Category: "Copyright"

Good attempt, guys

12/11/07 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright, Calgary
I recently decided to "upgrade" my old "Die Hard" DVDs as my original transfers which, while reasonable for the time, were substandard. Besides, the pack including the as-of-yet unwatched fourth installment so I figured it was a decent choice. more »
 

Oh, now who do I cheer for?

12/04/07 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright
This isn't fair. Bete noire #1 (Walmart) tells bete noir #2 (Record Labels) to drop bete noire #3 (DRM). Give me a few hours to resolve the cognitive dissonances on this one. (Via BoingBoing) more »
 

Another daft civic implementation of copyright

10/26/07 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright
Another day, another silly misinterpretation of copyright law. Sadly, it's a Canadian case this time. (Via BoingBoing) more »
 

New iPods locked to iTunes in hardware

10/23/07 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright
Oh, for pity's sake. I was leaning in favour of picking up the new larger capacity iPod and then I read that Apple's locked down the hardware such that iTunes is required to put music on it. Why? (Via BoingBoing) more »
 

Trademark dispute over "iPhone" in Canada

10/15/07 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright, iPhone
Wired's Gadget Lab suggests that the non-release of the iPhone in Canada has more to do with someone else owning -- and not selling -- the "iPhone" trademark rather than the excessive price gouging by our very own Rogers Communications Inc. Could be. more »
 

David Pogue on iTunes ringtones

10/11/07 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Copyright
I don't get it either: Pop song ringtones from T-Mobile and Sprint cost $2.50 apiece; from Verizon, $3. You don’t get to customize them, choose the start and end points, adjust the looping and so on. Incredibly, after 90 days, every Sprint ringtone… more »
 

So where does that copyright levy go?

09/22/07 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright
One of the questions about the levy placed on blank media is where does it go? In 2006, the proceeds of the levy were finally distributed amongst the allocated participants. In this case, it means over $60 million was divvied up amongst the following… more »
 

User Friendly on software license activation/verification

09/02/07 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright
And here's another data point of the general inanity of continuous license verification (not the comic specifically but what it refers to.) I think Illiad makes the point quite well. more »
 

Game copy protection goes one better (worse?)

08/29/07 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright, Games
I'd not heard of this one until going through the Register's RSS feed. 2K Games (they of Civ 4 fame amongst others) put some copy protection on one of their new games that went a little above and beyond the usual. These days games typically have one or… more »
 

Owned today, lost tomorrow

08/13/07 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright
Just another data point on why DRM is bad for the purchaser. (Via BoingBoing) more »
 

Second hand goods are still legal

07/29/07 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright
Kraft foods tried to use copyright infringement as an argument to prevent grey market imports of their chocolate bars into Canada. Canada's Supreme Court fortunately disagreed with Kraft's argument and disallowed their suit. Although the article doesn't… more »
 

Private enterprise versus personal photography

07/08/07 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright
When's a public street not a public street? The answer is "When it's a diguised shopping mall". There's a case at the moment where a development partially funded with public money using a public street is now covered by faux-anti-photography laws… more »
 

Mix tapes

05/23/07 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Copyright
Alas, what with all those copyright and intellectual property issues these days, the mix "tape" is basically dead. That's too bad -- I always thought it was a great way of introducing friends to a selection of music. Get those tunes wandering through… more »
 

First Apple, now Amazon

05/17/07 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright
The first chink in the DRM wall was when Apple's iTunes store started selling EMI's music in a non-DRM'd format (albeit at a markup.) Now Amazon is joining the fray selling the same catalogue. This is good and I hope other music distributors and… more »
 

VoIP patent reaffirmed

03/25/07 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright
Like to use Skype to talk to people who use POTS (the plain ol' telephone system) rather than a computer? Maybe Vonage's equivalent? Be prepared to say bye-bye to it. In the linked-to article, Vonage has been found guilty of infringing on three VoIP… more »
 

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