Thankfully, we haven't seen any advance in the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (CASE Act) since the Senate Judiciary Committee voted it out of committee. The House version is still being considered by the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. This bill would create within the Copyright Office a Copyright Claims Board which would have the ability to hear claims of copyright infringement and award damages up to $30,000. B...
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On July 18th, the Senate Judiciary Committee marked up and voted out of committee the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (CASE Act). This bill would create within the Copyright Office a Copyright Claims Board which would have the ability to hear claims of copyright infringement and award damages up to $30,000. This law is supposed to be an easier way for photographers and other artists to gain recompense when they claim their copyrights were infringed. However, ...
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Captain James, Quartermaster Joe, First Officer Steve and Activism Director Sam have a free flowing discussion of the latest news including: Orlando police once again ditch Amazon’s facial recognition software Here's The Most Complete Map So Far Of Amazon's Ring Camera Surveillance Partnerships With Local PoliceEquifax Hack $700 million settlementFSB Contractor Hacked13 year old US citizen detained in ICE campHOUSING AFFORDABILITY: What Can Citizens and Municipalities Do?August 4th P...
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Today the European Parliamentary elections start in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. They continue until Sunday, the 26th in sixteen member states. If you can vote in this election please vote for your country's Pirate Party. If you have friends or family who can vote, please urge them to vote for the Pirate Party. With the EU's adoption of a copyright law that imposes upload filters, a link tax, hinders the right to take pictures in public places and a number of other copyright chan...
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Our newest Pirate News is up: In this Pirate News, Captain James, Quartermaster Joe and Activism Director Sam (Malt) talk about the latest news of interest to Pirates: Our upcoming meetups in Boston & Lowell Pirate Council Nomination Open Running for office in MA The good you can do as a Pirate town meeting member video Our how to run for office video Our running as an Independent video https://ballotpedia.org/Massachusetts_elections,_2020 https://bal...
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Our newest Pirate News is up: Captain James, Quartermaster Joseph, Activism Director Sam (Malt) and Arlington Pirate Town Meeting member Steve talked about the latest news of interest to Pirates: Petition to Implement a Moratorium on Arrests of Boston Sex Workers; Kashmir Hill's article: I Cut the 'Big Five' Tech Giants From My Life. It Was Hell; Pirate MEP Julia Reda: Council ready to continue negotiations on the worst version of Article 13 yet; Monthly Pirate Meetups Comin...
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We have long opposed the Massachusetts Film Tax Credit. Two years ago we noted that in 2014, Hollywood took us for $64.5 million. In 2015, the cost in revenue was $72.5 million. The numbers are out for 2016 and we lost $88.8 million in revenue that year. Giving money to Hollywood is bad enough. Due to the industry's creative accounting, most films never make a profit on paper.  As a result, the film tax credits are never used to pay taxes accrued on the films. Instead, many of them are sold o...
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For the first time in 20 years, new works will enter the public domain in the United States. Copyrighted works entering the public domain were put on hold by the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998, aka the the Mickey Mouse Protection Act, which extended the term of copyright from the life of the author + 50 years to life of the author + 70 years. When the term of copyright was 28 years with a 28 year renewal, 85% of copyrighted works were not renewed since the profit from the work wasn't highe...
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In the latest Pirate News, we discussed the EU vote to impose an upload filter and link tax. We also discuss Saturday's Party Conference.

 

Today the European Parliament voted for the Link Tax 393 to 279 and for Upload Filters 366 to 297.   Additionally, in the EU, no one but the organizer of a sports event will have the right to make available (publish, share, present), reproduce or record it. Thank you for reaching out to your family and friends to try to stop these bills from becoming law. The copyright censors won this battle and, based on a very recent proposal by the European Commission to require that web sites monitor ...
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