QCO Minute Meme "Copying Is Not Theft" Sets the Frame Again on Al Jazeera

Thanks to reader Osama Khalid for telling us about another use of Nina Paley's Minute Meme Copying Is Not Theft on Al Jazeera — in this case, using it exactly as we hope the Minute Memes will be used: to set the frame or introduce the issues for a discussion. It's played near the beginning, at about 2:30:

And it's followed by a fantastic interview with Rick Falkvinge, in which he explains why Pirate Party resonates with so many people and why its political philosophy is deeply connected with civil liberties.

(This is not the first time that "Copying Is Not Theft" has appeared on Al Jazeera.)

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Copyright Gone Mad in Canada

The Copyright Flag of Canada.Any monopoly over public information is questionable, but we cast an especially gimlet gaze on attempts to monopolize publicly-funded information.  That's what the government of Canada is doing to GeoCoder.ca right now (well, "doing to all Canadians" would be more accurate, but GeoCoder.ca is the lucky proximate target).

Canada Post is upset over GeoCoder's freely-licensed database of Canadian postal codes.  Since 2004 GeoCoder has crowdsourced the creation of a geo-coded Canadian postal code database.  That is, members of the public have entered postal codes (public data) linked to location information (also public data).  The resultant dataset is useable by anyone, and saves people from having to pay Canada Post $5000 CAD for an official copy.

So what does Canada Post do?  Naturally, they sue.

(Plant face firmly in desk here.)

No, really.  It's not April Fool's Day anymore -- we wouldn't make this up.  Here's a quote from Canada Post's lawyer-gram:

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Our New Headquarters.

 

The new QCO headquarters.

Well, it's been a long time coming: we moved into our new headquarters this weekend.  As you can see, at last there's room for all our staff -- no more doubling up at desks, no more working in shifts, no more waiting lists for parking spaces.  We're really looking forward to finally being able to fit everyone at the all-hands meetings!

Many thanks to the recent donors who made this possible, especially the RIAA, MPAA, and Disney.  Without their steadfast support, we wouldn't be where we are today.

Modern, state-of-the-art buildings like this don't come cheap, of course.  Although we're convinced the new headquarters is the right decision for the organization, we thought it would be wise to start a capital campaign now to cover grounds maintenance, heating and cooling, electricity, and, of course, the snack budget.  There's a full kitchen on every floor -- our dedicated associates will need fuel to fight for your freedoms effectively.

If you'd like to support us in our new home, please donate today!

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Karen Sandler of QCO on Free Content Panel at SXSW.

QuestionCopyright.org's pro bono General Counsel Karen Sandler took part in a panel this past Wednesday at the music conference of South by Southwest: Set Your Content Free (It’s Harder Than You Think).

Moderated by Michael Petricone of the Consumer Electronics Association, the panel also had Hank Shocklee (of Bomb Squad/Public Enemy fame), Julie Samuels of EFF, and Paul Geller of Grooveshark:

 

2012 SXSW Free Content panel participants.

 

Karen's writeup is over at her GNOMG blog, so please check it out there (for the sake of keeping comments centralized in one place).

Many thanks to Karen for representing!  And note her awesome t-shirt: you can have one too.

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