Slow copy

Last week, Kim Weatherall made the point on her blog that the new copyright legislation would criminalise the recording of a live concert on your mobile phone.

This week, the mainstream media catches up. (Given the depth of commentary on Kim’s blog about copyright reform, it’s surprising that the article doesn’t quote her – or some other academic – instead of relying on soundbites from industry players and politicians.) 

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3 Responses to Slow copy

  1. Mark says:

    Thank god.

    There is nothing more annoying than going to see a band and not being able to see due to the plethora of mobile phones being waved around in the air taking photos and recording the concert.

    Whats the point of turning up if you are going to record the concert anyway – why not watch a DVD or something.

    Hopefully they will have police at the venues to enforce this new externality preventing legislation.


  2. Sacha says:

    It’d be funny to see people being stopped from taking photos or videos of concerts on their phone: “Oh but it’s only a photo, and I really love them!!!”

  3. It’s even more surprising that they didn’t quote me given that they did interview me yesterday (most annoyingly, while I was visting my new nephew. Copyright reform never sleeps…). Clearly I didn’t give them a good enough sound bite!

    Frankly, thought, it’s good to see some industry voices in this. Academics railing against the new laws tends to make almost no impact with government. Industry getting involved might have more impact.

    More industry SHOULD be concerned about the fact that copyright owners could demand that businesses start getting licenses for material because otherwise they will be acting criminally. With these new laws in place, it is only a matter of time, I suspect, before enforcement heads out from the market sellers etc, and moves towards ordinary people and ordinary businesses doing fairly ordinary things.

    One of the most outrageous comments (I think) in the Explanatory Memorandum for the Copyright Bill is the statement from the Office of Best Practice Regulation that the criminal provisions ‘can be characterised as machinery of Government changes and/or do not have a significant direct or indirect impact on business, and/or do not substantially alter existing arrangements’. Depending on what happens in enforcement, we could be looking back at that in a couple of years and wondering what they were thinking.

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