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…]

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…]