For years, YouTube has been a major portal for new talent to share their creations with the world. While more artists and more genre’s of music are finally able to break out into a wider audience, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), along with other major corporations, are petitioning the US government to choke […]
Proponents of the hugely controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement have tried just about everything to try and sell the agreement to Canadians. While they have tried denial in the past, they have gone on to other tactics as well. Now, it seems they have gone back to just denying what is in the agreement. For […]
The Trans-Pacific Partnership continues to spark debate in some circles even going into the new year. We’ve been researching this agreement for years now and have already begun debunking myths perpetuated by TPP supporters. Richard C. Owens has published a piece supposedly debunking “alarmism” about the IP provisions in the TPP, but the claims may […]
Supporters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have, until now, used the lack of official text as a shield from criticism. Now that the text is officially released, it seems that supporters are having a particularly hard time defending the agreement. We debunk some of the claims made to support the TPP.
False DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) takedown notices have become an all too common occurrence in the US. Recently, a man received a DMCA takedown over a video he created and published and subsequently licensed to Sony. The DMCA notice was sent by non other than Sony.
Music Canada, formerly known as CRIA (Canadian Recording Industry Association), has announced in a press release that their next lobbying effort intends “to rebalance the copyright regime and ensure the business needs of the music sector are met.” For long time supporters of digital rights, the timing of this could signal the beginning of an […]
By Drew Wilson The controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) has once again leaked. The freshly leaked details re-confirms some of human rights and activists worst fears about the Intellectual Property chapter. We go in-depth into this secretive agreement to show what (if any) has changed and what remains on this secret agreement between countries around […]
By Drew Wilson Rightsholders have said for years that the Internet is little more than a vehicle for “stolen” merchandise. Still, few rightsholders these days are willing to take such a direct approach to stop file-sharing as Sabam has recently. The Belgium rightsholder organization is suing ISPs for selling access to the Internet without paying […]
By Drew Wilson Another person in New Zealand was fined under the New Zealand Three Strikes Law (or Skynet). This time, it was a member of the armed forces accused of downloading unauthorized works. He was fined $255.97 after receiving his third strike notice. The problem? He was serving his country in Afghanistan when the […]
By Drew Wilson Some media outlets are picking a fight with the Australian government thanks to proposed laws that would increase oversight in the media. The government’s move was triggered by the phone hacking scandal in Britain. While a lot of attention was focused on regulations, the debate has taken a bizarre twist in which […]