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Death By Copyright .ca

I've posted my first batch of DVDs to MPs and other interested parties. The DVD is also available on line at DeathByCopyright.ca. It is a catalogue of art, culture and political expression which has been suppressed with the help of our already overly oppressive Intellectual Monopoly laws.

Sadly, I've removed a few items from the online version which I felt might get me into trouble with the copyright police.

This Post is a copyright violation

At least it would be if we lived under the repressive system of American Intellectual Monopoly laws. Why? Because I've posted the secret code that will unlock any HD-DVD made to date

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Writers' Union speaking out, but will they say anything helpful?

With all evidence now looking like a spring election is unlikely, you can expect lobbying efforts to increase until Ottawa actually introduces their promised new copyright legislation.

The Writers' Union of Canada, who unfortunately I do not see as being friends of writers, is planning a press conference in Ottawa on April 16th to push their view of copyright upon the Government. Unfortunately their view is probably not in line with what most people who read and contribute to this site consider to be a positive change.

"One Minute of Silence" music video

Mike Batt is a British classical composer who put together a group called "The Planets" in 2001. Their first album was called Classical Graffiti. In it Batt included a track with one full minute of silence. He said it was a tongue-in-cheek dig at a John Cage piece called 4 minutes 33 seconds
which was similarly a track of total silence, abet somewhat longer.

Batt, credited himself as well as Cage with writing the piece. There would be precious few other ways to identify who the dig was directed at. Unfortunately Batt soon found himself on the receiving end of a lawsuit with the estate of John Cage, who had died several years previously. In the trusties view "We do feel that the concept of a silent piece - particularly as it was credited by Mr Batt as being co-written by 'Cage' - is a valuable artistic concept in which there is a copyright."

What makes you think that it's YOUR X-BOX?

Mod chips are handy little devices which can be put into game consoles to significantly expand their capabilities. With them game consoles such as the Xbox or the PS3 can be modified to use larger hard drives, recordable DVD drives, run alternate operating systems, and many other things.

Censorship on the CBC

The CBC is taking the opportunity this week to do a massive focus on the issue of censorship around the world. No less then 17 of CBC Radio's regular programs are making one or more significant contributions to the project. I looked through the entire line up which certainly looks extensive. It includes issues of censorship in music, film, journalism and more from all around the world. It is extensive, but it also has one glaring hole which unfortunately, I was not at all surprised to see. That is, the issue of copyright as a form of censorship, and as can be seen from the CBC's line up, it is an issue that often flies below the radar of most people and the mainstream media.

Captain Copyright R.I.P.

Today the Captain Copyright website has announced that Captain Copyright has been permanently shelved.

They have come to the realization that copyright issues are divisive and therefore "the current climate around copyright issues will not allow a project like this one to be successful."

Crown attempts to suppress use of public documents

This past summer, the British government attempted to exercise its powers under copyright law to try to suppress, or at least, suppress the basis of, a book critical of the US and British governments actions in Uzbekistan.

The book, written by Craig Murray, the former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan, draws upon several government documents to substantiate the claims it makes. Those government documents were initially posted on the authors website, but in the summer the government threatened Murray to have him remove them. Murray removed them for a while, but then apparently decided not to give in to the threat and re-posted all or most of them. This was an action on Murray's part which is not for the faint of heart, and it should not be necessary in a free and democratic society.

Knievel Sues 'Kanyevel' over trademark

Legendary Evel Knievel is sueing rapper Kanye West for alleged "trademark infringement, trademark dilution, unfair competition, and unauthorized use of Evel Knievel's likeness". In the video (see video here) Kanye took the persona of Evel Knieval and tries to jump the Grand Canyon in a rocket as Evel did decades ago. The rocket Kanye uses is similarly marked as Evels was for his attempt. There is actually no doubt that Kanye is copying large portions of this event, That undoubtedly is his intent.

MPAA indoctrination of Scouts

The MPAA has release their badge requirements for the dreaded Scout Copyright merit badge. Not surprisingly it is full of loaded terms such as "Copyright Theft", "Stealing IP", "piracy" and "bootleg". Also not surprisingly it focuses exclusively on protecting the monopoly rights of copyright holders, without even giving an acknowledgement that the consumers of copyrighted works have any rights at all.

Any copyright 'curriculum' which makes no mention of the public domain and term of copyright, or fair use rights cannot be considered balanced. Labeling people who infringe copyright as 'copyright thieves' is an attempt to influence opinion through word association. The term theft cannot properly apply to copyright as the copyright owner is never deprived of what he owns.

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