That ludicrous case where our ridiculously long copyright terms were used by some contemptible IP squatters to rob a prominent Australian band for an homage to a traditional song?
As you heard back in February, tragically not thrown out. And today the shameless parasites got five percent – less than the absurd sixty percent they demanded, but still much more than the “not a cent and you can pay the defendants’ costs you loathsome cockroaches” they deserved.
When will we get some copyright reform that’s about defending the public domain, not imposing ever more offensively lengthened monopoly terms? Death of the author plus seventy years indeed.
ELSEWHERE: In other recent copyright news:
- How Fox would treat the characters in Glee, its successful TV series about young performers who cover existing songs, in real life;
- Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has predicted the long-deserved end of the music labels:
He says, “It will be only a matter of time – months rather than years – before the music business establishment completely folds. (It will be) no great loss to the world.”
- At least one country is properly standing up against the corporate copyright monopolists and their proxies in the US State Department on ACTA – India.
Naturally, our two major parties are on the pro-corporate anti-public side in all of these debates.
UPDATE: Oh, I forgot this link, where a music industry lobbyists calls for the death penalty for copyright infringement. These are the people to whom our elected representatives are listening.