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GoldieBlox To Apologize For Beastie Boys Debacle

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.18.2014 | Parents

In an end to one of the biggest intellectual property battles of last year, the Beastie Boys have settled a back-and-forth legal battle with GoldieBlo...

Better Understanding of Fair Use, Tech Missing From Copyright Hearing

Edward J. Black | Posted 03.30.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Fair use is one of many ways Congress has ensured appropriate balance in our copyright law.

Richard Prince Wins Landmark Copyright Suit

Art in America | By Brian Boucher 04/25/13 | Posted 04.25.2013 | Arts
Read More: Fair-Use, Arts News

Artist Richard Prince won a significant victory on appeal in the landmark intellectual property case Cariou v. Prince today. The case concerns th...

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 Importance Of Fair Use And Artistic Freedom

Shepard Fairey | Posted 11.07.2012 | Arts
Shepard Fairey

My wrong-headed actions, born out of a moment of fear and embarrassment, have not only been financially and psychologically costly to myself and my family, but also helped to obscure what I was fighting for in the first place -- the ability of artists everywhere to be inspired and freely create art without reprisal.

Will U.S. Harm Its Economy, Security With Myopic IP Bills?

Edward J. Black | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics
Edward J. Black

Author's Note: While this is not an actual intercepted diplomatic cable, I can imagine similar sentiments have been communicated. This legislation is...

Hold the Line: Stop Copyright Rendition!

Lewis Hyde | Posted 12.04.2011 | Home
Lewis Hyde

In 1948, Twentieth-Century Fox released the Cold War's first anticommunist film, Iron Curtain, the soundtrack of which featured music by Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich. Shostakovich himself never saw the film.

YouTube Copyright Takedown Targets Punk Bands

Lisa Derrick | Posted 11.28.2011 | Media
Lisa Derrick

In recent months there have been a slew of takedowns under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act on YouTube affecting numerous punk bands. Once a vid...

Richard Prince And Gagosian Gallery Lose Copyright Case

The Art Newspaper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

new york. A US District judge has ruled in favour of photographer Patrick Cariou in his copyright lawsuit against artist Richard Prince. Cariou ori...

Ripping Off Newspaper Websites Shortchanges Democracy

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The routine looting and scattering of a publication's website content across the blogosphere, where newspapers have no prayer reaping any profit, amounts to one more nail in the coffin of journalism.

The Panda Appropriations -- Part 3: Playing the Courts

Cat Weaver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Cat Weaver

Part of the reason that an artist like Rob Pruitt can build a career out of quotations, traces and copies is that the interpretation of "the doctrine of fair use" is subjective.

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.

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.

Sarah Palin Book Excerpts Must Be Removed From Gawker, Judge Rules

AP / The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — A federal judge on Saturday ordered Gawker Media to pull leaked pages of Sarah Palin's forthcoming book "America by Heart: Reflection...

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 (...

Glenn Beck's F.U.* Problem

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

Glenn Beck's response to Jonathan McIntosh's brilliant remix video is worthy of a close look because in just a few words, Beck shows what he is all about, and that he has no concept of fairness, or of fair use.

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.

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.

Salinger Parody In Copyright Battle; Swedish Book Unlikely To Be Published In U.S.

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — A Swedish author is unlikely to win approval through the courts to publish his novel in the United States, because it is substantiall...

Putting the "Fair" Back in "Fair Use"

Noah Baron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Noah Baron

Over at YouTube, corporations are flaunting Fair Use laws as they push the video site to take down parodies of the movie The Downfall.

The Brooklyn Museum's Copyright Project

Jonathan Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jonathan Melber

The Brooklyn Museum understands that the public better served, when it allows its collection to be reproduced, remixed and disseminated in as many (non-commercial) ways as possible.

James Joyce Copyright Battle Lost: Estate Pays Author's Legal Costs

Law.com | Karen Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The estate of author James Joyce has agreed to pay $240,000 in legal costs incurred by a Stanford University scholar following a fair use legal battle...

Microsoft, News Corp Have Talked About De-Indexing From Google

Financial Times | Matthe Garrahan, Richard Waters, Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Microsoft has had discussions with News Corp over a plan that would involve the media company's being paid to "de-index" its news websites from Google...

A Remix Manifesto for Our New Copyright Czar

Jonathan Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jonathan Melber

Obama has appointed the first U.S. copyright czar. Our profoundly broken copyright laws, rather than fostering creativity, as they were originally intended, now inhibit it at every turn.

Young Adult Books Needed For Braille Class

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Here's a letter by Patti Smith (not that one), a Detroit elementary school teacher of visually impaired students, sent to writer Cory Doctorow. She di...