Germany to file amicus in Google Books Case

Looks like Google has a new opponent in their charm offensive: Germany. More specifically, Germany’s attorney general Brigitte Zypries. Zypries said that Germany is considering filing a friend of the court brief in the Google Books case in order to “[make] the court aware of certain legal aspects“. Now what might those legal aspects be? […]

New Orphan Works Legislation: From Each According to What is Not Nailed Down, To Each According to How Little We Can Get Away With

The House and Senate both introduced new versions of the “orphan works” legislation (the “Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act” named after the late AOL lobbyist). Why, you may ask? What is so important about “orphan works”? Do the songwriters, artists, photographers, illustrators, screenwriters, actors, directors you know come up to you in the street, strike […]

Licenses, employment agreements and Creative Commons

Here’s a nightmare scenario for you–you hire someone to create a work, co-write with anyone, record with anyone, and you find out after the services were rendered or the works were created that you’re dealing with one of the gullible creatures who signs up for Creative Commons. If that person has made the work (or […]

Generation L Innovates the Wisdom of Mobs

In every conversation I have with Generation L about the effects of technology on the music industry, it is only a matter of time until the world “innovation” comes up. “Innovation” must be protected at all costs, including at the cost of the entire creative community. Hundreds of thousands of jobs lost? That’s the cost […]