Sneaky Change to the TPP Drastically Extends Criminal Penalties | Electronic Frontier Foundation

When the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was first released in November last year, it included provisions dictating the kinds of penalties that should be available in cases of copyright infringement. Amongst those provisions, the following footnote allowed countries some flexibility in applying criminal procedures and penalties to cases of willful copyright infringement on a commercial scale:

Source: Sneaky Change to the TPP Drastically Extends Criminal Penalties | Electronic Frontier Foundation

2015 YIR: Bradley M. Kuhn Speaks About Future of Copyleft – Conservancy Blog – Software Freedom Conservancy

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The Software Freedom Conservancy provides a non-profit home and services to Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects.

Thanks to the generosity of the LinuxConf Australia (LCA) organizers, who funded both Karen’s and Bradley’s visit to LinuxConf AU 2015, both were able to attend and speak at LCA 2015. Yesterday, our Year In Review post included a video of Karen Sandler’s talk at LCA 2015. Today’s video shows Bradley M. Kuhn’s talk, Considering the Future of Copyleft: How Will The Next Generation Perceive the GPL?, which was delivered on 15 January 2015.

Copyleft licenses, particularly the GPL, are widely used throughout the Open Source and Free Software communities. Recent debates have led many to various conclusions about the popularity of copyleft. This talk discusses where copyleft stands today, how it interacts with the modern Free Software world, and how copyleft advocates may need to adapt to the future of Free Software licensing.

Source: 2015 YIR: Bradley M. Kuhn Speaks About Future of Copyleft – Conservancy Blog – Software Freedom Conservancy

EFF Responds After License Compliance Services Attacks Fair Use | Electronic Frontier Foundation

In recent years, the stock photo industry has sent out thousands of boiler plate demand letters asking Internet users to pay for photos that appear on blogs and other websites.

In many cases, the industry appears to be leveraging the threat of litigation to extract settlements well beyond any actual harm. At other times, these demand letters have carelessly targeted licensed uses and fair uses. Today EFF is helping a website owner respond to an improper attack on fair use by License Compliance Services, Inc

Source: EFF Responds After License Compliance Services Attacks Fair Use | Electronic Frontier Foundation

YouTube Backs Its Users With New Fair Use Protection Program | Electronic Frontier Foundation

In what we very much hope launches a “race to the top” to protect online fair use, today YouTube announced a new program to help users fight back against outrageous copyright threats. The company has created a ‘Fair Use Protection’ program that will cover legal costs of users who, in the company’s view, have been unfairly targeted for takedown.

Source: YouTube Backs Its Users With New Fair Use Protection Program | Electronic Frontier Foundation