Copyright facts & copyright opinions

Some thoughts after recent conversations related to RightsStatements.org, and also some interactions with students in the online class I’ve been teaching. I may be wrong about some of these statements, and welcome suggestions about where I am wrong in the comments, or on Twitter. The existence of a copyright is a legal fact. Sometimes it … [Read more…]

Copyright Report, #7

Picking up where I left off several months ago, some recent news on the copyright and academic-IP fronts… General copyright news/info Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante has left the U.S. Copyright Office after being reassigned to other duties. The circumstances of these personnel changes have sparked quite a lot of speculation as to who is … [Read more…]

Owning your own work, and letting others share it!

Saw this tweet yesterday, and was intrigued. Click to access on Twitter To unpack from Twitter’s 140-character limit, author Martin Paul Eve is saying that the publisher Taylor & Francis (“T&F”) has requested that one of his articles, originally published in the Journal of Victorian Studies (“@JofVictCulture”), be removed from some online site. In particular, … [Read more…]

Copyright Report, Vol. 6 – lots of music action

General copyright news/info Madonna Gets Victory Over ‘Vogue’ Sample at Appeals Court | Billboard Court affirms sampling may count as de minimis, which may lay grounds for larger fair use. Does not follow Bridgeport music CBS Beats Lawsuit Over Pre-1972 Songs With Bold Copyright Argument – Hollywood Reporter So, this is fairly spectacularly ridiculous legal … [Read more…]