Category Archives: copying

IP norms and a bit on IRBs

Via Jason Schultz in Jotwell, I learned of a great new paper by Julia Bauer et al. on community norms about copying and anticopying enforcement in the Threadless (crowdsourced T-shirt) community.  There are many interesting results, including the evidence they … Continue reading

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Transformative work of the day publishes an entire issue of Reason magazine that’s not available in Reason’s online archives “for reasons that will become obvious”–it’s an entire special issue devoted to WWII “revisionism” and Holocaust denial.  Talk to me about fair use factor three! … Continue reading

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Is DRM the source of Hachette’s troubles?

So argues Cory Doctorow.  He makes a point that also came up at the 1201 exemption hearings: the copyright owner does not clearly have the right to authorize a user to strip DRM from a work, where the copyright owner … Continue reading

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Fair use decisionmaking

Deconstructing arguments that treat fair use as a mysterious and dangerous concept: This detailed analysis of a flowchart is quite useful. And it cites the OTW’s Fair Use Test Suite!

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Success has many copies: HathiTrust

Authors Guild, Inc. v. HathiTrust, No. 12‐4547 (2d Cir. June 10, 2014) Several research universities allowed Google to scan their collections; then they created a repository for the digital copies, the HathiTrust Digital Library (HDL), which currently has 80 member … Continue reading

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Lay mis/understandings of copyright

What do people think about copyright? Over at Jotwell, Andres Guadamuz reviews Lee Edwards et al, Isn’t it just a way to protect Walt Disney’s rights?: Media user perspectives on copyright, 16 New Media & Soc’y (2013) (paywall). The article … Continue reading

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The ecstasy of influence

The Way We Live Now by David Brooks, by Jody Rosen.  Violation of the moral right of attribution?  Does this flunk Rogers v. Grimaldi?  Is it protected against trademark claims anyway?  Transformative work of the day? (Maybe not. I’ve got another … Continue reading

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