Digital "Rights" Management, Digital Restrictions Management, Dishonest Relationship Misinformation

This is a generic acronym used to describe a system of software, often including technical measures, used by copyright holders who "claim" that this stops or reduces copyright infringement. DRM in fact does not affect those engaged in unlawful activities, and can only impose hidden digitally encoded contract terms on law abiding citizens.

Please see: Alphabet soup of acronyms: TPM, DRM, TCPA, RMS, RMI, Protecting property rights in a digital world.

CES and the future of television

I normally don't follow the Consumer Electronics Show, but this year is different. The way in which it is different for me is also part of the story of the show.

I've been watching coverage of the show via the live stream from This Week in Tech. As well as this, I have Rhythmbox (an Audio/Video tool that supports RSS) automatically downloading both the MP3 audio and the Video downloads for their TWiT Live @CES.

Full article on IT World Canada's blog >>>

EU pushes Canada to drop first-sale principle for art

An Ars Technica article by Nate Anderson includes:

As part of a comprehensive bilateral trade deal it's working out right now with Canada, the EU has asked for a host of intellectual property changes: Canada will need to extend its copyright terms by another two decades, will need to ban the circumvention of DRM, will need to adopt a "making available right," and must implement a "new resale" right giving creators a cut of the money every time their work is resold in the future.

Just an important reminder for those Canadian and European activists who mistakenly believe that the backward-facing pressure on Copyright all comes from the USA.

Lulu introduces DRM

A blog article by Matthew Skala references the fact that Lulu is now promoting DRM. (See also SlashDot, and my comment there)

In the comments I offered the following:

I don't think you are over-reacting by thinking of pulling your books from Lulu, and looking elsewhere. The main reason I promoted Lulu myself in the past is because I thought it would be a publisher that would have rejected DRM given it was founded by Bob Young. This to me suggests the company has lost its way, and is no longer relevant as it can be lumped in with all the other outgoing publishers.

Leaked ACTA Internet Provisions: Three Strikes and a Global DMCA

EFF commentary by Gwen Hinze discusses the counterfeit treaty ACTA.

The Internet provisions have nothing to do with addressing counterfeit products, but are all about imposing a set of copyright industry demands on the global Internet, including obligations on ISPs to adopt Three Strikes Internet disconnection policies, and a global expansion of DMCA-style TPM laws.

DMCA-style TPM laws are a direct attack on property rights, and 3-strikes laws are invalid given we already have statutory damages which is "one *PROVEN* strike" laws. 3-strikes is all about punishment without proof, where the punishment doesn't fit the crime (cutting off legs for jaywalking).

Book Review: Bill Patry's Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars

Fred von Lohmann posted a review of Bill Patry's book.

If you're looking for a basic primer on digital copyright, or the DMCA, or DRM, this isn't the book for you (instead, try these). Rather, Patry's contribution is to focus on the importance of metaphors and rhetoric in the policy debates (past and present) surrounding copyright.

The book has a blog.

For us Canadians, here is the Chapters/Indigo reference.

My written submission to the 2009 copyright consultation

This afternoon I sent in my submission to the consultation. Today is September 11'th, and Sunday September 13'th is the last day make your voice heard in the 2009 copyright consultation.

There are so many more things I would like to say on copyright, but at 8 pages I felt it was already pretty long. I have given several presentations lasting an hour for what amounts to a single clause in the 1996 WIPO treaties. The format of this consultation doesn’t allow us the ability to discuss at this level of detail, but only very broadly. While this series of blog posts about the 2009 consultation is primarily motivated to encourage people to participate in the consultation, it also allowed me to say more things that would have been reasonable to include in my written submission.

>> Read full article on IT World Canada's blog.

Would Bill C-61 have protected copyright violators?

A CBC News article by Paul Jay hilighted the copyright consultation submission by Joseph Potvin (Economist currently working at Treasury Board, and co-coordinator of GOSLING).

Canadian law should be updated to protect us from digital locks

Georgia Straight has been publishing a series of op-eds on copyright. I authored an article on behalf of CLUE that took aim at the article by Danielle Parr from the Entertainment Software Association of Canada.

Mixed and conflicting bag of policies from ACTRA

The following was posted as a comment to an Hour.ca article about the Network Neutrality hearings.

Empirical Study Shows DRM Encourages Infringement

While this is a bit of stating the obvious to anyone who understands the technology and watches the marketplace, this seems to be news to policy makers and some misinformed copyright holders who have fell for the marketing material from the DRM manufacturers.

Reported by Ars Technica, SlashDot and others.

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