Legalising Format-shifting

Format-shifting, space-shifting and time-shifting are curious oddities of copyright law. Two of these three are currently illegal in the UK, all are routinely done by thousands, if not millions of people across the country. While there have been attempts and drives to change this by legalising format- and space-shifting, the current EU laws on copyright seem designed to prevent such a reduction to copyright law. Read the rest of this entry »

The Digital Economy Act On Trial

This is a compilation of posts written for the Pirate Party summarising the main arguments made during the hearings for the Digital Economy Act Judicial Review – otherwise known as R (on the application of BT and TalkTalk) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. It covers the details of the first, third and fourth day of the oral submissions, I was unable to make the second day but summaries can be found elsewhere.

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Artist’s Resale Right


In the early 20th century a new right was created in France known as the droit de suit (lit. “right to follow”). This was designed to ensure that an artist receive some form of royalty from the resale of their work. This contrasts with the American notion of the first-sale doctrine. In practice, this only applied to works of art acquired at auctions and resulted in major art trades being made in places without an equivalent right, such as London.

After much debate, the notion of a resale right was put into European law by a directive “on the resale right for the benefit of the author of an original work of art”.1 This was implemented into UK law via the Artist’s Resale Right Regulations 2003.2 Read the rest of this entry »