News roundup: Flushed Away with Saw fainters, copyright rethink, and Borat's next move

Written by Nic Wistreich on . Posted in Latest

Aflushed aways the first UN sponsored World Internet Governance Forum gets under way, Amnesty International is calling for greater awareness of countries with censorship and freedom of speech violations. The forum aims to provide global discussion between the multitude of potentially conflicting interests on the web.

Topping the box office charts in the UK and US, Saw 3 has provided distributor Lionsgate with dream PR after three people passed out during screenings in one night in Stevenage. A further woman collapsed at a cinema in Cambridge, tho it has not been confirmed what film she was watching.

UK think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research has argued that the UK's copyright laws should be updated to reflect the way people consume media, including a private right to copy (ie purchased CDs and DVDs onto a computer or portable player for viewing). Meanwhile a crack down on copyrighted content has begun at both YouTube and MySpace with the former removing (amongst other things) all episodes of the Daily Show. One system which allows for consumers to do pretty much whatever they want with the media they posess is Creative Commons, the 'copyleft' licensese used in over 160 million creative works since first being released, and which has just unveiled drafts for their version 3.0 licenses.

As Borat advance buzz escalates in direct proportion to anger from the nation of Kazakstan, creator Sacha Baron Cohen has reportedly signed a £22m deal with Universal. In New York, meanwhile, Aardman Animation's third feature, Flushed Away, staring Kate Winslett and Hugh Jackman, has received its premiere.

 

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