[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2010/11/nRx1mH.jpg[/newsimage]An update this week on the website that serves as the home base for Operation Payback could signal a drastic change in tactics for the group’s ongoing campaign to change copyright laws. Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/operation-payback-publishes-copyright-reform-proposals-36785/](http://www.myce.com/news/operation-payback-publishes-copyright-reform-proposals-36785/) Please note that the reactions from the complete site will be synched below.
While I think it’s also a good idea to reduce the copyright lifetime, it should be different for physical products than virtual products. For example, it would make it difficult for a business to survive even if they come up with a successful product, as other manufacturers would be entitled to make the exact looking product once the short copyright/patent period expires, especially if eliminated altogether. The last thing I would like to see is electrical shops having hundreds of identical looking products with manufacturers simply copying each others designs.
For music, this would not be such an issue, especially if the artists offer downloadable music as promotional material that people can freely share with each other. Sure, this would potentially mean that other musicians could perform their work without paying royalties, however, nothing beats going out such as to a concert and seeing the original artists perform their work live.
For games and movies, a certain copyright lifetime must exist, e.g. a minimum of 1 year If someone creates the perfect game or movie, they will earn their fortune within the first year, if not within the first few days, where as a not-so-great may never earn this much over a 100 years if the copyright lasted and was enforced over that length.
it would also be a great help if backups of legally bought disks could be made, thereby protecting the original disk. given the absolute bulls**t that disks were supposed to be ‘virtually indestrctable’ that would prevent the same game etc having to be re-purchased.
also, to actually only receive part of a game on disk and have to download the rest, simply to be able to play that game is ridiculous! what if you dont have internet? what if you dont want to play that game on-line? basically, you would not be getting what you are paying for. surely, that cannot be legal, can it?
Their agenda seems a little far-fetched and ridiculous. A bunch of idiot geeky kids,
[QUOTE=unclemilty74;2558392]Their agenda seems a little far-fetched and ridiculous. A bunch of idiot geeky kids,[/QUOTE]
At the very least, they are bringing attention to the issue and creating discussions around it. That’s a win in itself.
1)…eliminating ALL the fair use restrictions implemented in the DMCA.
Shore up the rights of educational institutions, teachers, libraries.
Increase the purview and authority of the Royalty Tribunal to include limits on live performance royalties (like live venues and night clubs), limit mechanical license fees, significantly limit royalties paid by emerging technologies including non profit celestial radio, Internet radio and educational/scientific pursuits,
Create a tax on all digital media with copy protection schemes, root kits, etc. There should be absolutely no deterrent to a consumers fair use of the product.
Put cap limits on royalties for broadcast and movies. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if shows like Midnight Special, In Concert and others could be revived, or were even possible in a modern world, and not financially restrictive due to excessive greed?