Category: Copyright

Captain Copyright Has Left The Building

Captain Copyright Last year we told you about Captain Copyright, the cartoon character who was created to teach the children of Canada about the value of intellectual property and the dangers of piracy. While we support teaching children about the real world, Captain Copyright’s lesson plans seemed more more like propaganda than fair and balanced representations of the complex issues surrounding copyright and intellectual property.

This morning we’ve learned that Captain Copyright has been asked to turn in his tights and cape. The Captain’s creators, a group called Access Copyright, have decided to pull the plug on the program. While today’s announcement came as a surprise, it wasn’t entirely unexpected. In his short time fighting crime Captain Copyright managed to make a lot of enemies.


How To Copyright An Atomic Bomb

captny20302010030suspicious_devices_ny203.jpg If you had any doubt about America’s national priorities, consider this: Yesterday’s bomb scare has become today’s copyright violation.

Earlier this week Boston authorities were busy calling in the Department Homeland Security over some mysterious looking circuit boards. Everyone involved was certain they were bombs that would be detonated as part of some evil plot to prevent the Red Sox from winning another World Series. Just days later someone (we’re still not quite sure who) is apparently claiming that eBay auctions offering those very same circuit boards are a copyright violation. The path from terrorism to piracy is a surprisingly short one.

Given the fact that hundreds of signs were hidden in at least 10 major cities, it should come as no surprise to anyone that they’re starting to turn up on eBay. What is surprising is that anyone would consider their sale a violation of copyright. Copyright protects the right to copy (hence the name). By all accounts, the signs that are being auctioned are authentic.


What Ever Happened To Google Book Search

One of the great, sort-of-under the mainstream media’s radar stories of this past year was/is Google Book Search. If you hang around publishing circles (which, well, I do), it’s been a blip on the screen, but if you’re looking at big media stories, this one just seems to escape the big press.

Maybe it’s just that books aren’t as glamorous as movies, I don’t know. But while the major studios and music labels try — and I use the word very deliberately — to wrap their minds around the concept of digitizing and distributing content, Google (and, to be fair, Microsoft and Amazon) has pushed forward with its plan. As I type, I can access digitized books and make decisions about their usefulness in my current research. As more product gets added to the search engine, I find myself using this feature of Google more and more. I have actually made one purchase based on this feature. Not a bad return on investment, considering I never would have found this book on Amazon. I tried; Amazon’s search functionality denied me, time and again. Google, however, was more than happy to offer the book up right away.

How Can I Copy DVDs To My iPod?

Dear Lopy:

I’ve got one of those so-called video iPods. It’s fine that I can download television shows and movies from iTunes, but I’ve already got a huge DVD collection. I don’t really see the need to re-purchase programs that I already own. It seems like I should be able to transfer my DVD’s to my iPod. iTunes is great about copying my CD collection. How come it can’t do the same thing with my DVD collection?

Confused By iTunes


Who Is Hurt By Stealing Music?

So, we received a question this morning, and it’s one that every member of the ‘loper team will probably want to address in different ways: who does piracy really hurt? You know the arguments, how some people believe that stealing music doesn’t hurt anything because, well, those corporations are so big, nobody will notice a few bucks here, a few bucks there.

Let’s be honest here. Piracy hurts every single person and business in the chain. It hurts the artist, it hurts the labels, it hurts the retailers. If you’re talking in terms of physical media, it hurts the people who drive trucks and work in warehouses. It hurts artists who haven’t yet been signed to labels. You might not think there’s an impact, but you’re wrong.