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``Last month I was threatened with police intervention after taking pictures of my two-year-old. Why?


Let's have some positive Free Culture.

"This Tuesday, October 16th, Free Culture @ NYU will be hosting a screening of Good Copy Bad Copy, a fantastic documentary about copyright and culture, at the NYU Courant Institute, followed by a a question and answer session with the film’s award-winning Danish co-director, Henrik Moltke, and Fritz Attaway, the MPAA’s Executive VP and Special Policy Advisor." -- Read more

And I would add that if you didn't watch this movie yet, even if you aren't near or in New York, you're invited to watch it on http://www.goodcopybadcopy.net/


"Nine people involved in a community portal Napisy.org have been held for questioning by Polish police forces. The possible accusation is publishing illegal translations of foreign movies.

Napisy.org was the most popular Polish portal where users were free to submit translated subtitles for popular movies (mostly from English to Polish, but not only). Popular video players could be then used to display the subtitles when playing a movie (usually a DVD-rip)."

"According to Polish copyright law any “processing” of others’ content including translating is prohibited without permission.


"Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is pressing the U.S. Congress to enact a sweeping intellectual property bill that would increase criminal penalties for copyright infringement, including "attempts" to commit piracy.

"To meet the global challenges of IP crime, our criminal laws must be kept updated," Gonzales said during a speech before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington on Monday.

The Bush administration is throwing its support behind a proposal called the Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2007, which is likely to receive the enthusiastic support of the movie and music industries and would represent the most dramatic rewrite of copyright law since a 2005 measure dealing with pre-release piracy. " -- Read more


"There's been an interesting series of articles on SlashDot between Karl Fogel, who's a copyright abolitionist, and Greg Bulmash, who suggests abolitionists shouldn't be using Open Source as an example given Open Source requires copyright in order to enforce the license agreements. Greg suggests that the goal should be reform, not abolishing.

As a very vocal proponent of FLOSS and other modern methods of production, distribution and funding who is involved in copyright reform, I agree with Greg. Abolishing copyright wouldn't accomplish our goals. What we need to do is look much more closely at the parameters and decide what would best protect the interests of both authors and the general public." Further on, Russell McOrmond asks some interesting questions and offers his perspective on them.