Archive for the 'Copyright Law' Category

Free Culture, Copyright, and Aaron Swartz

Monday, January 18th, 2016

This week’s episode of On the Media has a long story about Aaron Swartz and his legacy. It winds its way through the Free Culture movement, copyright law, intellectual freedom and property (a bit), the case for and against Aaron, and lots of surrounding background. Based on Justin Peters’ book The Idealist, the story is […]

Berkman Offers Online Copyright Course via edX Platform

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society is offering a 12-week online copyright course to 500 selected students. Applications are available now through January 3. We’re excited to announce that Berkman Faculty Director Terry Fisher will be teaching a version of his Copyright course on the edX platform in the spring, beginning Jan. 28: https://www.edx.org/courses/HarvardX/HLS1x/2013_Spring/about. […]

Tonight: NEASIST Discussess the Fair Use of Database Content via US v. Swartz

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Tonight, 11/8, from 5:30 – 7 pm, the New England Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (NEASIST) discusses an upcoming case where someone made academic journal articles available to the public, US v. Swartz. Location: Champions Sports Bar, Marriott Hotel Kendall Square plaza (next to the Red Line) 50 Broadway, Cambridge, […]

A Petition to the LoC to Allow Owners to Modify their Devices

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

bunnie Huang, who got in a bit of a quagmire a few years back when hacking an Xbox while an MIT student, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (commonly known as the EFF) are coordinating a petition to the Library of Congress to attempt to change the part of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DCMA) that […]

Six Years after Grey Tuesday, the Quest for Openness Continues

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

When Lawrence Lessig kicked up a bit of the Grey Album’s Public Service Announcement during his talk at Harvard Law School about open video and copyright, it started a chat tangent with a friend about the Grey Album, which led me to realize yesterday marked the 6th anniversary of Grey Tuesday. Remember that? Sites put […]

Expanding Access to Books: Implications of the Google Books Settlement Agreement Boston Public Library July 21 6 pm

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

The Boston Public Library is holding a panel discussion on the Google Book Search Settlement called Expanding Access to Books: Implications of the Google Books Settlement Agreement on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 6 pm: Speakers: * Daniel Clancy, Engineering Director, Google Books * John Palfrey, Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and Vice […]

Google Books Search Settlement Open Workshop: Alternative Approaches to Open Digital Libraries July 31 Harvard Law School

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

The Berkman Center is also holding a workshop called “Google Books Search Settlement Open Workshop: Alternative Approaches to Open Digital Libraries” on Friday July 31, 2009 at the Harvard Law School: “The proposed Google Book Search settlement creates the opportunity for unprecedented access by the public, scholars, libraries and others to a digital library containing […]

Lawsuit to Decide Fair Use of Links on News Sites

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

It’s the lawsuit for which some members of the copyright law world have been waiting: how much text in links on news sites is too much? GateHouse Media, Inc., is suing The New York Times Co. to find out. Since many news sites, including aggregators like Yahoo! and Google News, link to news stories on […]

Tuesday’s (12/9) Berkman Lunch about Copyright for Librarians Classes

Friday, December 5th, 2008

From Berkman’s event email: “12/09, 12:30 PM ET, Berkman Center Conference Room RSVP is required by noon on Monday, 12/08 (rsvp at cyber.law.harvard.edu). Topic: Developing A Self-Learning Distance Program on Copyright for Librarians Guest: Berkman Fellow Melanie Dulong de Rosnay Copyright for Librarians  http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/copyrightfo…) is a project developed at the Berkman Center in partnership with eIFL.net (Electronic […]

YouTube Video of Prince Performing Radiohead’s Creep Censored Because of Copyright

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

At the Coachella music festival in April, Prince performed Radiohead’s song Creep. As fans often do, many posted videos of the performance to the video site YouTube. Because of the copyright issue of Prince performing Radiohead’s song without the appropriate legal rights, Prince’s record label censored the videos on YouTube. Radiohead hasn’t even been able […]

Jonathan Zittrain: The Future of the Internet & How to Stop It

Friday, April 18th, 2008

With a title like that, I can only think what Jonathan Zittrain wrote in his book must be grim because otherwise, we wouldn’t want to stop it. One of the first things Zittrain said after taking the mic is that he used to title things poorly. I think that was in reference to something else, […]

Lawrence Lessig Speaks in Ames Courtroom at Harvard, 4/4, 5 p

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Gah. Here’s yet another talk I’ve known about for a while, meant to blog earlier, and forgot to do it. My apologies. I’m not doing so well this year, am I? Lawrence Lessig speaks in the Ames Courtroom in Austin Hall at Harvard Law School on Friday, April 4, at 5 pm. It will be […]

Is Copyright Dead?

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

“Copyright is a very big issue in the legal world today, but in the business world, when you talk to consumers about protecting copyrights, it’s a dead issue. It’s gone. If you have a business model based on copyright, forget it,” opined Gerry Faulhaber, a Wharton School of Business professor at the University of Pennsylvania […]

Popular Web 2.0 Video Altered Because of Copyright Claim

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Finding this note on Wendy Seltzer’s weblog about a video about a Web 2.0 bubble getting removed from YouTube because of a copyright claim is like a one-two punch for the scratchpad. Someone showed me the video at work a while ago and I’ve been meaning to share it with you. (Google, Ask, nor I […]

Law of the Blog: a Blogger’s guide to copyright, defamation, tradmark…

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Nicholas Carroll has published a book called Law of the Blog: a blogger’s guide to copyright, defamation, trademarks and other online legal issues: http://www.law-of-the-blog.com/index.html Link via What I Learned Today: http://www.web2learning.net/ Posted by Rich

David Weinberger on Copyright, 11/14, 6:30 p

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

David Weinberger facilitates the next Web of Ideas discussion on Wednesday, November 14, at 6:30 pm* at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 23 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA. It’s about how to rebuild copyright for the digital age. “‘Designing Copyright from the Ground Up’: Suppose we had the chance to […]

Computers + Public Domain Material = Reduced Load for Students

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

With a combination of the Internet and public domain material, some students have less to carry to class. Yay to fewer back problems!

Music Industry Toleration of MP3 Blogs

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition has an update on the tension between the music industry and certain music fan weblogs. Some record labels tolerate group music fan sites. A blogger at one of the sites recently received a threat of legal action against a special MP3 he posted from a company some labels use to […]

Site Pulled for Posting Copyrighted Photos

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Here’s another real example of why everyone should use caution when posting material without proper attribution and/or permission. According to CNN, the celebrity gossip site PerezHilton.com is the target of several lawsuits by various companies who found their images of celebrities posted without permission on the site. At least one company complained to the site’s […]

Buying Music Because I Heard It on the Internet First

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Y’all are probably familiar with the debates between the record companies, people who distribute music on the Internet, artists who, um, borrow melodies and pieces from other artists (sometimes called sampling), copyright law, and a bunch of other related issues. Here’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it. I (finally) bought a copy of Jay-Z’s […]

Viacom Sues YouTube Over Copyright Violations

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Several articles report the lawsuit Viacom, which owns many cable television stations, brought against YouTube, an online site where people can post and watch videos—many of which are posted by contributors who want to freely share their work. This case could have ramifacations for many other Web sites where users can post a variety of […]

New copyright tool scans web for violations

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Monday’s Wall Street Journal reports that there’s new company will begin testing a system to scan the billions of pages on the Web for clients’ audio, video, images and text, potentially making it easier for owners to request that Web sites take content down or provide payment for its use.  http://tinyurl.com/yc9zm6

96 Newspapers Switch to Creative Commons Licenses

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Over on PressThink, the weblog of New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen, Lisa Williams, whom I know through blog group, shares some really exciting news: 96 news sites owned by GateHouse Media are now sharing content via Creative Commons licenses. Not only is this news really exciting for copyright law, but it should have […]

Thoughts on YouTube and Copyright Law

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

The ResourceShelf shares some thoughts on copyright and YouTube. What is the role of sites like these that post community media in informing their users about copyright law? How can they prevent violators from posting non-compliant material?

iPod Owners Use of iTunes

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

"Digital music purchasing has not yet fundamentally changed the way in which digital music customers buy music." From Slashdot to the BBC to Jupiter Research, I traced a trail of information to learn about a report saying iPod owners are more likely to get their music from CDs–either CDs they already own or CDs they […]

News Libraries and the DMCA

Monday, July 17th, 2006

Today on Newslib, an international discussion list for news librarians, Victoria McCargar let us know a document she and Peter Johnson drafted regarding the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and news libraries is now available online as a .pdf.

The Importance of Protecting a Brand

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Just last night, some friends and I were talking about how it’s acceptable to use Kleenex to mean tissues in a generic sense, but using an L-word to refer to an e-mail discussion list often results in a cease-and-desist letter or a similar action from that company because they want to protect their trademark. This […]

Federal Judge Sides with Google in Copyright Case

Monday, March 20th, 2006

beSpacific includes this Wall Street Journal article about a ruling in a copyright case against Google last week. A federal judge decided Google’s activities related to Snodgrass Publishing Group do not violate any copyright laws. The article, which is available for free, summarizes a few other recent cases concerning Google and copyright.

Cory Doctorow on DRM, Video Technology

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

It seems a little odd to me to simply file my notes of Cory Doctorow’s talks in the Copyright Law department, but that’s really the best fit for his words, which spanned digital rights management (DRM), new technologies, and the music industry. One of the reasons I appreciate going to two of his talks is […]

Download This Song

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

I heard MC Lars’ Download This Song on the radio and liked it a lot, so I did. It’s kind of an “in your face” piece about copyright law, music, downloading, and the recording industry. Not to mention that he samples Iggy Pop’s The Passenger, too. Chances are pretty good MC Lars might have been […]

Copyright Law as a Searchable Ebook

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

beSpacific mentions a searchable version of the U.S. Copyright Law as an ebook. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other laws are also available.

Copyright Law and the Arts, 6-8 pm, 7/14, Somerville Public Library

Monday, July 11th, 2005

Whoops! My speech recognition software is posting to my weblog without my permission! And while I’m at work, too! Silly microphone! We’re supposed to be working on that database~ Addendum: So, uh, what I meant to say before my speech recognition software decided to blog without me is: This weekend is ArtBeat in Somerville, Massachusetts–a […]

CC Mixter

Friday, June 24th, 2005

This fun site promotes community music sharing. A project of Creative Commons, it gives people a way to share their music.

Eli on the Tasini Settlement

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

Another article from The Boston Globe

The ALA Requests Feedback Regarding Orphaned Copyrighted Works

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

The American Library Association Washington Office is asking for feedback regarding orphaned works and their status under copyright law. "The library community will be filing comments with the U.S. Copyright Office in support of a proposal to change copyright law to address issues surrounding orphan works. Orphan works are those copyrighted works whose owners are […]

ALA Campaigns against the FCC’s Broadcast Flag Rule

Sunday, March 20th, 2005

Jenny Levine has information about American Library Association efforts against the Federal Communication Commission’s Broadcast Flag rule. A broadcast flag is a code used in digital television signals intended to prevent the further distribution of the show over the Internet. Librarians are concerned the rule could interfere with protections in the TEACH Act educators and […]

Eli on the Latest National Geographic Copyright Case Decision

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

Trademark Issues in Software

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

Here’s an item on Slashdot exploring the proper use of a trademarked name in a free distribution of software. Jamesday summarizes some of the issues in a comment. Whoops. Meant to blog this earlier. Is there anything else I need to blog tonight or can I go to sleep?

Publishers: Will Google’s Digitization Initiative Follow Copyright Law?

Saturday, February 5th, 2005

A number of scholarly publishers are concerned that Google’s plan to digitize library collections won’t work with copyright law. The journal Nature has more details. From Library Link of the Day

Comment to Copyright Office on Orphaned Copyrighted Works

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

It seems like I was explaining to someone the challenges of clearing copyright for orphaned works not too long ago. According to Sabrina on beSpacific, the Copyright Office hopes people will comment to them about it. Addendum: A geeky reader observed that orphaned copyright works are very similar to abandonware in the computer industry. I’m […]

Jay-Z’s Encore and Linkin Park’s Numb

Sunday, December 26th, 2004

On the radio, I heard a version of Jay-Z’s Encore from The Black Album mixed with Linkin Park’s Numb. Since it seems to be a joint venture, it probably lacks the copyright issues The Grey Album has. In the CD store today, I found a CD mixing Jay-Z and Linkin Park’s work. I almost bought […]

NEASIST Copyright Program

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004

I have a ‘net connection for the time being, so I might try to blog live notes for this NEASIST program about copyright law in the digital environment. Jonathan Zittrain gave a very humorous presentation. Wendy Seltzer talked about the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s activities and recent copyright developments. Siva Vaidhyanathan of New York University broached […]

Debunking Copyright Myths for Bloggers

Tuesday, December 14th, 2004

 LLRX.com features a succinct article for bloggers exploring eight common myths of copyright law. Many people working online have these beliefs, too. I’m spending Wednesday at Freedom vs. Control: Rights Management in the Digital Age. I’ll be surprised if I can get online, but if I can, I might blog live notes.

Enablers may be Liable for Copyright Infringement

Wednesday, December 8th, 2004

Beneath a pile of stuff on my desk, I found the October 2004 issue of Information Today open to “Who’s Responsible for Copyright Infringement?” George Pike outlines why agencies that enable people to abuse copyright law might be liable for copyright infringement, even if they discourage people from using their services and products for illegal […]

Pew Surveys Musicians about the Internet & P2P Sharing (.pdf)

Monday, December 6th, 2004

A Pew Internet & American Life Project survey of almost 3,000 musicians finds many use the Internet as an important tool, think unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing should be illegal, and don’t feel online file sharing threatens their work in a major way. another from beSpacific

Internet Archive Loses Copyright Challenge

Wednesday, December 1st, 2004

United States District Judge Maxine Chesney sided with John Ashcroft’s motion to dismiss Brewster Kahle v. John Ashcroft. The plaintiffs challenged the constitutionality of several federal copyright laws, thinking one “violate[s] the First Amendment of the United States Constitution by imposing substantial burdens on speech without advancing any legitimate government interest” and giving more reasons […]

Using Copyrighted Song Lyrics

Monday, November 29th, 2004

I read this Accordion Guy post about copyright issues related to reprinting song lyrics when it whizzed past me last week and am just now writing something about it. I quote song lyrics fairly frequently in my tagline here and on another blog. Some of my blogging colleauges do, also. I always thought what I […]

Google Sued for Failing to Remove Photos from Search Results

Saturday, November 20th, 2004

Perfect 10, an Internet pornography company, is suing Google for failing to remove images from its search results. The company claims Google provides free access to images for which it would otherwise charge money. This Los Angeles Times article makes it sound like Google isn’t making Perfect 10’s content available directly, but is including search […]

Copyright Law, International Borders, and the Internet

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

This New York Times article explores international differences in copyright law and how Internet access to materials in different countries poses challenges to United States copyright law. Jessamyn writes about this article, too.

© Primer

Monday, November 1st, 2004

I saw a link to this copyright Web site from the University of Maryland University College on a discussion list. It’s rather odd. I expected just another typical Web site with FAQs and all sorts of copyright resources. It’s very graphical and uses Flash to present questions and answers. It requires an e-mail address. If […]

Intellectual Property and Copyright Blogs

Tuesday, October 19th, 2004

The October 2004 Law Technology News features a long list of blogs about copyright and intellectual property law, including Harvard’s Derek Slater and his blog A Copyfighter’s Musings. Law Technology News requires logging in or free registration before viewing their articles.

Factors Influencing Someone to Buy or Pirate Media

Tuesday, September 14th, 2004

I know from talking to Josh that he has some interesting thoughts on copyright law. I haven’t read this first-in-a-series-of-three post yet, but I think some of you who are interested in copyright law might want to read it. He ” … begin[s] by examining what factors influence a person’s decision to either buy or […]

"Technologies don’t infringe copyright; people do."

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004

John Palfrey, executive director of Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, makes some excellent points about copyright law’s application to the digital age in this Boston Globe editorial. "Rather than fight the emerging technologies, we’d be better served to find new ways to embrace them." "We should figure out how to offer […]

Finding Blogs by License Type

Sunday, August 8th, 2004

sj is looking for blogs with particular kinds of licenses and wonders if there’s an easy way to do it. If license types were included as a tag in the feed, perhaps a search mechanism, like Google, Technorati, or Feedster, could help someone find blogs with certains kinds of licenses. Distributing licensing rights with the […]

Quest for Answers About a Removed Article

Wednesday, May 12th, 2004

This recent Library Journal article traces one person’s quest to learn why a 1998 Time magazine article that did not make the current President Bush’s invasion of Iraq look good disappeared from some archives and Time’s Web site. The removed article explains that the other President Bush chose not to invade Iraq because of how […]

Why Use Digital Rights Management If It Doesn’t Work

Friday, May 7th, 2004

Some bloggers are having an interesting discussion about digital rights management and why it doesn’t work–at least not now. from Josh’s Inspiration and Humor [j Baumgart: I’m doing this post as a demo for someone who’s going to guest blog for me in a few days.]

News Site Violates Copyright Law

Wednesday, May 5th, 2004

A colleague sent some information about Liberty Post to a discussion group. The site reposts news articles from many different news sources presumably without proper permission. If you work for a content creator, you might want to dig through their archives looking for your material. It looks like they’re pulling content from quite a few […]

More on Downloading Not Affecting CD Sales

Thursday, April 15th, 2004

from the Harvard University Gazette: Beth Potier’s article covers Harvard Business School professor Felix Oberholzer-Gee and University of North Carolina economist Koleman Strumpf’s research in detail. “… the study found that for the most popular albums – the top 25 percent that had more than 600,000 sales – file sharing actually boosts sales. For every […]

Research Indicates Other Factors Hurt Music Sales, Not Piracy

Sunday, April 11th, 2004

According to this Newsday column, after studying 1.75 million downloads, professors of economics and business estimate the music industry only loses one sale for every 5,000 downloads and other factors, like the poor economy, may account for declining music sales.

Six Academic Publishers and NetPacks Settle Over Illegal Electronic Distribution

Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

A Texas copy shop owner created and distributed digital course packs without proper copyright clearance to University of Texas at Austin students. Six academic publishers sued him in January. The parties recently settled out of court. The action could be the first dealing with electronic distribution of unauthorized course packs. from The Chronicle of Higher […]

Article about University Campuses and Internet Piracy

Thursday, March 11th, 2004

The March 11 issue of Black Issues in Higher Education discusses the state of Internet piracy on university campuses by focusing on initiatives by the administration to curb illegal downloading by students. It examines why some downloading services, like Napster, want to partner with universities. A sidebar based on several surveys by the Pew Internet […]

The Beatles Just Don’t Sound the Same without a Hip-Hop Beat and Lyrics

Sunday, March 7th, 2004

National Public Radio aired a WHYY piece recently about The Grey Album, which is, according to DJ Danger Mouse’s Web site, “… an art project/experiment that uses the full vocal content of Jay-Z’s Black Album recorded over new beats and production made using the Beatles White Album as the sole source material.” The label owning […]

Respect Copyrights

Sunday, February 1st, 2004

Members of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) created this Web site to educate people about the negative effects of illegally downloading movies and violating copyright law. It includes an introduction to copyright law, reasons why illegal downloading is bad, and the primer “What’s the Diff? A Guide to Digital Citizenship for Volunteers […]

Two Important Court Decisions Today

Friday, December 19th, 2003

News outlets are reporting that the Dutch Supreme Court ruled today that Kazaa cannot be held liable for copyright infringement for files swapped using its software. Read Reuters and/or the Associated Press The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decided that since Verizon is only “a conduit for communications,” it […]

Diebold Stops Litigation

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003

The voting-machine company Diebold has stopped its efforts to use the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to block students from posting internal company memos about flaws in their machines to the Web. Diebold sent cease-and-desist letters to many of the offenders and/or their educational institutions, including Harvard University. Two Swarthmore College students and the Online […]

The Teach Act and Distance Ed

Thursday, November 6th, 2003

The November/December journal Change includes the article “Copyright and Distance Education: Making Sense of the Teach Act” by copyright law expert Kenneth D. Crews of the Copyright Management Center at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, where I found information about this article since I couldn’t find it online, […]

Librarian of Congress Announces Exemptions to the DMCA’s Prohibition Against Circumvention

Friday, October 31st, 2003

“The Librarian of Congress, on the recommendation of the Register of Copyrights, announced the classes of works subject to the exemption from the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works.” The prohibition against circumvention is part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Spotted on the Rowland Institute Library Blog. Addendum […]

Diebold Uses DMCA to Force Students to Remove Memos

Thursday, October 30th, 2003

We talked about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act after last week’s blog group. Here’s a copyright infringement case where Diebold, a company that makes voting machines, is using the DMCA to get students who have posted company memos on their Web sites to remove them. Diebold claims that the students are infringing their copyright by […]

How Are We Supposed to Build a Better Product If We Can’t Criticize What’s Already in Existence?

Monday, October 13th, 2003

Thank you, Digital Millenium Copyright Act. (The DMCA severely restricts what kind of research people can do on digital products, like computer programs, and what they can publish or release about their findings.)

New Bill Proposes Change to Identifying Digital Copyright Infringers

Thursday, September 18th, 2003

From today’s subscriber-restricted Chronicle of Higher Education: “Senators said at a hearing on Wednesday that the recording industry has too much leeway in obtaining private information about Internet users when trying to catch people who are illegally downloading music.” A Kansas Republican senator has filed bill S 1621 that would change a portion of the […]

RIAA Files 261 Lawsuits

Monday, September 8th, 2003

The Recording Industry Association of America has filed 261 lawsuits against copyright violators.

More Efforts from Colleges to Change Music Piracy

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2003

Colleges and universities may start testing different technologies to allow their students to download music within the bounds of copyright law.

Colleges Educate Students About the Legalities of File Swapping

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2003

As students return to campus this fall, colleges and universities are taking steps to educate them about the legal status of file swapping and copyright infringement. Some institutions are doing this as a response to actions taken by the Recording Industry Association of America.

RIAA Lawsuits to Begin in September

Friday, August 29th, 2003

According to an article in the subscribers-only Chronicle of Higher Education, the Recording Industry Association of America will begin its lawsuits against thousands of accused online music copyright violators in September. Aside: I wonder how the cost of the lawsuits will balance with the estimated lost revenue from copyright violations.

Recording Industry Will Only Prosecute Substantial Offenders

Thursday, August 21st, 2003

“… [I]ndustry officials say the campaign will help scare students away from copying songs when they see classmates who have downloaded significant numbers of tracks getting slapped with lawsuits.” They do not define how many songs is a “significant” number. A letter to Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman explains the tactic. (Note: I haven’t been able […]

File Sharing a Felony?

Monday, August 18th, 2003

There seems to be a movement afoot to make file sharing a felony. That means five years in prison and a lost right to vote, among other punishments, for swapping one file digitally. Vote now, while you still can.

RIAA Subpoenas Halted

Monday, August 11th, 2003

Don’t get your hopes up: the halting of the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) subpoenas to learn the identity of many file swappers is just a procedural move. The RIAA will get different subpoenas process correctly next time. But for now, Internet service providers and some universities can take a deep breath.

Copyrighted Code Used Without Permission in Linux

Friday, July 25th, 2003

Here’s a copyright violation I learned about at last night’s blog meeting. It isn’t everyday that I hear about copyrighted computer code being used without permission.

More on the Public Domain

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2003

Create like it’s 1790 align=”left” border=0> A first-timer at Thursday’s blog group sent me some interesting links about a group of people who are trying to increase the amount of material going into the public domain. The Eric Eldred Act Web site (which includes a blog about copyright law) came about as part of Eldred […]

Copyrights and the Internet

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2003

The radio show Here and Now did a piece today about copyright, the public domain, and the Internet, beginning with a discussion about the song “Happy Birthday,” which under current copyright legislation will not be in the public domain until 2030, and ending with a discussion of Creative Commons, a way people can opt to […]

Boston College and MIT Battle the Music Industry

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2003

From today’s Boston Globe: “Boston College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, citing concerns about student privacy, moved yesterday to quash subpoenas issued by the recording industry to discover the identities of students the industry says are illegally distributing copyrighted music.” The hunt for student violators at several other universities and colleges is discussed in […]

Is Capturing Web Pages Electronically Similar to Microfilming?

Sunday, July 13th, 2003

When Eli commented on my post about archiving Web pages, she (You’re the Eli I think you are, right? If you’re not, let me know and I’ll correct your gender.) brought up the idea that capturing Web pages is like microfilming an original publication in its entirety, a practice publications, like newspapers, do to create […]

College copy shop sued for copyright infringement

Thursday, July 10th, 2003

HarperCollins Publishers, Pearson Education, Princeton University Press, Sage Publications, and John Wiley & Sons are suing Collegiate Copies of Bloomington, Indiana, for not securing copyright permission before making course packs. The Copyright Clearance Center is coordinating the lawsuit. In related news, the Copyright Clearance Center just settled a similar lawsuit in Florida. I guess Collegiate […]

“When is it acceptable to copy someone else’s Web page, even temporarily?”

Thursday, July 10th, 2003

One of my readers brought this article about Google’s cache to my attention. The article explores many of the issues surrounding the search engine’s copies of Web pages it allows users to view. One of the issues I hadn’t considered before is how errors and inaccuracies in news reporting might be perpetuated by cached Web […]