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.
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?