For most of the past two weeks I've been extremely busy, travelling around to a bunch of different countries, meeting with policy makers, content creators and industry folks talking about creativity, innovation and (a bit) of copyright policy. It's been a fascinating experience, and I'll try to write up some thoughts on the whole thing once the fog in my brain known as jetlag finally subsides. However, as such, I've been a little less involved in the direct posting to Techdirt over the past couple weeks, and so I got to be surprised by new stories almost as much as anyone else here (well, okay, sometimes I peeked ahead of time...). Given that, I thought that perhaps I'd write up this week's "favorites" posts, from more of a spectator standpoint than usual.
- Glyn Moody's post on what trade agreements are really about once again helped to shine some light on how corporations are basically using the trade agreement process to route around national legislatures to get policies in place that favor them. It's a huge scam, and I'm amazed that legislatures, in particular, haven't stood up stronger for their own powers concerning regulating commerce.
- Tim Cushing has been doing a great job over the past few weeks highlighting the overreactions to the Boston Bombings, but none seemed quite as ridiculous as Senator Dan Coats announcement that we need to start watching loners more carefully. I'm thinking that it might make more sense to pay attention to grandstanding politicians.
- Leigh had a post about politicians behaving badly in Canada, using convoluted copyright claims to try to stifle criticism. Once again, we see how copyright can be used for censorship.
- Tim Geigner's great analysis of how fans and Douglas Adams' estate have encouraged derivative works rather than freaking out about them is a worthwhile read, as we keep hearing about various estates trying to lock up the works of creators, rather than being a part of continued creation and creativity.
There was a lot more this week, obviously, but those were the stories that really caught my attention. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to keep trying to convince my brain that it's not 3am when the sun is shining out.