The Englishman's Unalienable Right To Photograph His Furniture
Few people had heard of s.52 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (which provides for a shortened 25 year term of copyright for artistic works which are exploited industrially) until the UK Government decided to repeal it. Now Ars Technica and Cory Doctorow (among others) are up in arms. What's the fuss about?
'1984 is already here' - could these words on a T-shirt infringe George Orwell's copyright? Or is the real story the readiness of Internet platforms to go too far in complying with DMCA demands by powerful rights-holders, without considering the limits on the law?
Can the potential for cheaper, more effective, personalised healthcare ('mHealth') offered by wearable technology and smart apps be achieved without creating a Gattaca-style nightmare? The European Data Protection Supervisor's recent Opinion says it is essential to balance mHealth's potential with respect for individual privacy and autonomy.