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articles · Superman – caught in a cage called copyright!
11/4/2008 20:43 · 24 votes · 1 comment

This month, iCommons’ resident copyright columnist, Tobias Schonwetter, offers his view on a recent US court decision which reassigned the copyright in Superman-related works to the family of one of the original creators.

At the end of March 2008, United States District Judge Stephen G. Larson issued a decision which in the eyes of many provided a long overdue vindication for...


articles · No one needs to die of HIV/Aids any more – in theory
11/2/2008 21:56 · 29 votes · 2 comments

This month, iCommons’ resident copyright columnist, Tobias Schonwetter, deals with the interrelation between access to medicine and HIV/Aids. He argues that patent law appears to be the crucial area of law in this respect but suggests that the role of copyright law should not be underestimated.

South Africa has clearly become a home-away-from-home for me over the last couple...


articles · A Christmas Copyright Carol
2/12/2007 20:53 · 33 votes · 1 comment

This month, iCommons’ resident copyright columnist, Tobias Schonwetter, provides historic proof that free publishing eventually pays off while high-protectionist copyright regimes for developing countries appear counter productive.

Once upon a time, a relatively young and unknown British author wrote a wonderful and touching book, based on what he later described as his carol...


articles · Facebook is a nuisance … but it does not “steal” your content!
5/11/2007 16:53 · 23 votes · 1 comment

This month, iCommons’ resident copyright columnist, Tobias Schonwetter, discusses his ambivalent relationship with Facebook.

Personally, I don’t like Facebook. And that’s put nicely. What once may have started as a useful tool to stay in contact with people over great distances has, in my opinion, become an often imbecile and time-killing application for the exchange of trivialities...


articles · The Danica incident OR how to jeopardise our goals
4/9/2007 18:20 · 26 votes · 10 comments

This month, iCommons’ resident copyright expert, Tobias Schonwetter, explains why CC licensing needs copyright law and why some of us need a change of attitude to make CC an even greater success in the future.

I think the Creative Commons license scheme is extremely useful and socially more important than ever in order to obtain an even freer culture. At the same time, however,...


articles · International Copyright Law: The Three-step test
1/8/2007 20:11 · 28 votes · 1 comment

This month, iCommons’ resident copyright expert, Tobias Schonwetter, explains the meaning of the most important constraint for national copyright exceptions and limitation, commonly referred to as the three-step test.

CC license users deliberately bypass the statutory copyright regime in order to facilitate access to and dissemination of their works. Apparently, contemporary...


articles · The CCi Legal Day in Dubrovnik - Highlights
4/7/2007 18:57 · 27 votes · 2 comments

One day before this year’s iSummit actually started in Dubrovnik, Croatia, CC jurisdiction project leads and teams as well as other legal experts held a workshop called “CCi Legal Day” to discuss, well, legal matters and policy issues in connection with Creative Commons licences.
When I read that the workshop would be a closed workshop, I approached the people responsible at iCommons...


articles · Why Byways and Backlanes? Take the Highway!
18/6/2007 03:23 · 15 votes · no comments

“The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.” Henry Ward Beecher

In ancient Rome, lawyers and politicians, separate from these offices, were often prominent philosophers – Cicero may serve as a good example in this respect - and even today, jurists can obtain their legal doctorate in philosophy (Ph.D.). However, I have to admit that as a modern-day and rather...


articles · Inactive Political Activists
17/6/2007 02:18 · 23 votes · 1 comment

The first official day of this year’s iSummit in Dubrovnik was a long day indeed– with participants struggling a bit towards the end of the day with the summer heat here in stunning Croatia. On this day, between 5 p.m. and 6h30 p.m., well-known political activists discussed “their strategies for fighting against strong IP legislation, advocating for change and taking copyrights...

articles · Why a fair use exception is probably not such a good idea
7/5/2007 14:00 · 35 votes · 2 comments

This month, iCommons' resident copyright columnist, Tobias Schonwetter, explains what troubles him about the fair use doctrine and why the doctrine is less user-friendly than commonly assumed.

At a recent conference in the Caribbean, I was given the opportunity to express some of my views on copyright-related matters. Naturally, a lively discussion took place and subsequently...


articles · The fallacy of long copyright protection
3/4/2007 10:07 · 26 votes · no comments

This month, iCommons' resident copyright columnist, Tobias Schonwetter, challenges the benefits of ever-longer copyright protection.

'Copyright should last forever less one day!'
(Jack Valenti, long-time president of the Motion Picture Association of America)

The debate over the adequate term for copyright protection is as old as copyright legislation itself and fortunately,...


articles · Copyright as a Western Concept
7/3/2007 09:20 · 35 votes · no comments

This month, iCommons' resident copyright expert, Tobias Schonwetter, discusses the antinomy between copyright law and culture in many regions of the world.


'Much of what we took for granted in our system and had grown to assume to be human nature was not nature at all, but culture.'

(Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve of the...


articles · Things you should know about copyright law
5/2/2007 14:07 · 26 votes · no comments

Tobias Schonwetter, discusses the fallacies of 'international copyright' and how the '3 step test' lies at the heart of understanding how to support access to knowledge.

Although admittedly for very diverse reasons, I assume that the readers of this column are united in the aim to facilitate access to creative material and to reduce restrictions in this regard. And without a...






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