SOPA Debate: Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales in Discussion with Copyright Alliance’s Sandra Aistars

democracynow.org – Congressional support for a pair of anti-piracy bills is weakening after Wednesday’s historic online protest in which thousands of websites went dark for 24 hours. Hollywood film studios, music publishers and major broadcasters support the anti-piracy legislation, saying it aims to stop the piracy of copyrighted material over the internet on websites based outside the United States. “We’re talking about sites that are operated and dedicated to piracy and that are really preventing individual creators across the country from having an economic livelihood from their creative pursuits,” says Sandra Aistars, Executive Director of the Copyright Alliance, whose members include the Motion Picture Association of America, NBC Universal, Time Warner, Viacom, ASCAP and BMI. But critics say the bills could profoundly change the internet by stifling innovation and investment, hallmarks of the free, open internet. “Wikipedia can be defined as a search engine under these [bills],” says Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales. “That would mean it would be illegal for Wikipedia to link to a site, even if we are explaining to the public what is going on here. That would become illegal. This is outrageous. It’s not acceptable under the First Amendment.” Towatch the complete daily, independent news hour, read the transcript, download the podcast, and for the additional information about Democracy Now!, visit www.democracynow.org. FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE Facebook: www

If a copyright is posted to usenet, is it in the public domain?

Question by : If a copyright is posted to usenet, is it in the public domain?

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Answer by UrbanPhotos
Absolutely not.

See http://www.copyright.gov

Posting something to Usenet is no different than printing it in a magazine or showing it on television. The copyright owner does not waive any ownership rights just because they’re allowing the public to view the work.

What “Public Domain” means is that copyright has either expired or was never granted. Most US federal government publications and works are automatically public domain because they were created using public (taxpayer) money. Otherwise, copyrights generally expire 70 to 120 years after the death of the artist.

The penalty for copyright violation can be as high as $ 150,000. So don’t take it lightly.

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