Copyright matters

DESPITE the demise of the part of the Digital Economy Bill that would have affected copyright, the world of copyright and authors' rights law remains distressingly interesting. Now is, however, clearly the time to return to basic principles.

With this issue we present a simple pull-out-and-keep guide to the two faces of copyright: your ownership of your work; and what you can do with other authors' work.

Developments include the International Federation of Journalists intervention at the responsible UN body, the World Intellectual Property Organization. It argues that, in a world in which practically every citizen is publishing their words, pictures or music online, authors' rights must be re-thought as essential rights for everyone. See www.londonfreelance.org/fl/1007wipo.html - and see the links on that story for more.

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