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The art of money: resale royalties feed struggling artists or ‘rich widows’?

It’s hard to move beyond the cliches about poor, morally superior artists struggling against the rich and powerful who exploit and profit from their talents, but changes to re-sale laws require a more realistic view.

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The Coalition’s looming push for a well-ordered internet

The federal government appears to be preparing a major push against internet freedoms using the justifications of copyright and cyberbullying.

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Has Australia caved in on the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

There are reports that Australia has given in to US demands for draconian copyright restrictions in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, but the deal isn’t signed yet.

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Secretive trade deal spells disaster for IP, copyright

Documents obtained by WikiLeaks indicate the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal would put local industry at the mercy of America’s copyright and IP laws. Could this hurt Australia’s capacity to innovate in business?

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Lost in translation: Chinese papers nicking English-language work

Chinese-language newspapers are blatantly stealing copy from Australian publications. They say they want to expose good work to non-English speakers, but freelancer Sian Powell isn’t buying it.

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Silent but Mega, Kim Dotcom’s file-sharing comeback

Kim Dotcom is at it again — but this time it’s encrypted. Here’s what’s revolutionary about his new file “sharing” service.

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Tech in ’12: take nothing for granted online

In 2012, Big Copyright suffered several setbacks. And Big Data ramped up its efforts. Our technology expert looks back and forward at the world online.

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Bleich on copyright, net censorship and Q&A democracy

The US Ambassador has defended the United States’s approach to trade negotiations and copyright, and talked about “atypical” diplomacy via ABC TV hit Q&A.

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Dear Kim: here’s how you stop the filesharing ‘scumbags’

Kim Williams rails at the “scumbag theft” of internet piracy. One solution is right in front of him, but he doesn’t want to accept it.

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Are we still America’s deputy IP sheriff in the Asia-Pacific?

A new leak on the draft Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement text reveals Australian negotiators are prepared to compromise our interests to please the US, writes copyright lawyer Kimberlee Weatherall.

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ACTA a goner, and DFAT scores collateral damage

A controversial copyright treaty looks dead in the water after the European parliament rejected it overnight. It’s also in serious trouble here.

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TV Now: Federal Court’s anti-consumer, anti-cloud decision

Today’s Federal Court decision on TV Now is a VCR decision for the internet age, but the key media players will be relieved, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer

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When the Dotcom bubble burst, my (legal) Megauploads vanished

@rupertmurdoch No excuses for phone hacking. No argument. No excuses either for copyright stealing, but plenty of ignorant argument! There are no excuses for copyright “stealing” — nor are there excuses for falling for the fallacy of invincible ignorance. A New Zealand judge denied bail to Kim Dotcom earlier this week, the founder of cyberlocker Megaupload. This means that […]

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Attacking privacy under the cover of ‘cyber war’

The conflation of very different forms of online activity underlies the use of “cyber war” as a pretext for reducing privacy and funding contractors.

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Cyberspace freedom … except where they upset the copyright industry

The Obama Administration’s Cyberspace strategy places heavy emphasis on freedom, but in practice it’s only as much freedom as the copyright industry wants

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Federal government on privacy: do as I say, not as I do

The federal government is threatening to impose tighter laws on corporations over privacy breaches. But it’s not in a position of moral authority …

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US renews secret push to impose its failed copyright regime

Having failed to use the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement to impose a draconian intellectual property regime, the US is using a “free trade” agreement involving Australia to do the same.

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‘Arrogant’ Apple faces copyright suit over iPhone app content

Apple is back in the Federal Court tomorrow, facing a copyright infringement claim from Australian TV production company Jigsaw Entertainment. The precedent could be significant.

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The copyright industry’s war on filesharing: outsourced and ineffectual

The copyright industry has changed tactics in its war on filesharing but it’s still not working, even as it hits legitimate internet users.

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Data download: lies, damned lies and piracy reports

Illegal downloading will cost the industry over $5 billion by 2016 and “8000 fewer jobs in the core content industries last year”, according to a report in Fairfax papers. But that’s not telling the whole story.

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Internet hijackers: stealing content and avoiding blame

Why did Time.com and Politico, two well respected news sites, completely violate copyright and publish the infamous Rolling Stone McChrystal profile on their sites?

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/Film | FILM & TV|

PHOTO GALLERY: The mystery of the reoccurring newspaper prop

Film geeks noticed that the same newspaper kept popping up in film and television from the last few decades. Is it an inside joke for propmasters or just that its the easiest prop newspaper around?

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Wall Street Journal | COMPANIES|

How frugal Fitness First is creating a market for fake pop stars

Aussie gyms are now required to pay royalties for original songs played in their aerobic classes. But instead of coughing up the cash, they’ve replaced the top 40 tracks with budget brand cover versions.

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Google picks on Australian start-up

Google has sent a cease and desist letter to Australian alcohol price comparison website Groggle.com.au, telling it to hand over the domain name.

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Mashable | LINKS|

Is this the downfall of Downfall parodies?

The movie studio behind the German film-turned-internet-meme Downfall has started removing the parodies off YouTube. Wait until Hitler finds out about this

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