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), 29 Aug 2010 @ 4:27am

    Re: Re: Re: How simple is this !!

    Yep. You have no idea how many times I've heard people outright lie about Creative Commons.

    Attacking CC is attacking artist's rights and free speech. That's really all there is to it. Yet people like Darryl are presenting it as a "license to steal."

    Those lies are being propagated and sold by suits in the legacy music industries, which is really telling. And unfortunately, those lies are being believed by politicians and some artists.

    I release my own music under CC, and I absolutely do not want that right to be taken away. That is starting to become a real possibility, and it makes me very, very, VERY angry.

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