Hollywood, be careful what you wish for

The_Interview_2014_posterIn the first day as a rookie in the North Korea Secret Service, my commander taught us the first rule of threats and extortion: you can’t threaten people to do something unless they can actually do what you want them to do.

Relax. I have never had any connection to North Korea or its Secret Service, but I assume that even the North Korean regime, as bizarre as it often looks, recognizes the first rule of threats and extortion: if someone can’t control something, you can’t threaten him to do it (or, according to Google Translate: 누군가가 뭔가를 통제 할 수없는 경우, 당신은 그것을 할 그를 위협 할 수 없습니다). Read more ›

Posted in Blog, Copyright, Piracy, Stationers

Attack Ads, Copyright, and Collusion: Have Canada’s Major Broadcasters Violated the Competition Act?

Canada’s first (and the world’s first) competition act: the Combines Act of 1889

Last week reports emerged that the Government is considering a new copyright exception for political advertising. The reports suggested that the exception would permit the use of news content by political parties without authorization. While most of the media coverage of this story focused on the copyright issue and the phenomenon of attack ads, documents that Sun Media obtained from the CBC (under an Access to Information request) reveal an even more interesting and more important story, both politically and legally. These documents, offering a rare glimpse behind the scenes of Canada’s major media organization, reveal a picture of a concerted action between the majority of Canada’s news outlets, action that might run afoul the Competition Act.  Read more ›

Posted in Antitrust / Competition Law, Blog, Copyright

STM’s “Open Access” Licenses: Extend, Embrace, and Extinguish

stm closedAuthors Alliance recently joined a coalition of research, science, and education organizations that called on the Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) to withdraw a set of New Model Licenses for purportedly “open access” publishing.

Beyond the flaws in those Model Licenses, the STM move raises some potentially serious antitrust issues. In other words, by adopting these set of model licenses and recommending that their members adopt them, STM and its member publishers might have broken the law. This is problematic for authors who write to be read, and who deserve a competitive publishing environment that allows them to find publishers who share their commitment to openness. Read more ›

Posted in Antitrust / Competition Law, Blog, Copyright, Stationers

The Loss of Access Copyright Royalties and the Effect on Publishers: Sifting Fact from Fiction (Part 3)

mhrOn May 29, 2014 the Quill & Quire published an article with the sensational title “Why the loss of Access Copyright royalties could be devastating for educational publishers”, which advances the thesis and leads the reader to the supposedly inescapable conclusion that the decision of many educational institutions to sever their ties with Access Copyright has already wreaked havoc with publishers and will continue to be. This is a second of a series of posts in which why these thesis and conclusions do not hold up to scrutiny. Read more ›

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The Chronicles of Broadviewlandia

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away there was a country named Broadviewlandia. The name Broadviewlandia had been adopted to symbolize that country’s hopes for a new bright future, as Broadviewlandia was slowly emerging from several centuries of feudal social order. Like in many ex-feudal societies, very few books were written in Broadviewlandia and even fewer were published, and the ones that existed were limited, expansive, and beyond the reach of almost all Broadviewlanders. Read more ›

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