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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    Karl (profile), 28 Aug 2010 @ 10:50pm

    Re: How simple is this !!

    So someone puts a work in the creative commons that is not their own original work.

    Stop right there. If it's not their own original work, they do not have the right to license it. Whether through a CC license or a traditional copyright license, they are guilty of copyfraud. Creative Commons makes this very clear.

    And I have never heard of a single case where anyone tried to license someone else's copyrighted work under a CC license.

    But if that does eventually happen, Creative Commons would not be liable for any sort of damages, just as the U.S. Copyright Office is not liable for damages when companies try to claim copyright over public domain material.

    In any case, that is NOT what this law is about. It says that people who legally own the copyright to their material must register with corporations who do not own the rights to that material. And if they can not prove that they did, they cannot license the material that they own. Even if they do own it, the amount that collection societies have to pay is reduced significantly.

    It is an attempt to rob artists and the public, plain and simple. There is absolutely no reason for this law to exist.

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