[Welcome Senator Tillis to shining sunlight on the astroturf “Restatement of Copyright”, which in our view is a epitoma suprema of Silicon Valley shillery. The letter that Senator Tillis refers to is the December 3 letter his colleagues and he sent to the American Law Institute asking some questions about the proposed Restatement (which isn’t all that proposed anymore as the drafting is moving along briskly). I gather from Senator Tillis’s op ed that he hasn’t gotten a reply yet. Which must mean that the mumbletank in the Silicon Valley policy laundry hasn’t quite figured out how to reply. But here’s the question that no one seems to have asked yet: Who is paying for the Restatement of Copyright? I don’t mean which non-profit accountability blocker wrote the check, I mean who is the ultimate donor who is the source of donor directed funds?]
With millions of jobs and over a trillion dollars at stake, as lawmakers, we must ensure copyright laws continue to protect the livelihoods of our nation’s creators.
It is for this reason that we have sent a letter questioning the effort by a well-established legal organization to “restate” and reinterpret our copyright laws for the nation’s judicial system. Last time we checked, Article I of the Constitution specifically grants Congress the authority to make laws to allow for individuals in the creative industries to be fairly compensated – not law professors.
Read the post on The Hill
You might also be interested in these MTP posts from 2018:
Shocker: Is Spotify Lawyer Leading “Scholarly” Project to Create Fake Treatise?
The American Law Institute’s Restatement Scandal: The Futility of False “Unity”
A Look at Christopher Sprigman’s Recent Record
And from 2013 about the Copyright Principles Project, the precursor of the Restatement of Copyright:
The Copyright Principles Project: Selflessness, Valley Style Amongst A Dedicated Group of Likeminded People
[Must read takedown of the “long tail” (aka utter shite) by the erudite Terry Matthews]
Unless you spent a lot of time listening to early ’00s techno-utopian babble, the Theory of the Long Tail probably means nothing to you. Yet if you live in the US or Europe and you run a digital music label, you’re living it – or the fallout from it – almost every day.
In 2004, Wired magazine editor Chris Anderson proposed The Long Tail, an economic theory blown up by futurist steroids. It theorized that with the introduction of the internet, blockbusters would matter less and everyone would sell “less of more.” The Long Tail prophesied “How Endless Choice Is Creating Unlimited Demand,” according to the subtitle of Anderson’s later book, which if true would turn the field of economics on its head.
For a practical example of what this all means, compare a brick-and-mortar record store like the old Tower Records vs. an online retailer like Traxsource. Your local Tower Records had to limit its inventory to take into account a finite shelf space. Their stock might have consisted of a couple hundred records. And each record didn’t get equal shelf space: your hippie boomer parents were going to buy more copies of Beatles records than all your Belgian techno records, so the store would stock and give more attention to the former. This “artificial” scarcity of physical products taking up physical space and depriving it from other products had bent consumer behavior out of shape for basically all of history.
Read the post on 5 Mag
Portia Sabin and head of Copyright Office Karen Temple do a super informative episode of the best music podcast on copyright registrations and the pending copyright small claims court legislation!