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  I will not swear on God. I will not swear on God because I don't believe in the conventional God, but will swear on my children and my grandchildren.

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  —Marlon Brando

UCLA v. AIME – more good news

Monday, November 26th, 2012

The court finally issued its order dismissing the case in the AIME v. UCLA case. (The second amended complaint, in case you’re counting.) In short, it was another big victory for libraries. The court affirmed all its earlier reasoning, and deepened its reasoning in a few key areas. Here’s a quick summary — more discussion […]

my two-year-old, on copyright

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Grabbing a couple of my paperback books, my two-year-old pages through them and engages in a lengthy monologue. A: “This is about Mamiche’s copyright car. I’m just going to read this page and then go back to the cat page. Okay! Let’s go back to the cat page. This book is your book and it […]

celebrity sex tapes: tell us something we don’t know

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Broadsheet @ salon.com is usually a pretty fair source for recycled news and commentary about women, gender, and sexuality. But Tracy Clark-Flory’s recent commentary about yet another celebrity sex tape — Kendra Wilkinson, who I had to look up after reading this article — is possibly one of the most pointless articles on the phenomena […]

limewire / grokster

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Summary judgment against Limewire on a number of key points, including inducement à la Grokster. As predicted, footnote 13 of Grokster is troublesome.

Obama’s ongoing copyright industry promotion: FTC edition

Friday, February 27th, 2009

aka, “the copyright industry suckup continues”, this time with the elevation of FTC commissioner Jon Leibowitz to Chair. Leibowitz is a former MPAA lobbyist (well, “vice president for congressional affairs”).

The DOJ and current copyright conflicts of interest

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

The Dept. of Justice is threatening to weigh in on one of the numerous cases relating to the Constitutionality of statutory damages in copyright law. In case anyone hasn’t heard this, the Obama Administration has larded the DOJ with numerous copyright litigators and lobbyists. I just sent the following letter to whitehouse.gov: I’m writing in […]

Google Book Search panel at ALA Midwinter

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

The ALA’s Copyright Subcommittee (Committee on Legislation) is hosting a panel on the Google Book Settlement at ALA Midwinter this year — Saturday at 1:30 at the Grand Hyatt. (I’m on the committee and on the panel.) Should be interesting. Come to the Google Book Settlement Session at ALA Midwinter Conference January 24th, 2009, 1:30-3:30, […]

new US Trade Rep; same bad Hollywood favoritism

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

see below for update 12/19 Obama has appointed the next US Trade Representative, current U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA 31); see also Becerra’s House site. Unfortunately, it looks like he’s going to be in the pocket of tank for Hollywood, just as prior USTR’s have been. A few notes from some fast research (“googling”): * […]

another exercise by the military-industrial-entertainment complex

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

The entertainment industry has succeeded — at least theoretically — in passing off more of their enforcement costs to the federal government — i.e., the taxpayers. Nice use of government dollars at a time of financial crisis, Congress! Bush signed the “Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act” (“PROIPA” ?) which, besides shelling out […]

saying goodbye to sivacracy

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Siva is shutting down Sivacracy. From the inside, it feels right. There are lots of voices talking about copyright and information policy now, and all of us Sivacracy bloggers have enough other balls to juggle. From the outside, though, the other part of me is saying, “hey but I’m going to be reading blogs again, […]

copyright and state statutes

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

California has followed Oregon in claiming copyright over its state statutes.

new blizzard decision

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

how on earth does blizzard keep winning these horrible cases? do they bribe the courts? Patry covers the new case on software cheats, MDY Industries v. Blizzard. How one might ask can there be a violation of the Copyright Act if no rights granted under the Act have been violated? Good question. To get to […]

©rappy birthday to the ©opyright alliance

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Bill Patry was withering in his critique of the Copyright Alliance’s efforts to define itself as one of the big kids. For example, Leaving aside the painfully juvenile use of © in voi©e, the math used by the Alliance challenges even the math used by the IIPA in its annual country “piracy” reports. That is […]

happy birthday is free after all

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

According to Robert Brauneis’ new paper, “Copyright and the World’s Most Popular Song”, the song “Happy Birthday To You” — long held as an example by us copyright reformists — is most likely not copyrighted after all, due to the tortuous path of ownership and failure to re-register.[linked from patry copyright blog] See also the […]

Expelled without a license

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Word on the street is starting to trickle in that the popular music was not licensed: * John Lennon’s “Imagine” was definitely used without permission. The Lennon estate + EMI are suing. (See Reuters, 4/23 (link from pharyngula); the NYT, 4/24; and Paste Magazine. (I can just picture the graphic on The Daily Show: “Ono […]

fair use (copyright) coming to an LCSH near you

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Awesome librarian (and friend) Jenna Freedman has been on the LCSH (“Library of Congress Subject Headings”) for a while for its many failures to recognize current topics and language. She just posted about the new and revised headings, including a new heading for Fair use (copyright). 150 Fair use (Copyright) [May Subd Geog] [sp 85046891] […]

Expelled copyright infringement, cont’d

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

update 4/16: Both a commenter here and also P.Z. Myers have reported that Expelled filmmakers Premise filed on Monday a DJ (“declaratory judgment”) motion on XVIVO‘s copyright claims against them — i.e., asked a judge to look at the evidence & say that they are not infringing. Premise v. XVIVO, N.D. Tex., 4/14/2008. Here are […]

you paid for it; who owns it? Wal-Mart’s contracted recordings

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

So, Wal-Mart is fighting with its former video contractor over ownership of a variety of recordings of internal Wal-Mart affairs. An aside: From the description, it seems like some of them might have been automatically captured footage. The question of copyright over surveillance camera footage and other automated recordings is an interesting one, I think, […]

Copyright claims against Expelled

Friday, April 11th, 2008

4/11: I had previously (3/27) drafted a brief commentary on Expelled‘s use of copyrighted material. Then, I unposted it while I checked on something, to try to make it more complete. I hadn’t gotten back to it, when the other shoe dropped: One of the copyright holders’ whose material was used in Expelled wrote a […]

professorial copyright wackiness

Friday, April 4th, 2008

This professor is claiming that a student note service violates his copyright on his lectures. (wired 4/4, link from Fred @ EFF on a mailing list) Student note services gather actual student notes of lectures, and sell them to students — who presumably missed a lecture, took bad notes themselves, or want to see another […]


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