Today, the US Supreme Court discussed Aereo and the sovereignty of the consumer, according to some; while others argue copyright infringement. What’s going on? “Justices will hear arguments from lawyers for 2-year-old Aereo and for a group of companies that operate TV networks, including ABC, CBS, Disney Enterprises, NBC Studios and the Public Broadcasting Service. The plaintiffs argue that Aereo is infringing their copyrights by charging customers a monthly fee to stream over-the-air-broadcasts to their mobile devices and television sets.”
“This case puts the principle of consumer sovereignty, which has played a critical role in driving innovation and competition in the digital revolution, to the test.”—Mark Cooper, Consumer Federation of America
The Guardian is covering a story we need to keep an eye on: Book banning in UK prisons. “The new rules, which came into force in November, prevent prisoners from receiving parcels from the outside unless they have ‘exceptional circumstances’, such as a medical condition. Books, subscription magazines and clothing are all prohibited. Follow the link to both eye-popping articles, and few the video as actors, playwrights and poets voice their grave concerns. Read more…
Heads up, video contains adult content – do watch for Kathy Lette’s piece where she refers to receiving books signed by her readers.
What do you think?
Is Aereo infringing on copyrights?
And speaking of rights, do prisoners have rights, such as the right to books and eh hem, clean underwear?