One day, not too long ago, a young artist named Euodia was invited to contribute some of her work to a product range a local merchant called Woolworth was putting together. The two met frequently and Euodia was pretty excited about the prospect of her work being added to Woolworth’s inventory, he was well regarded in the area and all the local farmers saved for months to buy his goods.
This talk by Andy Baio presents a realistic and sobering perspective on modern copyright disputes. As he points out, being on the right side of the law may not be enough when you are faced with high legal fees and better funded opponents. http://vimeo.com/62839607
TechDirt has published its second "The Sky is Rising" report revealing some pretty good industry growth metrics despite the doom and gloom mantras chanted by industry representatives: For years now, the legacy entertainment industry has been predicting its own demise, claiming that the rise of technology, by enabling easy duplication and sharing -- and thus... Continue Reading →
Apple expanded the South African iTunes Store earlier this week with a fairly comprehensive music catalogue. The Store does not include TV series, movies and a meaningful bookstore. It also does not yet include a number of games and applications that are available in more complete stores like the US and UK stores. The South... Continue Reading →
This article was initially published on Mark Lives. This is a modified version. We're so accustomed to the term "piracy" in the context of copyright infringement that we just accept that it is an appropriate term for what is going on. The Entertainment Industry decries rampant content piracy and how the artists are suffering... Continue Reading →
Michalsons Attorneys recently pointed out that the Currency and Exchanges Act was recently expanded to address intellectual property transfers outside of South Africa. The Act, through its regulations, requires any person wishing to export "capital" or any "right to capital" from South Africa requires permission from the South African Reserve Bank. Until recently, the definition... Continue Reading →
Rian van der Merwe posted a tweet asking me to comment on the changes to Instagram's Terms of Service: @pauljacobson I thought you might be able to shed some light? b.elezea.com/post/221145426…— Rian van der Merwe (@RianVDM) April 30, 2012 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Rian posted the new license from the terms on his one blog and I took... Continue Reading →