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Warning: You Are Forbidden to Buy E-Books!

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Eric Lurio

That's right, you are forbidden to buy e-books. You also cannot buy songs off the radio or apps for your mobile phone. You can go to Amazon or the App...

The Panda Appropriations -- Part Two: Ethics and Aesthetics

Cat Weaver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Cat Weaver

Derivative use ranges from the subtle (Cindy Sherman's "stills" echoing Hitchcock's movies) to deliberately heavy-handed (the near re-staging of Sherman's works by Alex Prager). So, what dictates proper use of someone's art?

Senator Threatens To Block Online Copyright Bill

PCWorld | Grant Gross, IDG News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

A U.S. senator has vowed to fight attempts to pass a controversial copyright protection bill that would allow the U.S. government to shut down website...

Banksy Print Of Disney's 'Jungle Book' For Greenpeace Poster Gets $120,000 At Auction | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

London, England (CNN) -- Baloo, Mowgli and King Louie of the Apes from Disney film "The Jungle Book" all feature in a print by anonymous graffiti arti...

The Panda Appropriations: When Your Property Is My Medium

Cat Weaver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Cat Weaver

It might seem like a good idea to surrender the ghostly essence of owned ideas. But when it comes down to the question of who's making money from whose efforts, we all chaff.

Has Music Piracy Killed the 'Recording Artist'?

Rick Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Rick Carnes

After hearing The Beatles again last month I was reminded of a time when the songs mattered more and great recorded sound was the focus.

eBooks: Who Owns Your Digital Downloads?

Fortune Tech | Scott Woolley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The holiday season is upon us, and with it thoughts of peace on earth, goodwill... and the latest electronic media. Visions of Kindles and Kinects da...

The Denver Post Should Come Clean on Its Campaign to Protect Itself

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

I'm glad the Post is trying to protect its content, because I don't buy the argument that newspapers are giving away their articles on their websites for free. Still, you have to wonder about the Righthaven approach.

Atlas Sound Wrests Control of the Bedroom Back From Sony Music

Jason Sigal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jason Sigal

Atlas Sound (the solo project of Deerhunter's Bradford Cox) just released four free volumes of Bedroom Databanks. In response, Sony Music sent a copyright takedown notice.

Cory Doctorow On Copyright | Cory Doctorow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In my world, copyright's purpose is to encourage the widest participation in culture that we can manage -- that is, it should be a system that encoura...

ASCAP and Music Unites' Night School Kick Off

Michelle Edgar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Michelle Edgar

The joint endeavor, created to provide support and accessibility to emerging musicians, kicked off Tuesday night at the Norwood Club with 'Music Publishing 101'.

Ask A Lawyer: Can a Celebrity Sue Me?

Jeff Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Rivera

Nothing's hotter than celebrity memoirs and unauthorized biographies. Some writers see it as their meal ticket but are celebrities fair game for those...

Food Magazine Editor Lifts Article, Tells Writer "You Should Compensate Me"

How Publishing Really Works | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In 2005 a writer called Monica Gaudio wrote a great article called A Tale Of Two Tarts, which discussed (among other things) apple pie's Americanism (...

Michael Moore, Like Obama, Is Also Guilty of Being too Soft

Max Keiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Keiser

Copyright abuse is the biggest threat we face. Locking up our ideas on corporate balance sheets and cutting us off from our intellectual and creative birth right is tantamount to performing a species wide lobotomy.

Boucher Defeat a Loss for Tech Policy World

Gigi Sohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Gigi Sohn

Whatever the final results of this election night, nothing will be more shocking or sad for Public Knowledge and me personally then the defeat of Rep....

China's E-Book Protectionism

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gary Shapiro

If China wants to be an international superpower it should act like one, or it will overplay its hand and see the free markets of the United States and other countries less welcoming of its products.

Ask GYST: Public Domain Images Get a Mark

Karen Atkinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Karen Atkinson

Even with creative commons searches for images, it is not always clear if those images are copyrighted. With this new mark, we will no longer be guessing.

The "Imbecile" and "Moron" Responds: On the Freedoms of Remix Creators

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

We need an anti-moron norm: If something sounds crazy, assume its not. Assume you've missed something, and check again. If after reading and trying to understand the issue and the person more, you still think its crazy, go slow.

Hollywood Strikes Back: Join 100,000 Others in Fight Against Internet Blacklist

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

Remember that Internet blacklist bill we told you about a few days ago? More than 100,000 people have already signed our petition against it and Hollywood is feeling the heat.

Is Ivi TV Really the Future of Streaming Television?

Dave Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Dave Taylor

Positioning themselves as David to the broadcasters' Goliath, Ivi TV has launched a streaming TV service built around their own player and clearly tapping network TV channels in New York City and Seattle.

Writer Sues Author Gerald Posner

New York Daily News | Scott Shifrel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

A Village Voice writer is suing disgraced author Gerald Posner, saying he stole chunks of his bestseller about a Staten Island thug turned Miami gangs...

Protecting A Business Idea: 5 Things You Need To Know

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Geoff Williams | Posted 08.04.2011 | Small Business

It happens to almost every aspiring entrepreneur. You have a brilliant idea for a groundbreaking business, an innovative product or a better-than-the-...

Cocktails As Intellectual Property: Should Bartenders Copyright Their Work?

The Atlantic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Last month, at Tales of the Cocktail, a week-long convention for the spirits industry in New Orleans, Eben Freeman, best known as the creator of smoke...

Slowed-Down Bieber: A Glacial Victory for Fair Use

Jason Sigal | Posted 04.16.2014 | Arts
Jason Sigal

Multiple major labels have lent their support to a hugely popular (and quite excellent) 800%-slower remix of Justin Beiber's song "U Smile." This, despite the fact that it is arguably a copyright infringement.

'Jersey Shore's' Snooki Can't Trademark Her Name: Why? Kid's Book Is In The Way | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The star of the hit MTV show, Jersey Shore is making headlines again -- but this time it is purely over her name. Snooki is seeking to obtain the trad...