Opening up the copyright debate again

CC Greyweed https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ unchanged You might have thought that the mighty Viacom versus YouTube case had settled all of the main issues about sharing platforms and copyright. YouTube won the 2007 case with the defence that it was an innocent platform that took down any infringing material when it was notified on it. This cleared the legal way for Read More

Who owns the contacts you’ve made on LinkedIn when you leave the job?

Really good question at a conference where I spoke about the new libel law this week for Conscious Solutions.  Not about libel but about ownership of LinkedIn contacts.   The same question has been asked in one of our face-to-face courses. Question: who owns the contacts you make on LinkedIn while you are employed by a Read More

World music sales up for first time since 1999

The record industry has turned around after 13 years of decline.  Global record sales grew 0.3% in 2012 by value, says the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). A small growth but at least growth.  Sales of digital products are up 9% on 2011. Strategy The global industry has adopted the strategy of: Attacking Read More

Praise for the creative commons: quality of work improving

All hail the creative commons The quality of photography available on Flickr for commercial use via the creative commons licence has increased by bounds.  More and more are willing to let their photos be used as long as they are credited. Take this photo I wanted an illustration of a hammer and a screw.  I Read More

Selling used software is legal

A decision by the European Court of Justice this week opens the way for buyers of content to resell it, whatever the terms of the original licence. The Court ruled that UsedSoft, a Germany company, was legally selling used Oracle software.  Oracle argued that UsedSoft was breaching its licensing policy: but the Court said not.  Read More

US Congress moves against “pirates”: Wikipedia protests

The US Congress is taking ”piracy” of US intellectual property seriously by proposing to attack the financial basis of foreign sites running copyright material without permission.  Two acts are in Congress to let media owners force search engines to stop linking to “pirate” sites and stop US advertisers advertising. Wikipedia offline in protest The opposition Read More