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Reading list: class ascertainability & preemption of state sound recording public perf. rights

Geoffrey C. Shaw, Class Ascertainability, forthcoming, Yale Law J. (2015) Abstract:   In recent years, federal courts have been enforcing an “implicit” requirement for class certification, in addition to the explicit requirements established in Rule 23 of the Federal Rules … Continue reading

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Reading list: descriptive and suggestive TMs

Jake Linford, The False Dichotomy Between Suggestive and Descriptive Trademarks. Abstract: Classifying a trademark as descriptive rather than suggestive fundamentally alters the scope of trademark protection. A descriptive mark, derived from a feature of the product or service sold, only … Continue reading

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Reading list: Campbell at 21/Sony at 31

Jessica Litman, Campbell at 21/Sony at 31. As you’d expect, insightful and a pleasure to read. Extracts:   When copyright lawyers gather to discuss fair use these days, the most common refrain is its alarming expansion. This distress about fair … Continue reading

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Reading list: Craswell on sports team nicknames

Richard Craswell, When Nicknames Were Crowd-Sourced ~ OR ~ How to Change a Team’s Nickname   Craswell is an excellent writer with an engaging topic even for a non-sports fan like me. Treat yourself to this short monograph.  Excerpt:   … Continue reading

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Reading list: cheap books and scientific progress

Barbara Biasi & Petra Moser, Does Cheap Access Encourage Science? Evidence from the WWII Book Replication Program. Abstract: Policies that reduce the costs of accessing prior knowledge (which is covered by copyrights) are becoming increasingly prominent, even though systematic empirical … Continue reading

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Reading list: copyrightability of plastination

Via Larry Solum.  I haven’t read this but I’ve been fascinated by plastination for years, and finally my interests unite.  Kirill Ershov, A Macabre Fixation: Is Plastination Copyrightable?: Abstract: Dr. Gunther von Hagens invented plastination as a process to preserve … Continue reading

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Reading list: Putting Intellectual Property in Its Place

Laura J. Murray, S. Tina Piper, & Kirsty Robertson, Putting Intellectual Property in Its Place: Rights Discourses, Creative Labor, and the Everyday: Coming at roughly the same time as Jessica Silbey’s The Eureka Myth, this book, like Silbey’s, challenges IP … Continue reading

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