Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OpenCourseWare

15 10 2009

This document is a code of best practices designed to help those preparing OpenCourseWare (OCW) to interpret and apply fair use under United States copyright law.
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EFF challenges Texas Instruments over calculator mods

13 10 2009

Texas Instruments has been making programmable calculators for longer than most companies have been making computers, and the company’s current line of calculators uses a chip—the Zilog Z80—that once appeared in personal computers. So it’s not surprising that a modding community has taken up the task of replacing the OS that runs the calculators. TI isn’t pleased by the modders’ efforts,

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100 years of Big Content fearing technology—in its own words

11 10 2009

It’s almost a truism in the tech world that copyright owners reflexively oppose new inventions that do (or might) disrupt existing business models. But how many techies actually know what rightsholders have said and written for the last hundred years on the subject?

The anxious rhetoric around new technology is really quite shocking in its vehemence, from claims that the player piano will destroy musical taste and the “national throat” to concerns that the VCR is like the “Boston strangler” to claims that only Hollywood’s premier content could make the DTV transition a success. Most of it turned out to be absurd hyperbole, but it’s interesting to see just how consistent the words and the fears remain across more than a century of innovation and a host of very different devices.

So here they are, in their own words—the copyright holders who demanded restrictions on player pianos, photocopiers, VCRs, home taping, DAT, MP3 players, Napster, the DVR, digital radio, and digital TV.

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Copyright term chart

9 10 2009
Copyright term graph

This is great.  Found this chart while researching something else.  Everyone asks me how long does a copyright last, and I have to give some hedging answer because well,  look left at how complicated it is.  Anyway, this is great.  Tuck this chart away.

Tom Bell, released it on his website under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License. In short: you are free to share and make derivative works of the file under the conditions that you appropriately attribute it, and that you distribute it only under a license identical to this one. Official license

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Featured Case: Peermusic v Motive Force- music publishers sue lyrics wiki

5 10 2009

Claims of direct, contributory, vicarious and inducement of copyright infringement filed against a lyrics wiki which allegedly scrapes hundreds of thousands of lyrics and redistributes via facebook and other sites.  Stanford Fair Use and Justia feature the case docket including the Aug 24th complaint.

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Featured case: Scott v Scribd (children’s book author claims her work downloaded over 100 times without permission)

5 10 2009

A children’s book author claims that her book, Stocks and Bonds, was uploaded on Scribd without her permission, and has been downloaded over 100 times. Scribd turns pdf files into readily accessible iPaper documents that can open inside a browser. The author talks to school children often about copyright and plagiarism.  Justia is providing the case filings here, and making them available via an RSS feed.
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A Copyright Head-Scratcher, Courtesy of Kiwi Camara

1 10 2009

Here we go again: yet another situation in which folks are trying to push a the square peg of the law into technology’s round hole. Such struggles can lead to some head-scratching, but usually make for some pretty good entertainment.

This tale comes courtesy of the WSJ’s Geoffrey Fowler, writing in this week’s Law Journal column. The debate, as he puts it, is “raging in Silicon Valley over whether copyright law protects companies who make filters that screen for — of all things — copyright theft.”

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Beats, Backing Tracks and Rap Copyrights

1 10 2009

Dear Rich: If a rapper wants to register his copyrights but the backing tracks or “beats” were “written” or created by somebody who the rapper gave like $200 for the beats, can the rapper register the copyright? Is this a work for hire? Can the rapper say he wrote the whole song and the beat maker is like a drummer in a rock band who doesn’t get songwriting credit? The short answer is that If the beatmaker’s contribution is mostly percussive, you can probably register the song copyright in your own name.

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DOJ: Google book settlement needs major rewrite

21 09 2009

The US Department of Justice has added yet another filing to the growing pile of documents that have been produced in response to impending legal action on the Google book settlement. While the DOJ accepts that the settlement may perform a public good by restoring access to out-of-print works, its filing highlights many of the same antitrust and copyright concerns that have been raised by others. As such, it recommends that the settlement be rejected in its current form, while providing a series of suggestions to guide further negotiations by the interested parties.

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Featured case: Scott v Scribd (children’s book author claims her work downloaded over 100 times without permission)

21 09 2009

A children’s book author claims that her book, Stocks and Bonds, was uploaded on Scribd without her permission, and has been downloaded over 100 times.

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