Thursday, March 01, 2012

Copyright bits

From the “tragic irony or poetic justice” department, Wendy Gordon reminds me that in Worth aThousand Words, Westlaw has replaced all images (including the Google Book page with the “copyrighted image”) with “TABULAR OR GRAPHIC MATERIAL SET FORTH AT THIS POINT IS NOT DISPLAYABLE.”
Via the Hollywood Reporter: France has passed a law to enable republication of out-of-print books through opt-out collective rights management.  More evidence that moral rights and economic rights jurisdictions aren’t as different as we sometimes claim.  Many big copyright owners loved Hadopi/three strikes; so is France copyright-protective or copyright-destructive?  Or is it, maybe, not that simple?

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