Despite concerns about limits on free expression caused by UN proposals with respect to Traditional Cultural Expressions, is the real danger much closer to home? David Mamet's use of copyright to restrict post-show discussion of his play "Oleanna" raises concerns about the chilling effects of extended uses of IP rights.
Food blogger Jack Monroe has won their libel action against Katie Hopkins in respect of two tweets libelling Monroe posted to Twitter on 18 May 2015. The columnist and controversialist has been ordered to pay £24,000 in libel damages plus £107,000 costs on account and further costs to be alleged On top of those sums, Hopkins will, of course, also have to pay her own lawyers. It is unlikely she will emerge with much change from half a million pounds.
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?