12 Sep '11, 11pm

EU Copyright Extension: Boon or Censorship? - Care2.com (blog)

EU Copyright Extension: Boon or Censorship? - Care2.com (blog)

Just in case copyright law was not confusing enough, a European Union committee has voted to tack another 20 years onto the 50 already allowed recordings in Europe. Tech Fruit credits the move to “a serious amount of lobbying from the entertainment industry and high profile ageing rockers like Cliff Richard and Paul McCartney.” The EU Council of Ministers still has to pass on this, but if they give the “Cliff Richard Law” the nod, the creative reworking of artistic output will be pushed back two decades. Already the U.S. keeps works out of the public domain for 95 years after their date of publication. Canada extends copyright for 50 years after the creator’s death. In theory, those long copyright protections encourage creativity by giving a work’s originator plenty of time to milk every possible penny from it. That much is good. Artists have enough of a struggle without h...

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Google Uses Algorithms Not Censorship

seochat.com 13 Sep '11, 8pm

Search Engine Journal and a number of other websites reported that millionaire Brian Souter believes Google is censoring h...