"Categories, microworks, and market circularity."
University Trying to Block Distribution of Faculty Senate Meeting Video Excerpts Using Copyright Law
An interesting controversy involving Portland State University.
Likely fair use, at least under the Second Circuit's precedents.
As with all fair use claims, the analysis turns on the particular facts.
Creating a Version of a Work Solely for "Artistic Experimentation and to Seek License Approval from the Copyright Holder" = Fair Use
So holds Judge Virginia A. Phillips (C.D. Cal.) in Tracy Chapman's lawsuit against Nicki Minaj.
Sargon of Akkad Wins Attorney Fees in We Thought She Would Win/SJW Levels of Awareness Copyright Lawsuit
"[T]he Court has little difficulty concluding that Hughes's dual goals in bringing her baseless suit were to inflict financial harm on Benjamin and to raise her own profile in the process."
"One of the most frequently sanctioned lawyers, if not the most frequently sanctioned lawyer," in the Southern District of New York.
A long-running legal battle ends with a victory for open government.
They trade tips and manuals through a decentralized information-sharing network. Biomedical technicians say it's the fastest and easiest way to get life-saving information.
Four Second Circuit judges gave fair use victories (separately) to rapper Drake and blogger Sargon of Akkad, concluding that defendants' uses of plaintiffs' work to comment on it and criticize it were fair use and thus not copyright infringement.
A German Museum Tried To Hide This Stunning 3D Scan of an Iconic Egyptian Artifact. Today You Can See It for the First Time
After a three-year freedom of information campaign, everyone can finally see the Egyptian Museum of Berlin’s official scan of the Bust of Nefertiti.
Led Zeppelin may have borrowed from the band "Spirit" in creating the well-known intro to their classic hit, but did they infringe anyone's copyright in doing so?
A fun copyright controversy.
But at least he wasn't labeled a "copyright orc" ....
Costume Manufacturer Alleges Competitor's Banana Suit Costume Looks a Little Too Much Like a Banana, Is Copyright Violation
Rasta Imposta has a history of defending its "unique" banana costume design with copyright litigation.
Hide Those Memes, Folks! Europe Passes Massive Online Copyright Changes That Will Lead to Censorship
Do you have a license to link to that story? Will your sexy Tinder photo get confused with a celebrity's?
Federal judge's ruling in a fair-use lawsuit "is a big win for the First Amendment."
The media are supposed to fight censorship. But to protect their financial interests, some European publishers want to mandate it.
Big publishers want new sources of revenue. But trying to force license fees for linking will backfire.
Taste is subjective and food producers have to deal with it
How a risk-averse bureaucracy across the ocean may decide what you say and do online.
Online platforms will be subjected to a costly, easily-abused system that will likely pull down legal content.
Profs. Kal Raustiala & Chris Sprigman will be guest-blogging about this week, based on their new law review article.
The Post Office must pay $3.5 million for using a "fresh-faced," "sexier" Statue of Liberty replica on a stamp.
Lawmakers resist plan that would likely lead to widespread censorship of online media sharing.
A poorly written proposal to expand copyright claims could potentially decimate online sharing of information.
Meet Eric Lundgren, who got 15 months in prison for selling pirated Microsoft software that the tech giant gives away for free.
And that's not copyright infringement, if they only copy short phrases, especially ones that were themselves largely copied from others.
Boing Boing has filed a motion to dismiss.
Onerous IP laws threaten a free and open internet in a way deregulation never can.
A legal fight involving the alt-right, Trump voters, one of Washington, D.C.'s most powerful law firms, and the website 4chan is brewing.