Orphaned works are that special case in copyright law. You can tell, roughly, when they were created, but you can't find the owner.

It effects books, newspaper or magazine articles, or films that are still protected by copyright but for which the copyright holders cannot be located. The creator dies, the publisher shuts down, the distributor left.
But the copyright remains.

Its come up since the Irish Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has put out a call for comments about the changes for EU legislation (at http://www.djei.ie/science/ipr/copyright.htm )

Sadly, since its the Irish government, its released as a pdf file, but laws shouldn't be copyrightable. The deadline for comments is Wednesday April 23 2014.

Comments go to the "Orphan Works Consultation, Copyright Section, Intellectual Property Unit, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation", not me.?

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DJEI – Intellectual Property Unit: Copyright and Related Rights
Public Consultation on Transposition of the Orphan Works Directive and the Use of Orphan Works under Irish Law. The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation invites submissions to the public consultation on the transposition of the Orphan Works Directive (2012/28/EU) into Irish law.

The EC is looking for feedback — but not much, and pretty sharpish.
Go to http://www.copywrongs.eu and answer the questions which are important to you. You do not have to answer all the questions, only the ones that matter to you.

The original consultation can be found at …
, and there's a simplified version at…

The deadline is 5 February 2014. Until then, we should provide the European Commission with as many responses as possible!


The LBC topic this week is online shopping, and this isn't about online shopping, but metamathematical analysis and predications to the London riots and looting which took place in 2011.

Hannah Fry from UCL has a nice video for the analysis. It seems that, yes the riots could be predicted, how the riot would spread, but not the spark to set things off.
It turns out that the distribution of rioters travelling to the riots match the distribution of shoppers travelling (or rather retail spending flows).

And as for the five finger discount, or "shopping with violence", matches shopping analysis and also the predator-prey model.

Looking at mobile phone analysis (memo, turn your phone in the airplane mode, or off before rioting), the spread of the "idea to riot" follows the contagion model, and the spark zones matches the recent budget cuts.

Which means I need to look at the new austerity measures a lot more closely…

18 Dec 2012

About Instagram

Author: will | Filed under: creativity, data, data retention, identity theft, kerfulle, photo

If you are going to sell my pictures without me getting a cut and not call it piracy… Bye.

I've known for a while that the international telecoms companies have wanted to put the Internet genie back in to its bottle so they could charge for access in the same way they make deals between themselves for international calls  (they are loosing calls to Skype and more) but I didn't know that the proposal had actually gone to the UN.

If they succeed the internet could get very expensive, and start-ups may be forced away from the market entirely.

So this shot is being fired at anyone who can access the internet then.

This wasn’t meant to be a Loose Bloggers Consortium post on the theme of “Fire”, but given my infrequent postings, I think that I should make it count.
To find out that the others in the consortium think, check out, …
Delirious, Maria/Gaelikaa, Maria SilverFox OCD writer, Padmum, Paul, Ramana, The Old Fossil, Grannymar.

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The fight for control of the internet has become critical | John Kampfner
If plans to put cyberspace under a secretive UN agency go through, states' censoring of the web will be globally enshrined In horror movies, the scariest moments usually come from the monster you can't see. So the same goes for real life, or at least online life. Over the past few years, largely out of sight, governments have been clawing back freedoms on the internet, turning an invention that was designed to emancipate the individual into a too…

as is tweeting pics to Twitter, Facebook, Plus etc from the Olympic venues.

I really hope someone tries to enforce this either in courts (with arrests) or with cease and desist letters, just to see the entire thing blow up.

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London 2012: The Most Social Games Ever? It’s Inevitable.
Artist – Space Hijackers (UK) // site specific install next to Olympic Village, East London

Reading through the Brand Guidelines for the 2012 Games [pdf], I don’t see much that is as unreasonable as the two recent over-zealous enforcements (the chips issue and the police/plastic bags silliness).
Given IOC’s promise that this would be the most social Olympics ever, it’s even more surprising that the organisers are constantly on the back foot as social media helps these gaffes spread faster th…

31 May 2012

Go in to the booth

Author: will | Filed under: legislation, photo

Well we have a referendum in Ireland. I won’t go in to the details.

This has been the focus of the airwaves for the last 6 weeks, and will be headline material until Sunday, then the features editors get another week.

However, by holding the vote on a Thursday, I means that I can’t get to my polling booth. Geography conspired against me again.

28 May 2012

Crowdsource copyright law

Author: will | Filed under: copyright, fair use, law, legislation, politics, public domain

Well I expect spaceshifting, timeshifting and something-else-shifting to show up as things made legal rather than the slightly grey area they currently live under.

Of course, as usual I might be mixing up American, Australian, Canadian, Irish, English, New Zealand and Scottish law. Again.

Lets see what TDs Stephen Donnelly and Catherine Murphy with Antoin O’Lachtnain of Digital Rights Ireland, Tom Murphy of Boards.ie and solicitor +Simon McGarr .

Reshared post from +Siliconrepublic

TDs Stephen Donnelly and Catherine Murphy are crowdsourcing their response to the Copyright Review Commission

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Savvy TDs crowdsource their response to Copyright Review
A pair of independent TDs are enlisting the public as part of a crowdsourcing exercise to get feedback on their submission to the Copyright Review Commission in the aftermath of the signing of the sta…

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27 May 2012

Have a cookie

Author: will | Filed under: law, legal, privacy, programming

Yes my site does give you a cookie, but I'm not tracking you across the web. Feel free to use Noscript et all.

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Giving you a choice about cookies
A year ago a law – known as Directive 2009/136/EC – came into effect throughout the European Union on the use of cookies on websites, requiring a website owner to seek visitors’ consent to cookies being saved to their computers when they visit a website (more on cookies).
Implementing the law in the UK was delayed for a year to give businesses time to become compliant. The Information Commissioner’s Office – responsible for policing the implementation of the UK-specific version of the EU law …

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10 Apr 2012

Lie to me

Author: will | Filed under: creativity, crime, LBC, legal

Society runs on trust. Without it, anarchy rules.

I mean you might allow a strange man with heavy implements in to your home, near your family, maybe offer him food which neither of you check for poisons and when he has performed certain functions, you pay him with an unguaranteed piece of paper.

Or, you hire a plumber, offer him something to eat while here’s there and pay him with a cheque.

That is societal trust. Security depends on trust. If the vast majority of people were untrustworthy, then policing wouldn’t work. A majority of honest actors are required, and a minority of defectors exist.

This is the argument of “Liars and Outliers” by Bruce Schneier and it goes on in to more detail. Schneier began writing this book as a security focused book, but kept finding his examples and the facts kept bring things away from pure security measures and more towards “Trust”. Societal trust is different from personal trust, societal trust is needed once the small tribe becomes a much large group (Dunbar’s number is in the mix with the switch).

But both personal trust and societal trust can be abused. Defectors of trust exist. (And isn’t defector a lovely slightly neutral word here).

What do you call someone who defies the trust of society, breaks the rules of the group and unashamedly lies about their actions and reasons to their friends?




Then what about whistle-blowers breaking personal and professional trusts? What about creatives breaking social norms in their areas? What about Oskar Schindler?

He lied to those he had professional contacts with. He lied to the officers of the law. He corrupted government finances. To save over a thousand people from the extermination camps.

Some trusts are made to be broken.

This is a Loose Bloggers Consortium post on the theme of “Trust”.
To find out that the others in the consortium think, check out, …
Delirious, Maria/Gaelikaa, Maria SilverFox OCD writer, Padmum, Paul, Ramana, The Old Fossil, Grannymar.