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Court Files: Coal CEO Robert Murray Unearths Lease from Aubrey McClendon's New Fracking Company

Steve Horn | Posted 10.16.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogDeSmogBlog has obtained a copy of a sample hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") lease distributed to Ohio landowners by embat...

Unconstitutionally Long Copyright Terms Stifle Content Creation, Just Ask Disney

Derek Khanna | Posted 07.06.2014 | Media
Derek Khanna

As the House Judiciary Committee is considering major copyright reforms to provide for the next Great Copyright Act, they must include copyright terms more consistent with the original public meaning of the Copyright Clause.

Garcia v. Google: Hard Cases Make Bad Law

Schuyler M. Moore | Posted 05.05.2014 | Entertainment
Schuyler M. Moore

The truth, for good or ill, is that judges rule with their hearts, and then they add a bunch of words to rationalize what they have done. The problem is that those bunch of words are often senseless and more often come back to cause contortions in later decisions.

Bloggers Beware: Think Before You Post Images Online

Nancy Wurtzel | Posted 04.21.2014 | Fifty
Nancy Wurtzel

The image I chose for my post was a beautiful Tree of Life creation, which fit perfectly with the subject matter of my post. At the time, I remember hesitating for just a moment. Was it an image I had purchased from a service? Had I found it in Creative Commons? Was it OK to use?

The Law Must Be Free and Accessible to All -- Not Secret and Profitable

Ralph Nader | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

If the law is to be understood and obeyed, it must be public information. How can we follow the law if we don't know what it is? This is the astonishingly unfortunate reality for a large number of our nation's laws.

We Need to Start Seeing Other Futures...

James Boyle | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
James Boyle

Copyright Week is a week devoted to our relationship with our own culture. Hint: things aren't going well.

U.S. Wireless Carriers Agree To Make Unlocking Your Phone Easier

Reuters | Posted 12.13.2013 | Technology

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Major U.S. wireless carriers on Thursday pledged to make it easier for consumers to "unlock" their mobile p...

Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn't Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 2: Update the Compulsory License for Songwriters

Chris Castle | Posted 08.05.2013 | Entertainment
Chris Castle

Abandoning the government mandated compulsory license would free songwriters to participate in the market for reproductions of their songs, and would be a great step forward.

Poisoning the Treaty for the Blind

Jim Fruchterman | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
Jim Fruchterman

In the MPAA's "balanced" world, a system that works well in the United States -- and helps hundreds of thousands of people -- should be advocated against by our trade delegation? Huh?

Crack Down On 'Belgian Chocolate'

Reuters | Posted 05.27.2013 | Business

By Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian chocolate makers believe their renowned pralines should have similar protection to th...

Supreme Court Backs Student In Textbook Copyright Case

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 03.19.2013 | College

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that textbooks and other goods made and sold abroad can be re-sold online and in discount stores without...

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.

New Business Alternatives for Obama's Climate Change Program

Amy Larkin | Posted 04.27.2013 | Green
Amy Larkin

Many iconic American corporations have invested billions of dollars and hired many of the world's best scientists to work on renewable energy breakthroughs. But these scientists are sworn to secrecy in order to protect their companies' investments.

Aaron Swartz And The Pursuit Of Knowledge

Baila Olidort | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Baila Olidort

Aaron Hillel Swartz, the "old, wise soul" whose life came to a tragic end on a recent Friday morning, intuitively valued teaching and the sharing of knowledge as a fundamental human responsibility.

GOP Proposes, Then Stifles, 'Shockingly Sensible' Copyright Law

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 11.28.2012 | Technology

On November 16th 2012 the Republican Study Committee of the House of Representatives posted a memo on its public website that revealed a “shockingly...

Happy Thanksgiving

Radley Balko | Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

I give you the best bit of Thanksgiving-related television ever made. A bit of oral history on this episode here. And here's an explanation of how i...

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.

Here's What Verizon And Comcast Will Do If They Catch You Downloading Illegally

The Huffington Post | Britney Fitzgerald | Posted 10.25.2012 | Technology

Pirates, beware: Illegally downloading content just got more complicated. The Center for Copyright Information (CCI) will roll out its new Copyri...

Alice Hines

Target Stole Our Shoe Design, Says Minnetonka Moccasins

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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.

Should You Steal Comics?

Austin Wilson | Posted 08.22.2012 | Books
Austin Wilson

If you're a regular comic book reader, or even just someone who pays attention to the industry, you've probably heard something about the ongoing piracy debate.

Copyright and the Creator

Gizele Rubeiz | Posted 07.07.2012 | College
Gizele Rubeiz

One of the least understood principles of copyright is the method by which it is acquired. Copyright exists automatically, as soon as an original work is created in fixed (tangible) form.

Creativity Endures: The 'Amen Break' and Copyright Law

Network Awesome | Posted 06.24.2012 | Home
Network Awesome

What do Amy Winehouse, N.W.A., David Bowie, a Jeep 4x4 commercial, and the cartoon Futurama all have in common? Believe it or not, they all share six seconds of drum music.

Reevaluating Ownership

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 06.06.2012 | Small Business
Jennifer Hamady

Trademarks are becoming as common as commas, yet with a far greater impact than overused punctuation. While the legal lockdown of conversational language is progressing, the copyright law and rights are being thoroughly challenged.

Disney & Marvel Act Like Villains Toward 'Ghost Rider' Creator

Eric Larnick | Posted 05.22.2014 | Entertainment
Eric Larnick

Whether you're excitedly planning on seeing "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" this weekend or scoffing at the absurdity of paying to watch Nic Cage u...