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), 30 Aug 2010 @ 3:26am

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

    Also:

    if you were really open and free you would place your work in the public domain, and not the creative commons.

    First of all, public domain is the absence of copyright, which includes CC. It's pretty much impossible to place my works into the public domain (though CC0 comes closest).

    But to answer your accusation: I differentiate between commercial and non-commercial use, and believe non-commercial use should not even be covered by copyright (as was the original intent of copyright law). I also have problems with copyright term lengths. But I'm not a copyright abolitionist.

    Others may use CC licenses to prevent exactly this from happening:
    someone had copyrighted one of your works that you had allready put in the CC

    Note that this fictitious someone would not have to register with the Czech PRO's. The proposed law only applies to CC licenses, not other forms of copyright.

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