By: Dr. Fritz Dolak
“Breyer’s rendition of the facts and explanation of Aereo’s technology and how it relates to the Copyright Act provides a clear picture for this highly-complicated and technical topic. The decision is also guarded, with the majority explicitly stating that the precedent should be narrowly applied to the Aereo technology and not future technologies, mainly the developing advances in cloud-based computer storage.”
“The US Copyright Office and the House of Representatives are currently considering an overhaul of some of the copyright regulation that governs musical licensing. Here are some quick facts on the current state of music licensing.”
The game is afoot.
“More than 20 years later, the copyright infringement suit still affects modern music.”
“As [International Space Station Astronaut] Hadfield and those who watched the video discovered, even a YouTube video created in space cannot avoid copyright laws.”
Interesting video. “Will fans be able to control the media they celebrate? Will fan-created works and the argument of Fair Use alter copyright law? Will fandoms find a place in politics and government? Watch the episode, and let us know what you think!”
What’s the cost to the RIAA per notice?
“The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins’ trademarks on the basis that the name is “disparaging to Native Americans,” dealing team owner Daniel Snyder a public relations blow as he tries to fend off activist groups that want him to change the team name.”
“Fair use has long been relied upon to provide important protections for the public and promote new and transformative uses of copyrighted works, such as those facilitated by HDL.”
“This hour and fifteen minute-long presentation is one of the most detailed and useful videos on copyright law for photographers that we’ve run across.”
“A flowchart for evaluating the Copyright Status of a Work Created in the United States Between January 1, 1923 and December 31, 1977.”
“Reading this may seem quite normal for you, but for someone who is visually handicapped, it is a challenge as technology hasn’t caught up.”
Copyright anniversary and the Net [need to scroll to 2nd article on page]
“On this date 244 years ago [June 9], the first publication in the United States was copyrighted under the new Copyright Act of 1790 (http://bit.ly/1i8JzIt).” And by the way, on May 31, 1790, President George Washington signed the law the first U.S. copyright act.
“There is a cost to extremely and unusually long copyright terms as we have under current American law.”
“I am an intellectual property “skeptic,” which means I doubt very much that copyright and patents are really property at all. Nor does the Constitution identify these rights as property.”
“The rationale given is that aside from excise duties and tariffs, which are now generally low across the board, free trade can also be limited by weak support for IP rights, as this operates as an extra cost for the business of an IP exporter.”
“If the Labels do not sign the agreement, Youtube [sic] would be within their rights to remove many of the labels’ videos.”
“[The] new bill could help artists and labels collect royalties on the digital performance of older recordings while adding to the royalty expenses of the digital services that play them.”
“Courts will continue to uphold copyright protection for certain characters that meet the applicable tests.”
“The U.S. Congress is working to update laws on who gets paid for recorded music, in a possible omnibus bill, as old CDs pile up at yard sales and music lovers increasingly shift to streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify.”
“There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold and she’s buying a stairway to heaven.”
Also see below: “`Raging Bull’ Decision Breathes New Life Into Late-Breaking Copyright Suits”
Laches? We don’t need no stinkin’ laches.
“The more typical post-Petrella cases will involve people who thought for decades that their works were stolen, but had decided not to sue, and after time, could not find a lawyer to take the case. One such claim might involve one of the most famous songs ever. According to numerous reports, the estate of Randy California, guitarist for 60s band “Spirit,” plans to sue regarding “Stairway to Heaven,” which allegedly took its famous guitar opening from Spirit’s song “Taurus.” Randy California (who died in 1997) and others knew of the alleged infringement for approximately four decades, but a suit might now be viable. If the case proceeds, it will do so with the main witness deceased for almost 20 years, many others also missing, and the vast majority of relevant documents destroyed.”
“A copyright lawsuit filed by a Chicago musician claiming Lady Gaga’s 2011 hit “Judas” ripped off her work was dismissed in federal court…”
“Even terrible people can have their copyright infringed, but even the best people can’t claim that general/universal ideas are somehow solely their property and that anyone else who thinks it would be cool if a dragon carried a gun/lived in the future “stole” their work.”
“Authors can visit eco.copyright.gov to register their work online. After creating a user profile, all an author has to do is fill out a brief application form, upload a digital file or representative sample of her work, and pay a $35 nonrefundable processing fee. Alternatively, an author can download a paper application and send in a physical copy of her work for the Copyright Office to review and keep on file.”
That’s All, Folks.
‘Twas my struggle to include this.
“Although comedians may start with a written work — a script — the performance of the work rarely occurs without deviation. As a result, copyright may not issue because the work of authorship is not “fixed” in the manner necessary to establish a basis for protection.”
“The orphan works problem is a serious one, and all of our access to our shared cultural heritage. The Copyright Office can and should address the issue—and reinforce our fair use rights in the process.”
“It’s a rap: Beastie Boys have won $1.7 million in a copyright violation case against the maker of Monster Energy drink.”
“The US government wants to extradite Dotcom, who was arrested in New Zealand on its behalf, so he can face copyright infringement, money laundering and racketeering charges relating to Megaupload.”
“Six years after the US recording industry stopped seeking money from file-sharers, a new
company is now preparing technology that could flood the Internet with “hundreds of millions of notices” to alleged copyright infringers.”
“The movie studio relaxes its position on fan-created parodies and homages.”
“To be clear, this paper does not offer legal advice specific to the situation of any operator. If you want such advice, we urge you to consult an attorney. But we hope it does help dispel some of the myths about copyright and open Wi-Fi.”
“The decision is the latest chapter in a copyright and patent infringement lawsuit filed by Oracle against Google.”
“The copyright industry has been continuously and relentlessly pushing for more mass surveillance, including surveillance of citizens who aren’t under any suspicion (“mass surveillance”) for this reason.”
“According to the PPA, the lawsuit is over a set of images that the studio’s founder, Robert A. Huff, took of the Walton family before they were the owners of the largest retail chain on planet Earth.”
“While fan-made movie edits aren’t particularly new, they don’t often find themselves getting a ton of attention by the mainstream public. That changed a couple of years ago when Topher Grace, of That 70’s Show fame, decided to try to learn film editing and produced a recut single film of the Star Wars trilogy (episodes 1, 2 and 3) that came out a decade or so ago.”
“As was discussed in part one of this article, a paradigm shift is underway as entertainment companies could soon lose control of some of their most valuable hit songs, bestsellers and other core assets. Thousands of artists — including Tom Petty, Bryan Adams, and Charlie Daniels — have filed notices of termination under the provisions of Section 203 of the Copyright Act of 1976 and are seeking to reclaim the rights to their works. The question is: How will the media industry respond in the face of this turn of events?”
“The framers of the constitution sought equilibrium between the rights of the creator and the need to disseminate works publicly. Yet, today copyright has evolved into a system that is mostly focused on maintaining both an artist’s and a corporation’s livelihood at the expense of the public interest.”
Copyright Industry Publishes Data-Free Report Claiming Pirate Sites Will Damage Computers “The report (a summary of which is embedded below) makes a lot of claims, none of them verifiable. Why? Because the irrational fear of piracy led to this stupid decision…”
‘Nuff said: Interesting video, too.
“…some folks at the Huffington Post have now estimated that every single man, woman and child on earth owes the combined music and movie industries on the order of $67 million. Each. Not cumulatively.”