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), 30 Aug 2010 @ 3:15am

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

    If you do no own the works, you cannot place them ANYWHERE, they are not yours.. And how would you feel if you found others taking your CC works, and licensing it under copyright ?

    And if you read the post properly you will see that the Czechs are treating these two situations (that you have, correctly for once, identified as the same) differently. That is what we are complaining about. Copyfrauders that do it for commercial gain get away scot free whilst those who are more public spirited have to submit to ridiculous checking mechanisms.

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