The Trichordist Random Reader Weekly News & Links Sun Jul 15th

Grab the coffee!

This past (two) weeks posts on The Trichordist:
* Declaration Of Free Milk and Cookies
* CopyLike.Org – It’s Not Stealing, Are You Sure?
* Musician’s POV: Five Things Spotify (and others) Could Do Today to Level the Playing Field for Independent Artists
* Second Nyan Cat Award Goes To The Fake Thomas Jefferson And His Copyleft Creators
* PETm : People For The Ethical Treatment Of Musicians
* The Return of Orphan Works: A Review of the 2008 Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act Part 1

The attempt for another land grab of creators rights is brewing again, this time in the UK. The video below is an introduction and explanation to get you up to speed. More in depth reporting from Music Tech Policy at the link below: http://musictechpolicy.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/history-of-orphan-works-legislation-corporate-theft-video/

DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS : Wednesday July 25 @ 5PM EST
Artists, Musicians, Creators – U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel is asking for you to “Help Us Shape Our Strategy for Intellectual Property Enforcement.” You can comment directly at this link:
http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=OMB-2012-0004-0002

We’re very encouraged to see ethical practices by some corporate citizens. PayPal puts on the white hat in support of artist and creators right, denies payments to “File Hosting” site operators, Torrent Freak Reports:
http://torrentfreak.com/paypal-bans-major-file-hosting-services-over-piracy-concerns-120710/
Related from Torrent Freak:
http://torrentfreak.com/paypal-bans-bittorrent-friendly-vpn-provider-120622/
Could these policy changes be the result of one man? Torrent Freak Reports:
http://torrentfreak.com/one-man-army-on-a-mission-to-destroy-the-cyberlocker-market-120705/

Uh Oh… CNET Is Now Facing Hundreds of Millions In Piracy Infringement Penalties… Digital Music News Reports:
http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2012/120714cnet

Why copyright matters. Beginning in 2013 individual artists become illegible to regain ownership of their masters via termination of transfer of copyrights. This issue alone illustrates the value of copyright to all musicians.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/richardbusch/2012/06/12/the-battle-over-copyright-termination-and-the-first-round-goes-to/

Forbes reports on Google’s Piracy Liability. Essential Reading:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottcleland/2011/11/09/googles-piracy-liability/

Google misled consumers about their privacy, the FTC’s investigation shows. Google may have to pay $22m fine, Ars Technica Reports:
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/07/google-may-pay-22-5-million-penalty-for-ignoring-safari-do-not-track/

Fascinating post from 1709 Blog challenges the ISP “Dumb Pipe” and DMCA qualification as such. Contextual Advertising is based on informed knowledge of user behavior, hardly “dumb pipe.” Read more at 1709 Blog (which should be on your blogroll as well!):
http://the1709blog.blogspot.com/2012/07/mere-conduits-dumb-pipes-think-again.html

David Lowery interviewed by Andrew Orlowski in the UK’s Register, “Lowery: The blue-collar musician at the eye of the copyright storm.”
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/08/david_lowery_interview/

Copyright Alliance reports on the artists appearing and supporting the Trans Pacific Partnership which protects IP and Artists Rights:
http://blog.copyrightalliance.org/2012/07/no-two-artists-are-alike-2/