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We Don't Need Six Strikes

John Tarnoff | Posted 05.07.2013 | Technology
John Tarnoff

Last month, audiovisual content rights holders announced the new Copyright Alert System, a.k.a. "Six Strikes" that they and ISPs have put in place to discourage peer-to-peer file sharing of copyrighted files. Good luck!

On Empowering Artists

Sandra Aistars | Posted 02.28.2013 | Technology
Sandra Aistars

Copyright is about freedom. It is core to protecting freedom of expression. But it also gives authors the freedom to thrive. Copyright is a unique form of property because, unlike inherited wealth, it springs from an artist's own imagination, hard work and talent.

3-D Printing Can Turbocharge Mashup Culture

Michael Weinberg | Posted 03.31.2013 | Technology
Michael Weinberg

When you step away from your computer screen and look around, you realize that the physical world -- the real world -- is full of real, physical things that are not protected by copyright.

Latest WTO Lunacy: Poker and Piracy Together at Last

Lori Wallach | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
Lori Wallach

On Monday the World Trade Organization (WTO) officially authorized Caribbean nation Antigua to sell $21 million in "pirated" U.S.-copyrighted music, films and computer programs in retaliation for the United States failing to comply with a 2005 WTO order to allow online gambling here. Say what?

Aaron Swartz, Financial Fraud and the Justice Department

Dean Baker | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

The Justice Department apparently wanted to send a message with its decision to prosecute Swartz while ignoring the financial fraud that fueled the housing bubble. It certainly did.

Superman's Latest Battle... In Court

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 01.11.2013 | Entertainment

SAN FRANCISCO -- Superman belongs to Warner Bros., according to the latest legal victory granting the film and television studio complete commercial c...

Zaha Hadid: Star-chitect Buildings Copied in China

designboom | Posted 03.01.2013 | Arts

'Galaxy SOHO' by Zaha Hadid Image © Designboom     In an age in which starchitect buildings have become the norm, how important should artistic au...

Legal Issues in Self-Publishing: What Authors Need to Know

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.23.2013 | Books
Bernard Starr

Self-publishing continues its exponential growth. More and more authors are choosing this route for presenting their work to the public. But there is one domain that self-published authors rarely think about: legal issues.

The New Pathway of Journalism, Thanks to Google

Kal Raustiala | Posted 01.27.2013 | Technology
Kal Raustiala

The proposal to create a new form of copyright in links raises two important questions. Will such a rule actually benefit newspapers? And will it ultimately benefit us -- the readers of the news?

An Illustrative Hoax

Chris Dodd | Posted 11.27.2012 | Technology
Chris Dodd

At a time when personal and artistic content is just a click away, copyright protection is more important than ever.

Surviving Thanksgiving With Lester Burnham

William Buckley Jr. | Posted 01.21.2013 | Entertainment
William Buckley Jr.

I remember when my seventeen year marriage ended. My life was a total wreck. And to be honest, if it wasn't for a movie, I don't know if I would have made it. The movie that saved my life was American Beauty.

China Blames The Media For Its Piracy Problems

Reuters | Ben Blanchard | Posted 01.10.2013 | Technology

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top official in charge of fighting copyright piracy on Sunday slammed what he said was del...

A Common Sense Approach to Internet Radio Royalties

Gregory Alan Barnes | Posted 01.07.2013 | Media
Gregory Alan Barnes

Space on traditional radio is limited. Internet radio changes this equation by offering working-class musicians exposure and earnings potential -- provided the system is fair.

You Bought That Book, But Is It Yours?

Joshua Shulman | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Joshua Shulman

If the Court decided that a publisher can prevent you from selling (or, presumably, loaning) a book that you bought in another country, which is a very real possibility, I'm not sure what would stop Wiley & Sons from moving all their publishing operations overseas and then stopping all resales of their books.

Pirate Bay Becomes 'Raid-Proof'

The Huffington Post | Mark Hanrahan | Posted 10.17.2012 | Technology

The Pirate Bay, the world's most-visited torrent website, has migrated its operations from physical servers to "the cloud" in a bid to avoid police ra...

Alice Hines

Target Stole Our Shoe Design, Says Minnetonka Moccasins | Alice Hines | Posted 09.29.2012 | Business

Minnetonka Moccasins is accusing Target of knocking off its signature shoes. On Tuesday, the Minneapolis-based company whose earthy moccasins have...

Megaupload Founder Teases Big New Plans

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 09.27.2012 | Technology

In these wild days of internet piracy run rampant, sometimes even governments can't stop the buccaneers. A case in point is beleaguered web baron Kim ...

We Interrupt This Blog Post With a Copyright Alert

John Pavley | Posted 11.16.2012 | Technology
John Pavley

During the Hugo Awards ceremony science fiction fans are celebrated, remembered, and rewarded along with the authors. Could you imagine Hollywood celebrating its fans by name and in person, along side the stars at the Oscars? Maybe people would start tuning in again.

Must You Pay to Use Photos of Public Domain Artworks? No, Says a Legal Expert

Bernard Starr | Posted 11.12.2012 | Books
Bernard Starr

Although exact reproductions of paintings are in the public domain, museums charge hefty licensing fees to use photos of these works. To pay licensing fees can be prohibitive, and may even result in authors deciding not to use images.

Joe Satran

The Most Hollywood-Friendly President Ever? | Joe Satran | Posted 09.10.2012 | Entertainment

On Aug. 28, the Republican Party announced it had included language about Internet freedom and intellectual property protection in its 2012 platform, ...

One Easy Way to Fight Big Money Politics

Sherwin Siy | Posted 11.06.2012 | Technology
Sherwin Siy

2012-08-28-scblog2.png I'm constantly reminded that the issues I work on -- copyright and telecommunications -- aren't often on the front page. But over the past year, the groundswell of passionate citizens has become more vocal on these issues.

Are Politicians Pointing to the Wrong Chinese Patent Problem?

James Love | Posted 09.02.2012 | Business
James Love

The GOP platform mentions China 15 times, including these passages: Our serious trade disputes, especially China's failure to enforce international ...

'Baseless And Absurd'

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.13.2012 | Entertainment

Elton John has fired back after being sued over copyright infringement, saying that the accusations against him are not only "baseless and absurd" but...

Big Win For Video-Sharing Sites

Reuters | Posted 10.02.2012 | Technology

(Reuters) - A video-sharing website that allows users to post links to copyrighted videos hosted on third-party sites is not infringing copyright laws...

Koch-Backed Candidate's Un-'Happy Meal'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

An Americans for Prosperity-backed candidate for the Kansas state Senate is being accused of violating McDonald's copyright over use of the term "Happ...