Many people have written to point to this interesting article in Der Spiegel, which points to a new book that concludes that German’s rapid industrial expansion in the 19th century may have been due to the absence of copyright law.
Archive for August, 2010
ACTA Round Ten Concludes: Deal May Be One Month Away, Updated Text To Remain Secret
Round ten of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations in Washington concluded on Friday with countries confirming progress on all fronts and hopes to reach agreement on all remaining substantive issues at the next round in negotiations in Japan in late September. While the joint statement is not yet online, Reuters […]
Is Relying on Open Access Materials “Irresponsible”?
The fact that I rely on openly accessible materials led Access Copyright supporter John Degen to describe my approach as a “shockingly arbitrary and irresponsible policy that will only place artificial (and highly political) limits on education.” Degen then implies that the choice is based on attempting to find cheap materials or ones that are consistent with my political leanings.
Yet the only thing irresponsible is Degen’s effort to link cost with quality.
FTC Targets Canadian-based Domain Registration Scam
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has shut down a Canadian-based domain name registration scam based out of Toronto. Thousands of businesses received fake domain name renewal notices from the scammers.
Canadian Library Association on C-32: Digital Lock Rules “Fundamentally Flawed”
The Canadian Library Association has released detailed comments on Bill C-32. At the risk of being labeled “radical extremists” by Canadian Heritage James Moore, the CLA adopts positions that are very similar to those found on this blog and by those arguing for balanced copyright. The bottom line from the […]