Comments on the DMCA

The US Government’s 3-month consultation on the DMCA ended last night, and as always, I waited until the last day to even start. As a result, instead of a massively long and detailed submission with lots of details and references, they got… 2900 words mostly rattled out in a stream of conciousness, and with references […]
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NO to 10 Years Imprisonment For Copyright Infringement

The UK Government (via it’s misnamed “Intellectual Property Office”) just held a consultation on copyright infringement. In comparison to previous ones, this one was simple, and had only one question. Should the maximum custodial sentence available for online and offline copyright infringement of equal seriousness be harmonised at 10 years? Please justify your answer and […]
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I Caused the Net Neutrality Fight So Blame Me

If you’ve been under a rock for the past few months, you’d not know about the FCC’s request for comments on the topic of Net Neutrality. Thanks to the sterling work of John Oliver and others in raising awareness, over one million comments were submitted. Hurrah! However, I am in the middle of some significant […]
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IPO and Censorship, a Recap/Update

For those that don’t know, I’ve had a running issue with the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) over their use of censorship in consultations. I thought I’d give a quick recap, and an overview of the issues. For those that don’t know, I’ve had a running issue with the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) over […]
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IPO Admits Censorship Overreach in Consultation Response

The ongoing saga with the UK Intellectual Property Office has taken a few steps forward, since I last talked about it. The situation at present is that they have admitted that some of the redactions were improper, and defended others. Details on what and why follow…. So, I hadn’t shared this with the wide world […]
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The IPO Redaction Saga Continues

The on-going saga of the redactions by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) continue. After a phone conversation with Hamza Elahi on August 2nd, which also had Nadia Vally (who wrote the impact assessment championing the Extended Collective Licensing (ECL) that prompted the Consultation, and who will be “responsible for regulating them through these measure […]
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