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First off today, UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that he may be reviewing the country’s copyright laws with an eye toward including U.S.-style fair use protections in the code, thus allowing greater copying of work without the copyright holder permission. The UK currently has “fair dealing” provisions, which are far more narrow, and Cameron said that has inhibited companies like Google from founding in the UK as it prevents some novel uses of copyrighted works that might be legal in the U.S. No timetable was set for this review.
Next up today, a copyright bill in New Zealand that would have given courts the power to disconnect alleged file sharers has been watered down by the commerce select committee to remove that power. However, that power can be added back into the bill if the Commerce Minister deems it necessary, should other actions such as warning letters, etc. fail to curb piracy. The bill is now heading back to Parliament for a second reading.
Finally today, Anonymous has continued its denial of service campaign, this time targeting the U.S. Copyright Office’s site. The attack, however, appears to have been less successful than most. Though the site loaded slow for at times it never appeared to go down. The attack is part of the run up to the groups planned global protests on November 5th.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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