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Sony Emails Show Industry Execs Pushing for Trade Deal - The Intercept
“Finally, in regard to trade,” Fabrizio wrote, “the MPAA/MPA with the strong support of your studios, continue to advocate to governments around the world about the pressing need for strong pro-IP trade policies such as TPP and the proposed EU/US trade agreement (TTIP).”

Sony, and other studios, are pro TPP and TTIP because they help reinforce their grip on intellectual property, and give them rights to sue whoever they want in the name of protecting their content.
TTIP  TPP  tradeagreement  copyright  drm  piracy  eu  US  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Journalists shouldn’t lose their rights in their move to private platforms » Nieman Journalism Lab
The shift to distributed content means concepts like fair use are increasingly in the hands of private companies

Summary: When your content is hosted on other people’s platforms, you’re subject to their interpretation of the law, such as fair use in copyright. Journalists can easily have their work taken down because the platform doesn’t want to end up in legal hot water with copyright and drm.
copyright  drm  ownership  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
We Can't Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership | WIRED
Over the last two decades, manufacturers have used the DMCA to argue that consumers do not own the software underpinning the products they buy—things like smartphones, computers, coffeemakers, cars, and, yes, even tractors. So, Old MacDonald has a tractor, but he owns a massive barn ornament, because the manufacturer holds the rights to the programming that makes it run.

Summary: automakers (and other manufacturers) are using DMCA copyright law to say consumers are merely renting their machinery from them, and aren't allowed to tinker around in the programming, because it would infringe on copyright. It's the same argument that digital music download providers use against music piracy, and it's stifling innovation, and forcing consumers into expensive maintenance deals with the manufacturers as they're the only people that are allowed to maintain or repair the machinery
copyright  dmca  drm  tractors  indie  indieroundup  notincluded  ownership  piracy 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
DRM; Or How To Make 30,000-Hour LED Bulbs 'Last' Only One Month
“Want to artificially decrease the lifespan of your product in order to keep your revenue stream intact? DRM's got your back, yo. It never asks, "Why?" It only asks, "Why not?"” By Tim Cushing on TechDirt
drm  sustainability  environment  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Youtube Ditches Flash, and it Hardly Matters: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss
A year ago, the largest video site on the net ditching Flash would have been a blow for Internet freedom. Today, it's a bitter reminder of how the three big commercial browser vendors—Apple, Microsoft and Google—Netflix, the BBC, and the World Wide Web Consortium sold the whole Internet out. By Cory Doctorow on EFF
drm  data  indie  indieroundup  13feb2014  flash  w3c 
february 2015 by laurakalbag

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