"The U.S. Department of State has renewed the Charter of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee for a two-year period, effective May 1, 2012. The Committee advises the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs on the protection of cultural heritage… Established by the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (Public Law 97-446), the Committee reviews requests from other countries seeking U.S. import restrictions on archaeological or ethnological material, the pillage of which places a country’s cultural heritage in jeopardy. The Committee submits its findings and recommendations to the Department which carries out the President’s delegated decision-making responsibilities as set forth under the Act.”
"This Saturday is Culture Freedom Day, a worldwide celebration of free and open culture through education efforts, on- and offline events, and promoting artists who work in free culture. Culture Freedom Day is organized by Digital Freedom International, a nonprofit that also promotes software freedom.”Source: creativecommons.org
A landmark ruling in one of the many mass-BitTorrent lawsuits in the US has delivered a severe blow to a thus far lucrative business. Among other things, New York Judge Gary Brown explains in great detail why an IP-address is not sufficient evidence to identify copyright infringers. According to the Judge this lack of specific evidence means that many alleged BitTorrent pirates have been wrongfully accused by copyright holders.
» via TorrentFreak
For most users, Pinterest’s platform will provide a forum for fair uses. Posting pictures with captions and commentary, designed to spur further commentary and collaboration, are paradigmatic fair uses. Most users seek no commercial benefit, and only use as much of the underlying image as is necessary for the commentary. Thus, a typical Pinterest user, to the extent she draws from copyrighted works, will be making acceptable fair uses of those works.
To be clear: Pinterest has built its business on fair use. Trying to impose terms requiring users to say they have formal licenses they generally will not have makes no sense, and does not reflect the way those users use the site. Moreover, this does not appear to be the way even Pinterest expects its users to use the site. Appropriately, they have removed that provision."
The Peepa and SOPA debate in Washington.Source:
In a recent HADOPI report, the French regulatory agency has claimed successful results from its “Three Strikes” law. HADOPI cites various surveys and website traffic data which it believes is proof that illegal file sharing is on the decline in France. HADOPI claims the “Three Strikes” law…
SOPA and PIPA return as toilet paper: http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/sopa-and-pipa-return-as-toilet-paper/
(via returnofthedeji)Source: rachaelvaughn