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Submission + - UK Committee Recommends Copyright Extension

Snootch writes: The BBC is reporting that the House of Commons Cultural Committee has recommended an extension of copyright on sound recordings. Until now, the copyright on a sound recording has lasted only fifty years after the initial date of recording. The BPI has been conducting a public-relations offensive, with the usual lines about the "rights of the artists", for a while now — including an infamous newspaper petition "signed" by dead artists.
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Submission + - YouTubers to get ad money share

tanman writes: The BBC reports that people who upload their own films to video-sharing website YouTube will soon get a share of the ad revenue. From the article, "YouTube founder Chad Hurley confirmed to the BBC that his team was working on a revenue-sharing mechanism that would "reward creativity". The system would be rolled out in a couple of months, he said, and use a mixture of adverts, including short clips shown ahead of the actual film ... The offer applies only to people who own the full copyright of the videos that they are uploading to the YouTube website ... The audience of the YouTube website will not have to put up with overly long "pre-roll" adverts. Mr Hurley said a clip of three seconds length was one of the options, although the details had not been worked out yet."

Submission + - Censor The Internet, Say UK Teachers

Marlow the Irelander writes: "The BBC is reporting that in response to a YouTube video of a schoolboy breaking his teacher's window, NASUWT, one of the teaching unions in the UK, is calling for legislation to control the internet. From the article:

"Unfortunately, any yob or vandal can now have their 15 minutes of fame, aided and abetted by readily accessible technology and irresponsible internet sites which enable such behaviour to be glorified."

"[The general secretary of the union] said the union supported a zero tolerance approach in schools to pupils who used technology to abuse and undermine teachers, and called for more rigorous legislative control of internet sites which gave them licence."

Could Britain, rather than the US, be the main front of the battle against censorship in 2007?"

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