The European Commission is currently planning the next revision of IPRED, the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive. At the very least the directive is expected to carve the current copyright regime deeper into stone, thereby further preventing much needed reform.
The Pirate Times takes care to ensure that all media that is sourced from outside our own group have a (CC) Creative Commons license. In the same spirit all our work is published under the licenses attribution and share alike. Unfortunately and embarrassingly many Pirates and even Pirate Parties post content to the web or in print with “all rights reserved”.
As a result of an election spot used by the Czech Pirate Party the party found themself confronted with a preliminary injunction to take this spot down. While they are waiting for the court ruling they started a campaign against LEGO.
In December, the ITU “World Conference on International Telecommunications” was held in Dubai. The ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is a specialized agency of the United Nations, having over 190 states as members. Numerous controversial proposals find their way onto its desk.
The first of January is also known as “Public Domain Day”. Due to the expiration of copyright protection terms on works produced by authors who died several decades earlier, thousands of works enter the public domain on this date. Although we Pirates think the current terms of copyright protection are exuberant, it’s still worth taking a look a some of these old works that now become a freely available part of our shared world heritage.
Bildombudsmannen is well known in Swedish Pirate circles for contacting websites concerning copyright infringment, and threatening to sue them if they don’t pay an invoice. Recently they targeted a blog editor, but this time with a tactic not previously known – using the editor’s membership in the Swedish Pirate Party as evidence of guilt.
Julia Schramm, member of the national board of the Pirate Party Germany, published a book which came out a few days ago. Since she is a publicist, this should not have come as a surprise. Julia announced the book well…