Copyright Report, #11 – Cheerleading and copyright office reform

Only two real pieces of news, but they’re fairly major. On Monday, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands (PDF), determining that cheer uniforms are copyrightable – or at least, the designs incorporated within the uniform are, if they would qualify for protection if they were -not- part of the […]

Copyright Report, #10

This news update is almost all about educational copying, though that’s entirely coincidental! The Copyright Office has revamped their website – https://www.copyright.gov/. They have also launched a new blog, Copyright: Creativity at Work. “Great Minds v. Fedex” – a US court case pinning down some details about Creative Commons licenses There has been a lot […]

Copyright Report, #9

General copyright news/info The House Judiciary Committee has posted the comments it got in response to its policy proposal to “modernize the Copyright Office which was posted late last year. The letter I and quite a few of my higher-ed libraries copyright colleagues sent was not included in the public responses, but there are interesting […]

Copyright Report, #8

A bit rushed, but lots of content here! The Librarian of Congress is seeking public input on “expertise needed by the Register of Copyrights”. Comment submission deadline is January 31, 2017 The House Judiciary Committee released a concrete policy proposal for copyright reform, which includes suggestions for revising the structure of the Copyright Office (giving […]

Libraries are not anti-copyright. No, really.

I am a co-signatory on a letter sent today to the heads of the House and Senate Judiciary committees, who have expressed interest in updating/tinkering with current US copyright law. Among other suggestions, they are interested in removing the Copyright Office from the Library of Congress. This is a valid policy position, but many advocates […]

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