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?
When Jared and Kirsten Maughan's daughter complained there were swear words in the book she had been reading in the school library, her parents decided to develop Clean Reader, an e-reader app which, according to its authors, allows the user to elect three different levels of reading: Clean, Cleaner and Squeaky Clean, rather than what the author put there. But does the Clean Reader breach the author's copyright and moral rights?