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EFFector - Volume 21, Issue 41 - Music Labels Are Finally Talking about VCL on College Campuses

EFFector Vol. 21, No. 41  December 12, 2008  editor@eff.org

A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
ISSN 1062-9424

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In our 493rd issue:

* MUSIC LABELS ARE FINALLY TALKING ABOUT VOLUNTARY
COLLECTIVE LICENSING (VCL) ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES, an idea
that EFF has been advocating since 2003. Under the proposed
scheme, students would be able to pay a fee and would
receive the authorization to download whatever they like,
in whatever format they prefer, using whatever software
they desire. The project would create a new, nonprofit
collecting society to divide the fee amongst artists and
other rightsholders.

For more about the emergence of VCL talks:
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/12/labels-open-collective-licensing-campus

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EFF Updates

* Obama's Transparent Transition
The Obama-Biden Transition Team has announced that it will
post policy documents from most meetings with outside
groups.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/12/obama-launches-innovative-open-government-effort

* Internet Censors Must Be Accountable for What They Break
Internet filtering often leads to unintended consequences,
especially when it comes to user-generated content.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/12/internet-censors-must-be-accountable-things-they-b

* MPAA Asks for More Copyright Surveillance of Internet
Documents from the MPAA's meeting with the Obama-Biden
Transition Team have been posted to Change.gov. Comments
from the public are encouraged.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/12/mpaa-obama

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miniLinks

~ Obama May Keep CIA Chief
Michael Hayden, a major player in the Bush administration'
wiretapping program, may stay on as head of the CIA under
Obama.
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/12/us-news-says-th.html

~ Panel to Call for Review of Wiretapping Scholar
The House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel plans to ask
the NSA to open a formal investigation into whether NSA
wiretaps were improperly used in the trial of Ali al-Timimi.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/08/washington/08nsa.html

~ Reselling MP3s: The Music Industry's New Battleground?
A new music service promises to help digital music
customers exercise their first sale rights. But is it
legal?
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10120951-93.html

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