It's hectic right now -- oh to be able to clone myself! Failing that, here's a local Heads Up (yes, skulls & floating heads are perfect for this time of year) then another Heads Up not just in this location, but fitting the 12 nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and ultimately it will affect the world.
Next week I plan at this time to do another Keeping the Public in Public Domain, but until then, here's an important paragraph from the Wikipedia article on the Trans-Pacific Partnership intellectual property provisions:
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been highly critical of the chapter on intellectual property covering copyright, trademarks, and patents. In a press release concerning the issue, the foundation argued that copyright provisions in drafts of the TPP would likely further entrench controversial aspects of US copyright law (such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act) and restrict the ability of Congress to engage in domestic law reform to meet the evolving IP needs of American citizens and the innovative technology sector.
LoiS here again -- That EFF link is to another Wikipedia article, but I strongly recommend you go to the Electronic Frontier Foundation site for their information. In the meantime, click on the EFF video in the Wikipedia article. The EFF produced it when TPP was still developing. Congress is required to vote this secret article up or down without changes. Leaks show EFF was correct and it's at least as damaging to access to Intellectual Property as they predicted. It really needs to get your attention. (Like to read? Digital Rights Management already restricts you on your electronic devices.)
|This is a Wikimedia video. Can't paste it here, but you can click on it in the Wikipedia article.|
Folks, it's happening all over again, The Mouse and other Hollywood money will lock up Public Domain and this time there will be no way Congress can even manage copyright to allow features like Fair Use!