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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    chris (profile), 30 Aug 2010 @ 8:46am

    Re: Blatant pro-corporatist discrimination

    Why just discriminate against the Libre crowd. If you are going to put this bar in place, then put it in place for EVERYONE.

    um, if copyright is automatic, and you have to register for CC, then people won't bother with CC and just leave everything under copyright.

    this will stem the exponential growth of CC'd works:
    http://www.swivel.com/charts/2370-Growth-of-Creative-Commons-Photos-on-Flickr-millions-of-ph otos-

    if you put this "equality under the law" in place, then copyright and creative commons will be given equal weight, which is not good for copyright.

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