Friday, May 01, 2015

May Day: EFF's "Route 301" and its "404 Report" on international copyright abuse

For May Day, I think it would be good to look at Electronic Frontier Foundation’s “404 Report”, discussing abuse of copyright outside the US, even in democratic countries like Canada.  EFF is augmenting (and criticizing) a report called the “301 Blackist”, as explained in this link.
The case in Canada of Connie Fournier, founder of Free Dominion, deserves special attention. Connie and her husband were pursued for copyright infringement on a copied news clip (with back link), and embedded photo, and a republished court speech (which should have been public domain).  
The embed was actually just a hyperlink, not normally actionable under copyright.  But because Canada doesn’t have a safe harbor apparently the speech wasn’t silenced immediately.
It is no surprise to see Russia on the list, although here the issue wasn’t the anti-gay propaganda law.

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