Dec 052016
 

g-clefAuthor: Stephanie Holmes Didwania

Abstract: This paper uses data from an online database of music sampling to estimate the effect of copyright protection on the cumulative use of music. Using a unique panel dataset that links upstream and downstream music, I use regression analysis to examine the rates at which early twentieth-century musical works were used before and after entering the public domain over the years 1923-2013. Continue reading »

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Anatomy of a Copyright Coup: Jamaica’s Public Domain Plundered

 Posted by on August 29, 2015  Comments Off on Anatomy of a Copyright Coup: Jamaica’s Public Domain Plundered
Aug 292015
 

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A bill extending the term of copyright by an additional 45 years—almost doubling it, in the case of corporate and government works—sailed through the Jamaican Senate on June 26, after having passed the House of Representatives on June 9. The copyright term in Jamaica is now 95 years from the death of the author, or 95 years from publication for government and corporate works. This makes it the third-longest copyright term in the world, after Mexico and Côte d’Ivoire respectively with 100 and 99 years from the death of the author. Continue reading »

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Aug 132015
 

rcp-lcaAuthors: Rodrigo Cetina Presuel and Loreto Corredoira y Alfonso

Abstract: In 2015, Spain’s new copyright law entered into effect including many new provisions including one that requires Universities to pay Collecting Societies for using manuals and textbooks made available online in virtual campuses. This license cannot be waived and means that Universities have to pay even for works released under free licenses, such as Creative Commons, and for works already in the public domain. This weakens the protection offered by limits such as the one in favor of educational uses (art. 32 of the Spanish copyright act) and also reduces the public domain as it establishes unalienable licenses for content no longer in copyright. Continue reading »

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Public Knowledge Letter to Ambassador Froman on Trans Pacific Partnership Intellectual Property Concerns

 Posted by on July 24, 2015  Comments Off on Public Knowledge Letter to Ambassador Froman on Trans Pacific Partnership Intellectual Property Concerns
Jul 242015
 

public knowledgeSee also, Public Knowledge press release and this letter in PDF (CC-BY-SA)

Dear Ambassador Froman: All  consumers  are users of  intellectual property. The  average American  interacts with  hundreds,  if  not  thousands,  of  IP-protected  products  and  goods  each  day.  The Trans-Pacific Partnership must not weaken or otherwise disrupt the protections afforded to American consumers.

The United States  is  a global  leader  in  intellectual property, not only because of the  rights  enjoyed  by  creators  of  knowledge  goods,  but  also  because  of  those  rights granted to consumers. Preserving these rights must be central to any trade negotiation. Continue reading »

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Copyright and the Value of the Public Domain: An Empirical Assessment

 Posted by on March 10, 2015  Comments Off on Copyright and the Value of the Public Domain: An Empirical Assessment
Mar 102015
 

create_primary_logo_160Authors: Kris Erickson, Paul Heald, Fabian Homberg, Martin Kretschmer, and Dinusha Mendis

Abstract:  The purpose of this research study is 1) to map the size of the public domain and frequency of its use; 2) analyse the role of public domain works in value creation for UK businesses; 3) assist creators and entrepreneurs to identify business models that benefit from the public domain. In addition to these outputs, the intellectual contribution of this project was to arrive at a sufficiently precise definition of the public domain to permit measurement of its value, and secondly, to critically appraise theories of creativity and innovation that explain how value might be generated from non-exclusive use of ideas and works available to all. Continue reading »

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New Policy Paper on the Re-Use of Public Sector Information in Cultural Heritage Institutions

 Posted by on November 3, 2014  Comments Off on New Policy Paper on the Re-Use of Public Sector Information in Cultural Heritage Institutions
Nov 032014
 

communia[Paul Keller, Communia, Link, (CC0)] In 2013 the European Union enacted Directive 2013/37/EU amending Directive 2003/98/EC on the re-use of public sector information (PSI). The 2013 directive is an important pillar of the European Union’s open data strategy. It establishes the general principle that public sector bodies’ available information shall be reusable in accordance with a number of conditions, such as open formats, terms and conditions. Member States are asked to transpose the new rules into domestic law by 18 July 2015, i.e. about nine months from now. One of the major new features of the PSI directive is the inclusion in its scope of libraries (including university libraries), museums and archives. However, if Member States are not careful, the implementation of the changes required by the new directive could do more harm than good to cultural heritage institutions. Continue reading »

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Jan 142014
 

copyright-square-1Reposted from CC-USA for Copyright Week.

Whatever one thinks about the rest of the Google Book business, I think it’s important to focus on the digitization of public domain books by both Google and the Open Content Alliance and to use these efforts as the basis for conceiving of the Digital Public Domain as a more robust version of the traditional public domain.

Here’s the gist of the argument: Continue reading »

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