The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a multi-national trade agreement that has some digital rights activists very concerned. The TPP negotiations have stayed under wraps, but involve issue such as freedom of speech and intellectual property laws. RT’s Margaret Howell explains how TPP regulations could change the Internet as we know it.
Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), talked about the state of the motion picture industry and the challenges presented by new and changing technologies. He was introduced by Angela Greiling Keane, President of the National Press Club. He warned about the regulation of content in movies and talked about mental health and its relation to gun violence. Other topics included the industry’s movie ratings system, intellectual property and copyright infringement, and the growth of the industry both in the U.S. and abroad.
Watch the entire video, if you can. I saw portions of it live on C-SPAN. Techdirt has a great analysis of how Dodd continues to be an industry mouthpiece, spewing forth the same tired arguments we’ve heard time and again.
PandoDaily and Explainer Music’s David Holmes collaborate to bring you an explanation of copyright via a music video.
Thanks to the Internet, social media, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), navigating copyright issues has never been harder. And the tragedy of Aaron Swartz underscores just how ill-equipped current laws are at addressing modern copyright issues. But before we can reform copyright law, it’s important to understand it. In our latest song, we’ve broken it all down for you, from public domain to fair use to creative commons. That way, when you post something to the Web, you’ll know your own rights, and the rights of others. (All videos are public domain except where noted).