Japan's 'Digital Shoplifting' Plague

“It is the kind of thing that most Japanese young women wouldn’t think twice about doing…. They might spot a new hairstyle or a new dress in a glossy fashion magazine and they want to know what their friends think – so they take a quick snap with their mobile phone camera and send everybody a picture. | But the publishers of those magazines feel they are being cheated out…

OpenContent is Dead. Long Live OpenContent!

“I’m closing OpenContent because I think Creative Commons is doing a better job of providing licensing options which will stand up in court. As I close OpenContent, I join Creative Commons as Director of Educational Licenses. Now I can focus in on facilitating the kind of sharing most interesting to me – that which supports learning – with the pro bono support of really good IP lawyers. And I couldn’t…

Bloggers Gain Libel Protection

“The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last Tuesday that Web loggers, website operators and e-mail list editors can’t be held responsible for libel for information they republish, extending crucial First Amendment protections to do-it-yourself online publishers. | Online free speech advocates praised the decision as a victory. The ruling effectively differentiates conventional news media, which can be sued relatively easily for libel, from certain forms of online communication such…