked to the public. The leak confirms a number of suspicions that had been raised by previously leaked European analysis papers. So with this revelation, what remains of calls for transparency?
For instance, Michael Geist compares the text of this leak with the statement that Stan McCoy of the U.S. Trade Representative gave to us, noting that McCoy emphatically denied that the United States was asking for ACTA to include mandatory 3 strikes provisions. Of course, the key word there was mandatory.Read More
Leaked Document Summarizes January’s ACTA Negotiations in MexicoFebruary 18, 2010 ACTA , Three Strikes , Trademark , Transparency , USTR
Michael Geist is reporting that a new document about the secretive Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has just been leaked. The document, a report on the most recent round of ACTA negotiations in Mexico, reveals more about where the parties are and what topics they are actually discussing.Read More