European Court Of Human Rights Admits That Copyright Holder’s “Rights” Violate Our Freedoms

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“The Court held that sharing, or allowing others to share files of this kind on the Internet, even copyright-protected material and for profit-making purposes, was covered by the right to ‘receive and impart information’ under Article 10 (freedom of expression)…” This week, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) recognized something that Pirates, lawyers, artists,… Read more »

Copyright Trolls Going Too Far

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Living in the (nominally, relatively) free world,  I normally take for granted that my words alone won’t subject me to legal action. Yes, harassment, threats, or slander have consequences. But as an American, I sleep comfortably believing that I’m within my First Amendement rights to speak my mind. I can even stand in front of the White House or… Read more »

I’m Not Crazy! Others Break Into The Public Domain

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When I first used CC0, the public domain “license”, on Stories About Things in 2011, I’d only ever seen it in two places: Falkvinge.net (the blog of the Pirate Party founder – no surprise there!) and Your Face is a Saxophone (yeah, that’s as awesome as it sounds.) No basic googling turned up any big time indie writers using it. Not even… Read more »

Writing to Publishers – Noordhoff

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January has brought us yet another example of bad behavior from publishers. Earlier this month, a math teacher was convicted for linking to pirated answer sheets. While as a fiction writer, I am always saddened to see novels taken down in the mass book burnings of the internet age, even I have to admit it’s even harder… Read more »

Mega Is Down? Nope! Just Flattened Under Stampede of Enthusiastic Fans

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As of this minute one year ago #Megaupload was destroyed by the US Government. Welcome to Mega.co.nz — Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) January 19, 2013 With 100,000 registered users in less than an hour, Mega – the bigger, better, more resilient storage/sharing platform of Kim Dotcom, and the phoenix rising from the ashes of Megaupload –… Read more »

I STILL Stand With Pirate Party UK

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This week brought sad news for the Pirateverse: BPI got its way by intimidation and force yet again. After vicious personal threats of bankruptcy against individual members of Pirate Party UK, the party’s Pirate Bay proxy has gone dark. It’s a bad day for creators and fans alike. But setbacks like these are not defeats. Rather, they are… Read more »

Artists: Stand With Pirate Party UK!

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Read the sad update on the fight The creative world needs your help. The Pirate Bay is used by thousands of artists. When the Pirate Bay crew decided to help out creators with promotions, this was so popular that they’ve now created an entire site dedicated to artist promotions, The Promo Bay. While those lucky enough to get promoted… Read more »

Dear Lady Justice: I Am Not A Xerox Machine (Full Version)

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Yesterday,  this article on Falkvinge.net reminded of a guest post I did on PirateWho about the value of creators – something the copyright debate tends to ignore. With PirateWho currently down, I’m republishing my guest post in full here: Dear Lady Justice, How are you? I ask because you seem a bit disoriented lately.  I wouldn’t… Read more »

Bittersweet Facts

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Let’s get one thing clear: the following should surprise absolutely no one. Over the weekend, news broke of yet another piracy-related study, this one having to do with the dearly departed Megaupload. In this paper, The Munich School of Management and Copenhagen Business School show that the shutdown of Megaupload negatively impacted the box office sales of many movies. Yeah,… Read more »