Kindle Owners of the World, Unite!

Roy Blount Jr., writer and president of the Author’s Guild, has a jeremiad in the New York Times about Amazon’s Kindle, and its ability to read books aloud. Blount thinks that is a violation of authors’ rights. After giving some thought to his argument, I can only conclude that Blount should stick to sports, because […]

Forum on Australia’s Internet Censorship

Next Wednesday, the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre at the University of New South Wales will hold a workshop on Internet filtering and censorship in Australia. It’s got a terrific panel of experts from AusCERT, Brilliant Digital, Inspire, and the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre (among others), and also me. So, if you’re going […]

Broad TOS and Broad Anxiety

Two epilogues to this week’s media boomlet about the Facebook terms of service. (To review: Facebook quietly changed its terms to remove a provision that used to say all Facebook’s rights to your content terminated if you deleted your account. The Consumerist Blog pointed it out under the headline “Facebook’s New Terms Of Service: ‘We […]

Facebook Retreats … Again

I blogged yesterday about the controversy surrounding Facebook’s new terms of service. This morning when I logged in to Facebook (I should note that I use it just about every day), there was a big banner message announcing that the company was returning to its old terms of service, pending their total redrafting. And the […]

“Fair Circumvention” Published

Hot on the heels of Bill’s new trademark piece, I’m happy to announce that my new article on the DMCA, which has been available in electronic form for quite a while, is now available in ink-and-pulp format as well, 74 Brook. L. Rev. 1 (2008). As of this writing, it hasn’t yet been posted on […]

NPR Interview on New Facebook TOS

Over the weekend the Consumerist blog started a bit of a cyberstorm when it pointed out that recent revisions to the Facebook terms of service removed a provision that used to say all Facebook’s rights to your content terminated if you deleted your account. I was interviewed about it today on NPR’s All Things Considered, […]

Margolick on AutoAdmit

Former New York Times and Vanity Fair journalist David Margolick has a long and detailed article about the litigation against the AutoAdmit message board by two Yale Law School students who were targeted for harassment by the commenters there. (h/t Brian Leiter.) My views on this topic have changed somewhat as I have learned more […]

Copyright Filtering in the Stimulus Bill?

[UPDATE: The agreement on the stimulus bill excludes the copyright filtering language. The proposal is not, of course, dead. So a letter to your representatives is still worthwhile, although now less urgent.] Through the good work of advocacy groups like Public Knowledge, efforts to add legal approval of copyright filtering to the economic stimulus bill […]

Obama Poster Causes Copyright Flapdoodle

There isn’t much reason to add to the excellent and engaging — but lengthy — debate on other blogs about a possible copyright infringement claim against the designer of a very popular poster of President Obama, which is based on a photo taken by an AP photographer. So I refer you to: Madisonian; Concurring Opinions; […]

Slipping DVD Sales and Oversimplifying Complex Phenomena

The movie studios sold fewer DVDs in 2008 than 2007 (which was itself a down year from the all-time sales peak of 2006). Why? Was it because of: The deepening recession in the United States throughout 2008, which caused consumers to cut back on discretionary spending on entertainment, as further confirmed by the decline in […]