Quick comments on a couple of recent events and articles:
Stating that their “right of making transmittable” is not enough, Japanese rights groups now also ask for new legislation that would make it illegal to download content from sites that make such content available without permission. In order to clarify which sites are legit and which ones are not, the rights groups propose… a label system. Oh yeah.
This looks like an attempt by the Japanese Ministry of Culture to bring some fresh thinking into the copyright debate, but I’m afraid the committee’s focus is too wide, while its proposals are drastic (registration system for online content with blanket licensing) and careful (stronger punishments for infringements) at the same time. I don’t think this is going anywhere.
The fact that EMI is going to start selling unprotected music files through iTMS is definitely big news, but I’m not so sure the associated price increase is a good thing. Brian Garrity has a great analysis of EMI’s move and what exactly is at stake.