Within the digital community there’s a lot of talk about influence lately.
It really bothers me that, right under your noses, there is a legal case happening that is manipulating copyright laws for the commercial benefit of one organisation which could ultimately enforce unrealistic regulations on everyday internet link sharers–and yet I see so few of you jumping up and down trying to make the legal system see some sense.
Admittedly, many of you have expressed your indignation in tweets and blogs, but indignation only gets you so far … now is the time for action, real action before it is too late.
Please read Neville Hobson’s post: Taking Link licensing to a higher level and take five minutes to email the letter he has included to your local MP.
“The NLA Ltd.’s exploitation of outdated copyright laws to develop revenue streams will lead to the criminalisation of thousands, if not millions of regular search engine users, because under the new licence snippets (small extracts) will be considered sufficiently substantial to be copyright protected. Furthermore, headlines are to be considered copyright protected as well, meaning even reproducing film listings will be against the law. This sets an untenable and absurd precedent.”
Five minutes from each and every one of you involved could make the difference.
Now is the time to jump up and down.
Today, June 15 2011, marks the start of the UK Court of Appeal for the NLA vs Meltwater holdings case. I’ve blogged about this case previously, because it concerns me that a commercial entity such as the NLA–whilst attempting to enforce the monetization of its content–can end up introducing laws that affect all of us in the digital age.