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Who Needs Copyright When You Have Broadcast Rights?

from the just-take-a-couple-steps-backwards dept

Ernest Miller has written up a pretty damning piece about a new WIPO treaty designed to “protect” broadcasters. As Miller points out, who knew that broadcasters were facing extinction? Miller also points out exactly what’s so dreadful about this treaty. It basically gives more rights to the broadcaster (including webcasting) than the copyright holder of the content. In other words, if you want to have control over content that you don’t own the copyright to (say, for example, stuff that’s in the public domain), you just need to broadcast it, and it’s all yours under this treaty.

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