Archive for Copyright

There has been quite a bit written recently about the case of a British photographer, David Slater, where a monkey took his camera and took a “selfie”. Wikimedia posted the photo, the photographer asked them to take it down because it is a copyrighted work, Wikimedia refused on the grounds that the monkey actually took […]

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Friday, August 15th, 2014 at 14:42 | no comments

Prior to the 1976 Copyright Act (which went into effect in 1978) the max length of copyright was 56 years (the initial 28 plus an optional renew for 28). So works from 1957 would be entering the public domain this year. That includes: Plays and Books: Samuel Beckett: Endgame, Jack Kerouac: On the Road, Ayn […]

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Saturday, January 4th, 2014 at 12:29 | no comments

Great article by Zachary Strebeck explaining why you can’t copyright an idea, the limitations of copyright, and what is actually protected under copyright law. Read the article here.

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014 at 14:10 | 1 response

Great article by Rick Falkyinge about how the copyright changes have never been about benefiting the only real stakeholders in copyright, the public! Read the article here.

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Sunday, December 29th, 2013 at 11:23 | no comments

An interview with Maria Pallante, Head of the US Copyright Office, and discussion of the upcoming leadership roundtables with music creators: Maria Pallante, Head of US Copyright Office, To Meet With Music Creators: Exclusive | Billboard.    

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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at 16:14 | no comments

Nice article by Michael Carrier about the emphasis on infringing uses of copyright and under appreciation of non-infringing uses: Copyright’s Blind Spot: The Innovation Asymmetry

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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at 16:08 | no comments

Remarks made yesterday by the Assistant Secretary of Commerce: Remarks of Assistant Secretary Strickling on Copyright Policy, Creativity and Innovation in the Digital Economy | NTIA.

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Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 at 17:31 | no comments

Australian record labels take legal action against restaurants and cafes not paying fees for background music. Read the article here.  

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Monday, December 16th, 2013 at 17:42 | no comments

A very interesting article on how, especially prior to the Chace Act of 1891, authors and publishers dealt with the lack of copyright protections for non-American authors. How Writers Coped Without Copyright – Reason.com.

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Sunday, December 8th, 2013 at 20:42 | no comments

The MPAA claims that in a 6 month period it sent 11 million takedown notices to search engines and another 13 million to sites directly. There are those who argue this demonstrates that copyright infringers have the upper hand. But keep in mind these are just takedown notices, the entertainment industry doesn’t have to prove […]

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Saturday, December 7th, 2013 at 21:18 | no comments