Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Oct 2011 13:31 UTC
Legal A few days ago, several countries signed ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. As you are probably aware, ACTA was drafted up in secret, and is basically Obama/Biden's attempt to impose the US' draconian pro-big business/big content protection laws on the rest of the world ('sign it, or else'). The European Parliament still has to vote on it, and as such, Douwe Korff, professor of international law at the London Metropolitan University, and Ian Brown senior research fellow at the University of Oxford, performed a 90-page study, with a harsh conclusion: ACTA violates fundamental human rights.
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Fair Use granted by Copyright to the content license holder says I pay to license the content not the medium it is delivered on. It also says that I can, for private use, access that content any way I like. Music comes on CD, I can legally convert it to mp3 to enjoy using my digital music player. Movies come on DVD, I can legally convert it to a digital format to vew though digital media players.

But boy howdy does big content put a lot of effort and lobbying into trying to remove fair use from copyright so they can sell me the same content license over and over on different storage mediums.

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