Czech Proposal On Copyright Law Would Require Artists To Get Collection Society Approval To Use Creative Commons?

from the the-attack-on-creative-commons-continues dept

The various attacks on more free and open licensing options for artists continues. We've already detailed ASCAP's misguided attack on Creative Commons as some sort of attempt to undermine copyright, rather than simply a way to give copyright holders more options. And now, Slashdot points us to a report from ZeroPaid on a draft of a new copyright law in the Czech Republic, which seems like a direct frontal attack on alternative licensing schemes:
Under the draft text, anyone who wants to use a public license must report to a copyright collective administrator. The administrator would then review the work in question and the creator would have to prove that he or she has created that work in the first place. Then, and only then, can a creator legally use a public license of their choice.
Once again, it looks like the gatekeepers, despite their claims, aren't looking out for the best interests of content creators, but for the best interests of the gatekeepers.

Filed Under: copyright, czech republic, licensing creative commons


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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Aug 2010 @ 11:40am

    Obviously this article talks about something that seems a bit crazy, but I have to wonder if it might have some seblance of merit under the copyright system as it exists in the country. I am a bit reluctant to jump on a bandwagon critical of the measure without having a general feel for Czech law on the subject of copyright.

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