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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    Richard (profile), 29 Aug 2010 @ 2:10pm

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    Am I understanding this correctly - the Czechs want to introduce a law that prevents people who don't rightly own their content (i.e. plagiarists) from using a public license? Is that it? So how is this an attack on the options for creators? It appears to me that this is a sensible proposal to strengthen the position of legitimate artists and make it harder for the rip-off merchants.

    The point is that it singles out permissive licenses for specially oppressive bureaucratic hoop jumping. You can be just as fraudulent with "all rights reserved" (arguably a much nastier thing to do) and this law won't affect you at all.

    It's like a law which says that stealing is fine - unless you give the proceeds to the poor.

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