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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.