The Shiv Act: Google’s MIC Coalition Attacks Songwriters with New Back Door Version of Orphan Works Legislation Safe Harbor — Artist Rights Watch

Google’s MIC Coalition is at it again. As predicted, the MIC Coalition is bringing orphan works through the back door with a new bill introduced in the dead of night under the misleading title ” Transparency in Music Licensing Ownership Act” or as we call it, The Shiv Act. via The Shiv Act: Google’s MIC Coalition … Continue reading

The Return of Orphan Works: Trojan Horse: Orphan Works and the War on Authors by Brad Holland, Part 5 (Conclusion)

The tenth rule of the ethics of rules and means is that you do what you can with what you have and clothe [“reform”] in moral arguments. …the essence of Lenin’s speeches during this period was “They have the guns and therefore we are for peace and for reformation through the ballot. When we have … Continue reading

The Return of Orphan Works: Trojan Horse: Orphan Works and the War on Authors by Brad Holland, Part 4

Nothing says “Internet Freedom” like getting away with it, and in case you missed it, Google got away with it again at the Federal Trade Commission yesterday.  According to press reports (see “Google Pressed Hard Behind the Scenes to Convince Regulators” in the New York Times, Did Google Buy Its Way Out of Trouble with the … Continue reading

The Return of Orphan Works: Trojan Horse: Orphan Works and the War on Authors by Brad Holland, Part 3

The Fair Use/Orphan Works Connection: A Lesson from the UK We would all do well to observe the intellectual property meltdown occuring in the UK largely as the result of the so-called “Google Review” commissioned by the UK government (officially titles the “Hargreaves Review”).   This is particularly acute given the concurrent “agency capture” of the UK’s … Continue reading

The Return of Orphan Works: Trojan Horse: Orphan Works and the War on Authors by Brad Holland, Part 2

Artists have taken note of the recent legislative activity in the European Union regarding “orphan works”.  The European Union defines these works as “works like books, newspaper and magazine articles and films that are still protected by copyright but whose authors or other rightholders are not known or cannot be located or contacted to obtain copyright … Continue reading

The Return of Orphan Works: Trojan Horse: Orphan Works and the War on Authors by Brad Holland

We at the Trichordist are expecting another push at so-called “orphan works” legislation in the U.S. Congress during the upcoming legislative session.  We take a dim view of the “orphan works” theory–it seems to be yet another way of undermining copyright through a back-door safe harbor.  If the last effort at “orphan works” legislation was … Continue reading

Networked Propaganda- Guest Post by Stefan Herwig.

Networked Propaganda Online activists and lobbyists are using digitally manipulated protests and misinformation to fight a copyright reform in Europe. They know what they are doing. Do Members of the European Parliament know what this is about? A guest commentary. Translated from original German text: http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/debatten/von-lobbiysten-die-das-urheberrecht-bekaempfen-15773233.html “History doesn’t repeat itself, it just writes the bill,” … Continue reading

Academic Copyleftists Unintentionally Bolster Constructive Termination Charge in Firing of Register of Copyrights

<publicity images of Bridy and Butler”hot linked” from UVA and Stanford servers were deleted after Bridy and Butler expressed displeasure with the article and use of images. > In defending the questionable dismissal of Maria Pallante as Register of Copyrights are copyleft academics Brandon Butler and Annemarie Bridy actually bolstering the case for action against … Continue reading