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UK musicians lobby Brown for copyright parity

A collection of leading UK musician members of the PPL have today sent a letter to Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, complaining musicians aren’t being given a fair crack of the copyright whip – effectively becoming second place figures in the UK creative industry.

Europe, as well as the French and German governments, is already pushing through legislation to extend the copyright term on sound recordings.

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iPlayer downloads for Mac this month?

There’s been a whole hoo-hah about the BBC making it possible to download its TV shows to Mac and Linux computers – now it seems the broadcaster may be moving to launch the service, which is already available on Windows, and the launch could come this month, if a report’s to be believed.

The broadcaster has frequently gone on the record to say that it wants to make it possible to download shows from iPlayer to the Mac, but has castigated Apple for refusing to license FairPlay to the corporation in order to easily achieve this.

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Napster Judge Calls for Major Copyright Reform

Music labels face the inevitable counter-punch to their years of merciless litigation against file-sharers in the US courts, with the coalition of the willing beginning to show significant cracks as key players reconsider their support for the RIAA.

A huge salvo was sent across the music industry bows this week, when the judge in the famed Napster case, Judge Miriam Hall Patel, calling for major copyright reforms,

Her plan includes a new public/private body to preside over the licensing and enforcement of copyright, Listening Post informs.

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US royalties stay stable – iTunes stays open

We’ll know never know if Apple was bluffing when it said it would shut down iTunes rather than pay more cash to music creators – as the US Copyright Royalty Board chose to keep royalty payments at the same level.

Apple had threatened to close iTunes if the decision went against the service, Eddy Cue, vice-president of iTunes, told the three judges – who sit on the Copyright Board board, “[Apple] is in this business to make money, and would most likely not continue to operate [iTunes] if it were no longer possible to do so profitably.”

The three judges on the panel decided to maintain the existing royalty rate of 9.1 cents per song rather than side with music publishers who wanted it raised to 15 cents or with music labels and iTunes who actually wanted to slash the cash they give songwriters and composers. Continue reading

EFF sues US gov over secret ACTA plans

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge have filed suit against the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), demanding information about a secret intellectual property enforcement treaty that the government has put on a fast track to completion.

The United States, Canada, the European Community, Switzerland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates are currently actively negotiating the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

However, all the negotiations so far have been shrouded in secrecy, even though its claimed the agreement could put into effect serious changes in the law.
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100 groups demand to see ACTA treaty

“The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is on a fast-track process as rich nations hope to wrap it up by the end of the year. Unfortunately for everyone who cares about the outcome, it’s midway through September, and no draft text has yet emerged,” Ars Technica reports.

“The secrecy and the delay have inspired many conspiracy theories, none helped by leaked sets of corporate “wish lists” and public comments making outrageous demands.”

Leaked documents suggest the treaty could require Internet service providers to monitor all consumers’ Internet communications, interfere with fair use of copyrighted materials, and criminalize peer-to-peer electronic file sharing.
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Music industry to indoctrinate kids on copyright

Strangely unsure about this – can’t help but see funding for actual instruments being cut at the same time as a one-way dogma on file-sharing gets injected into children, but here’s the deal (from the Telegraph).

“For the first time, pupils will learn about intellectual property rights in the music industry – and how it relates to downloads.

Music classes this term will also cover the use of technology in music as part of new-style syllabuses introduced in all secondary schools
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Matt Mason on the Pirate’s Dilemma

There’s a few video clips where author, Matt Mason, talks about the roots and thoughts he’s put forward in his well-recieved book, The Pirate’s Dilemma: How hackers, punk capitalists and graffiti millionaires are remixing our culture and changing our world. We were alerted to a lecture he delivered at the RSA quite recently, which you can take a look at just here, meanwhile, here he is speaking on the topic at a US event a couple of months ago.

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