Author’s rights debate gains momentum

A group of authors set up a page explaining the author’s (or at least some) view of the recent debate. In stilted speech they go ‘with concern and incomprehension we witness the public attacks against author’s rights. Author’s rights are a historical accomplishment¬† of civil freedom against feudal dependencies and it grants the material basis…

Pirates want to abandon author’s rights

German Hip hopper Jan Delay discusses with Christopher Lauer, member of the German Pirate Party, who’s strongly criticised for their positions on author’s rights. Lauer confirms several times throughout the interview that the Pirate Party has no clue how artist or authors profit from this rights and insists that because files sharing exists it has…

UK bans The Pirate Bay

Finally, following an UK court ruling earlier this week, The Pirate Bay is blocked to many UK based internet users. Virgin Media, a big UK ISP denies it’s clients access to the site now, other internet providers are expected to follow. The court decision ordered Britain’s ISPs on Monday to block access to the file…

World Intellectual Property Day – Copyrights vs. Fundamental Rights

While the members of the European Parliament were busy again formulating another version of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the European Commission invited to a workshop called ‘World Intellectual Property Day‘, just across the aisle.¬†Copyrightsholders and their lobbyists presented an absurd wish list. Topping the wish list for the new IPRED is an indirect liability…

Megaupload is not getting to trial

New Zealand is not really a hotspot for news, but today the NewZealand Herald might face server overloads as it just published an article that criminal charges against Kim Dotcom in the United States may never get to trial due to major sloppiness of the agencies in charge. Dotcom’s file-sharing company had never been formally…

Piratebay launches airborne servers

For those who missed this striking headline (like me) – The Pirate Bay now starts to place it’s severs on microplanes and drones to avoid someone taking their landbound servers down. With the development of GPS controlled drones, far-reaching cheap radio equipment and tiny new computers like the Raspberry Pi, we’re going to experiment with…