The Surprising History of Copyright and The Promise of a Post-Copyright World (Translations: 中文, Italiano, Polski, latviešu valoda. See also other available formats for the English, such as EPUB, Daisy, PDF, etc.) There is one group of people not shocked by the record industry's policy of suing randomly chosen file sharers: historians of copyright. They already know what everyone else is slowly finding out: that copyright was never primarily about paying artists for their work, and that far from being designed to support creators, copyright was designed by and for distributors — that is, publishers, which today includes record companies.
Copyright Law: Chapter 1 and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the United States Code Circular 92 § 101 . Definitions2 The Business of Intellectual Property This is actually thanks to my wife. She got a daily book recommendation calendar for Christmas and every so often comes across one she thinks I might like. Max Brooks’ “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War” was one such suggestion, and I loved it. I’m not normally a zombie fan, but for whatever reason this ignited a two month obsession with zombie films, video games, books, comics, and zombie banks. Though that last one was just good timing.
A Short Guide To Open-Source And Similar Licenses Advertisement Many developers and designers want to release their work into the world as open-source projects. They want others to be able to build on and share their code. The open-source community is vibrant because of this. DMCA Exemptions Guest Post by Jan Boyles It’s time to protect the hard-won fair use rights that artists, professors, librarians and online video makers won three years ago at the Copyright Office. The Library of Congress has issued a Notice of Inquiry calling for written comments by December 1. Here's why it matters. Educational Use of Media: Exemptions to the DMCA The 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act makes it illegal to bypass the software "locks" on DVDs and other digital media, colloquially known as Digital Rights Management. Every three years, however, the Copyright Office of the United States reviews petitions to create specific exemptions to this ban on circumvention. In the 2006 rulemaking, University of Pennsylvania professors Peter Decherney, Katherine Sender, and Michael Delli Carpini successfully petitioned for an exemption for media professors making clips for teaching purposes.
EFF The 2012 DMCA Rulemaking: Last week the Librarian of Congress issued his final decision (pdf) limiting copyright owners’ ability to sue you for making full use of the works you buy. The short version: it’s a mixed bag. On one hand, the Librarian looked to the future, broadening existing exemptions for extracting clips from DVDs to include clips from movies distributed online, as well. At the same time, the Librarian refused to expand an exemption for "jailbreaking" smartphones to include the smartphone’s cousin, the tablet, even though there is little practical difference between the two devices. Equally illogically, the Librarian refused to grant an exemption for jailbreaking video game consoles.
Copyright Law: Chapter 1 and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the United States Code Circular 92 § 101 . Definitions2 Copyright Basics for Musicians - Music Copyright Law Entertainment Law March 2009 By Jon M. Garon* Copyright & Fair Use - Summaries of Fair Use Cases The best way to understand the flexible principle of fair use is to review actual cases decided by the courts. Below are summaries of a variety of fair use cases. Cases Involving Text Fair use.
Know Your Copy Rights Welcome to Know Your Copy Rights…a Web site for librarians who are developing positive educational programs for academic users of copyrighted materials in US not-for-profit institutions. This site looks at copyright from the perspectives of all key academic stakeholders and suggests what each group can do to enhance their copyright practices and advance academic interests. To help libraries undertake a campus copyright educational campaign, a range of tools are offered. Your feedback on what is most useful is encouraged! Remember, the scope of this Web site is on using the works of others for teaching and learning. For information about encouraging academic authors to manage their own intellectual property, see the Author Rights Web site maintained by SPARC.
Case Summaries Courts have ruled on the question of fair use in numerous cases, and the following summaries offer insight into the relatively moderate number of cases that are particularly instructive for the university community. Seldom have courts had to rule in cases that are specifically about the work of academics, so we most often need to derive lessons from cases raising comparable issues. These summaries generally follow the framework of the four factors outlined in the fair use statute, Section 107 of the Copyright Act: The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes.The nature of the copyrighted work.The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole.The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. Cases of interest: Teaching: Copies for Classroom Instruction