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The AP Has No Case Against Shepard Fairey

Jonathan Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jonathan Melber

Why is the AP acting like it has a case? Because juries are unpredictable, copyright law is confusing and defending a lawsuit is extremely expensive.

Oleg Teterin, Russian Entrepreneur, Trademarks An Emoticon

AP | MIKE ECKEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

MOSCOW — How much would you pay for a ;-)? A Russian businessman has trademarked the emoticon _ or combination of punctuation marks _ used to co...

If It Ain't Broke, Don't Try To Fix It

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Leslie Harris

Given the proven benefits of this open model for Internet use, it is confounding how many people, both in government and industry, seem willing to start tinkering with it.

YouTube Gives McCain Campaign A Rare Reality Check

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

From my day job at Public Knowledge, we welcome the McCain campaign to the world as controlled by big media companies.

Move Over Wall Street, Hollywood and the Chamber of Commerce Want Their Handouts Too

Gigi Sohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gigi Sohn

These lawsuits could be brought even if the copyright holder has sued the alleged violator for civil damages; your tax dollars could be used to punish the same person or company twice.

Counterfeit Democracy

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Weissman

A new draft global trade treaty may interfere with fair use of copyrighted materials, require Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to monitor all consume...

McCain Angers Bands: Heart, Foo Fighters, Van Halen And Others Mad At GOP

Dave Burdick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

This campaign season, Republicans have been using a lot of songs from artists who wouldn't have given permission if asked, and some who have spoken up...

Copyright Taxes Are Killing Democracy

Max Keiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Keiser

I have a question for Bill Moyers, but before I get to that... America was founded by patriots who were sick and tired of, "taxation without represen...

Searching for the Art of the Possible in Copyright Reform

Gigi Sohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Gigi Sohn

After 40 years of uninterrupted strengthening and lengthening of copyright laws, we have before us an opportunity for significant reform, and even baby steps should be encouraged.

Digital Music and the Free Market

Max Keiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Keiser

For years, Madonna pretended to be a vamp to make it big. Dupre is an actual hooker scoring big using the indie music site,, which charges based on user demand.

Von Furstenberg Sues Target Over "Spotted Frog" Dress

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A top fashion designer sued Target Corp on Thursday for copyright infringement and other claims, saying the discount store is selling dresses with a p...

Wilde About Food, Photos, Copyrights and Dandies!

Joe Kapp | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Joe Kapp

The fact that you own photographs by merely snapping the image is due in no small part to a particular photograph taken in the 1800s of a fabulous gay man by his eccentric photographer, both with a propensity for flamboyant dress.