June 26, 2006

Digital Libraries

Posted in copyright, EU, fair use, globalisation, internet law, politics at 3:39 am by thelawthoughts

The EU is establishing a digital library, with cooperation from museums and libraries around Europe.

I am interested in the difference in reaction between this and Google's attempt. I have never even heard of the EU effort in the media. Why don't Europeans care? Why do Americans care so much?

I'm tempted to put it down to a European-sharing stereotype, which is interested in shared culture and cultural heritage, versus an American individual-centred protection of wealth regime.

It must be more than that, but I just can't see it.

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June 11, 2006

Fair Use Copyright Review

Posted in copyright, fair use, law reform at 4:00 am by thelawthoughts

Kim Weatherall provides an in-depth commentary on the Fair Use review just held in Australia.

They are getting there, although I always doubt the ability of Parliament to keep up with technology as the Attorney General says it should. Why not draft the legislation to allow the US case-by-case assessment of whether the use is fair use? My impression of the Copyright Act provisions were that they were so narrow as to be almost non-existent.

My biggest gripe is that, although it is now legal to tape your favourite show and watch it later, if you watch it more than once, watch out.

Why would a review which was designed to weed out the ridiculous time- and format- shifting anomalies in the current Act leave oddities like this in there by choice?