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…]

Copyright Report, Vol. 5

Googacle (Oracle America, Inc. v. Google, Inc.) This long-running case has previously touched on issues of copyrightability of APIs, on 5/25, a jury found that Google’s use of them was fair use. Google Wins Trial Against Oracle, Saves $9 Billion | Motherboard Sarah Jeong piece on the verdict Why the Very Silly Oracle v. Google … [Read more…]

Copyright Report, vol. 4

Georgia State University (Cambridge University Press et al v. Patton/Becker) April 01, 2016 – not an April Fool’s prank: District Court issued remand opinion in Georgia State case; down to 4 infringing uses; GSU held to be prevailing party. GSU Prevails (Again) in Key Copyright Case Publisher’s Weekly reporting on the Georgia State appeals decision. … [Read more…]