This Week In Techdirt History: November 28th – December 4th

from the from-whence-we-came dept

Five Years Ago

This week in 2016, Trump’s telecom adviser was saying he wanted to dismantle the FCC because broadband monopolies aren’t real — while Trump was appointing a third anti-net neutrality advisor to his team, Wall Street was dreaming of megamergers under his administration, and AT&T was showing everyone what the death of net neutrality would look like. Meanwhile, folks were lining up to seek action from Obama in his final days, with congressional staffers who reined in 1970s surveillance calling on him to pardon Ed Snowden, Dianne Feinstein asking him to declassify the CIA torture report, and the Senate Intelligence Committee seeking the declassification of evidence of Russian election interference.

Ten Years Ago

This week in 2011, the SOPA fight continued. The mainstream press started to step up in opposition, with the NY Times, LA Times and Wall Street Journal all publishing pieces against the bill. Another DNS provider came out against it, as did educators who were worried about its impact on education. On the other side, an ex-RIAA boss was ignoring all criticism and claiming complaints are just attempts to justify stealing, the MPAA was offering false concessions, NBC Universal was threatening partners to get their support, and a highly questionable “consumer” group released an extremely misleading report claiming the public liked SOPA. Meanwhile, at least one court was acting like it was already law.

Fifteen Years Ago

This week in 2006, the explosion of online video was leading to all sorts of misplaced blame for various issues (including lock picking apparently) while Disney was complaining that notice-and-takedown was too burdensome and Google was trying to pay off big entertainment companies to leave YouTube alone. Legal questions around embedding infringing content were heating up as well. Meanwhile, the RIAA finally succeeded in getting the US to pressure Russia into shutting down Allofmp3, the UK decided against extending copyright terms, and an appeals court held up yet another ruling that states can’t ban video games.

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charliebrown (profile) says:

Copyright Extensions

So, did the UK extend their copyright terms after 2006? I’ve seen some DVD’s (for sale at Amazon UK) of adaptions of Charles Dickens novels that the BBC made in the 1960’s and they’re not from the regular BBC licensees. But, apparently, written works (publishing rights) still seem to have the "life plus 70" attached to them still.

But I live in Australia. I’ve read our copyright law. It’s not a recommended read. It does your head in. Anyway, our law says 70 years. And if it is not an Australian work, you have to pretend it is. As in, even if something is public domain all over the world but is less than 70 years old, you have to assume it is "made in Australia" and thus still under copyright here. As far as I’ve been able to determine, TV shows from the UK over 50 years old are no longer under copyright (publishing rights for the script and music not withstanding) but, as I live in Australia, I have to wait 70 years.

A lot of our copyright law was introduced in order to comply with our "free trade" agreement with the United States in 2007. Oh well, at least I get to transfer my music from one format to another, even if I’m not allowed to transfer my videos from one format to another. The FTA also extended the term for our sound recordings to 70 years. We’ve also had the anti-circumvention rule since 2007, which was news to me. I thought we were still fighting against it.

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