A wireless turf war brews
There’s a new technology buzzing around mobile carrier circles called License Assisted Access that promises to make our 4G networks faster by dipping…
Shaking off copyright
Many Republicans like to take a hard line against perceived pirates who use copyright without permission – but what if those people…
King's words still off-limits
Selma, a new film about Martin Luther King’s role in seminal 1965 civil rights marches, is a triumph not only because of critical acclaim, but because biopics about…
Gonna Run this Town Tonight
It’s been a good week for Jay Z: the rap star chatted court-side with visiting royalty at a Brooklyn Nets game and, hours earlier,…
10 years and counting
The Authors Guild took its latest courtroom swing in a decade-long dispute over Google’s decision to scan millions of out-of-print books and, based on…
Powerful celebrities and companies are bullying some of the millions of bloggers who use the popular WordPress platform with outlandish copyright claims. Wordpress just called attention to some of the worst offenders.
Amazon lets aspiring writers use characters from popular series like Gossip Girl and Vampire Diaries to write stories of their own. So why isn’t Kindle Worlds catching on?
YouTube can help unknown musicians and performers gain an audience — but it can also create tension when a performer like Michelle Phan, who is now snared in a copyright dispute, becomes famous.
The Authors Guild has lost yet another legal battle in a long-running dispute over who can access digital copies of library books created under Google’s book-scanning program.
A closely watched parody case turns out to have resulted in a potential $1 million payout — but, as with everything else in the case, there’s more than meets the eye.
Toy maker GoldieBlox’s decision to turn a sexist rap song into a girl power commercial touched off a lawsuit last fall and led…
The idea of “fair use” provides a critical exception to copyright law for artists, journalists and others. Increasingly, courts are asking if the new use is “transformative” – does this make sense?
Toy maker GoldieBlox is using mass media to empower little girls to pursue science and engineering. But what about the artists whose songs the company is using to spread its message?
Images are everywhere on the internet these days and some see them as a shortcut to viral fame. The case of wildly popular @HistoryInPics raises familiar questions about how to draw lines over attribution and ownership.
A famous rap group says in a new court filing that GoldieBlox, a maker of girls toys, had no right to use its song as part of a clever marketing campaign about girl empowerment. The group may be right.
What has gotten lost in the Beastie Boys vs. GoldieBlox hysteria is that fair use is an important principle when it comes to copyright, and we would be better off as a society if we supported it rather than chipping away at its effectiveness
Toy maker GoldieBlox, which is at the center of a controversy over their use of a rap song to celebrate girls and science, threw in the towel. Was this a real copyright controversy or just marketing?
When can news outlets use photos they find on Twitter? A jury’s $1.2 million award to a photographer over unauthorized use of photos from the Haiti earthquake is likely to give editors heartburn.
The Authors Guild has argued that Google’s book-scanning project is copyright infringement on a massive scale, but the benefits of having millions of books digitized and searchable clearly outweighs the dangers of that infringement
The long-running copyright fight between Google and the Authors Guild is over: Judge Denny Chin issued a resounding ruling in favor of fair use.
Anyone can sing a song in the shower, but can they also post the lyrics on a website? In the case of commercial sites, publishers are saying no, and they have copyright law on their side.
Google and the Authors Guild were back in federal court on Monday in yet another attempt to break the log-jam in an eight-year legal dispute over whether Google’s book scanning was fair use under copyright law.
The dispute between the Author’s Guild and Google heads back to court on Monday, where the two sides will debate over whether Google needed to seek permission to scan 20 million books.
Google and the Authors Guild are back at it in their long-running copyright fight. New court filings suggest the case will turn on whether or not Google’s book scanning was “transformative.”
In a major new ruling in the Google Books case, the Second Circuit decertified a class action and told Judge Denny Chin to rule on whether Google’s book scanning is fair use.
Is there a reason Vine videos are exactly six seconds long? Yes, and it has a lot to do with high profile court cases that almost destroyed hip hop music.
The long-running fight over Google’s decision to scan the world’s library books took a new twist on Wednesday as an appeals court pushed the parties over copyright law’s “fair use” doctrine.
When is the use of another artist’s image “transformative” and when is it just copyright infringement? A major court ruling provides broader protection for appropriation artists.
An appeals court granted a stay in the copyright dispute between the Authors Guild and Google so it can review a lower court’s decision to let the class action advance. The literary community is watching to learn if Google’s book scanning will be considered “fair use.”
The long-running copyright lawsuit over Google’s book scanning — in which the Authors Guild is seeking $750 per book — is turning into a procedural snarl as both the case and an appeal go forward at the same time. A new order confirms that the parties are due in court in December.
Judge Denny Chin has allowed a coalition of scholars, librarians and digital activists to file briefs in support of Google as part of the long-running copyright controversy over the company’s book scanning. The ruling will serve to draw further attention to fair use issues.
A court filing provides new details about how Google scanned 20 million books and its reasons for doing so. The new facts come at a time when the long running case between Google and the Authors Guild is heading to an end game.
In a major development in the long-running case over Google’s unauthorized book-scanning, a federal judge ruled today that groups representing authors and photographers could go forward with a class action.
In a long-awaited ruling on digital age “coursepacks,” a federal judge drew some bright lines about how professors can share reading materials with their students.
The estate of a famous photographer is suing Google and an artist named Mr. Brainwash for using images of John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix and other musicians. The images appeared as merchandise and at a launch party Google hosted last fall in Los Angeles.
Copyright lawyers feeding on patent lawyers — it’s not for the faint-hearted.
Britain’s copyright laws have always been byzantine, but the digital age has put them under more pressure than ever. Now the news that the government plans a major makeover has sent rights holders into a spiral, but could be great news for startups.
The web is enabling an explosion of “remix culture,” but as Kickstarter co-founder and blogger Andy Baio recently discovered, “fair use” only applies if you can afford to fight for your idea in court. What does that mean for the future of the remixable web?
The fact that the Google Books settlement has been rejected puts the spotlight back where it should be: on the fact that Google is doing nothing wrong, legally or morally, in scanning books without the permission of the authors or the publishers of those books.
Right Wing Radio Duck captured the internet by storm earlier this week. The mash-up, which has an out-of-luck Donald Duck falling for Glenn Beck’s rhetoric, even received praise from Beck himself. But how long did it take to produce this? We decided to find out.
Documentary filmmakers and producers of non-commercial videos can now legally rip DVDs to their hard drives to use movies as source for their own works. The new rules come only days after a court found that copyright laws shouldn’t use DRM restrictions to prevent legal use.
United behind the idea that “If anyone is going to ruin Footloose, it’s us,” a collective of 50 production teams came together over the last year to remake the 1984 Paramount film before anyone else could, premiering the hilarious results last night in Los Angeles.
The Library Copyright Alliance has published a legal analysis (PDF) of the use of streaming video in higher education, and the bottom…
Happy Fair Use Day everyone! That’s right: Section 107 of the U.S. copyright law, also known as the Fair Use Doctrine, now…
One of our readers writes: I’m wondering what my rights are in terms of reproducing my own work on a portfolio-style Web…
Score one for dancing toddlers on YouTube. Yesterday a federal judge said copyright holders must consider fair use of their works before…
How ironic. Open WiFi and keeping your data safe came up earlier this week when Ben and I were having Chinese in…
I just posted this over on Business 2.0 Blog – a likely deal between Yahoo and Flickr. There has been a lot…