Graduated Response Upheld Again

The UK passed a graduated response statute last year that drove the anti-copyright crowd berserk (and which nearly had an orphan works section that would have allowed the wholesale exploitation of orphan works through a bad case of moral hazard until it was removed at the request of visual artists, but that’s another story). Needless to […]

Tasini’s HuffPo Class Action: Welcome to the hybrid economy

Interesting story in CNET: “Blogger Targets AOL Seeks Class Action Status“.  “Blogger”?  You can almost hear the implied “mere” before the word “blogger”.  Perhaps true, but not just any “blogger”. In New York Times Co. v. Tasini, 533 U.S. 483 (2001), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the New York Times could not license back issues in electronic databases like LexisNexis if […]

Did Open Society Institute produce the Google “Copyright School” video?

First we found the bizarre “Winning the Web” organizers manual from Open Society Institute for the EFF/ORG/generally anti-professional creator groups.  Now The Register has a story (“Dying Quango Says Britons Oppressed by The Man“) about Consumer Focus, what the Brits call a “quasi-nongovernmental organization” or “quango” (not to be confused with “bongo”): “Britons are suffering […]

Digital Music News lets the cat out of the bag

According to Digital Music News today, “Amazon was rumored to be negotiating for ‘enhanced’ cloud licensing in New York this week, but that’s just gravy.  The extra licenses would include consolidating multiple copies of the same song into one, cloud-stored version, though Amazon made it abundantly clear that it is not seeking licenses for its […]