Good news today regarding posting technical standards incorporated into law — a unanimous 5th circuit opinion holding that disseminating such standards is not copyright infringement. ASTM v. Public.Resource.org, full opinion at: https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/5A2E1191A4B2D49785258A28004F2532/$file/22-7063-2016393.pdf
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“For the reasons explained below, defendants are correct that human authorship is an essential part of a valid copyright claim, and therefore plaintiff’s pending motion for summary judgment is denied and defendants’ pending cross-motion for summary judgment is granted.” Thaler v. Perlmutter [US Copyright Register], D.D.C. (Aug. 18, 2023) In other
The District Court’s order in Hachette v. Internet Archive was released yesterday (August 14). It marks a sad moment when publishers’ attacks on libraries have prevailed over common sense, the public interest, and the best interests of authors and readers alike. Who won? Publishers. How often do publishers’ economic wins
For those interested in reading on their own, the Supreme Court has posted the opinion on its website.
I ran across this Patry quote today that I enjoyed: “[T]he drafting [of Section 110(2), the TEACH Act] is so ugly that it certainly supports the carbon-dating theory of amendments to the Copyright Act: the vintage of an amendment can be determined by its prolixity and resemblance to a poorly
On the new Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Eriq Gardner at Hollywood Reporter made me LOL: “It’s 1,222 pages of pure beach reading”
The overly protectionist attitude of lawyers towards certain high-profile trademarks, copyrights, and patents, has become legendary among fans and scholars. The attitude is particularly prevalent in sports. The Olympics took it the US Supreme Court. The World Cup has issued many a “takedown notice”. The NFL and the Superbowl are
Elsevier is, for better or worse, the academic publisher that everyone loves to hate. They have become the poster-child for everything that is wrong with for-profit paywalled access to scholarship and knowledge. Here’s an amusing take-off on “Elsebeer”: http://fragments-of-truth.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/academic-publisher-unveils-new-journal.html Perhaps the funniest part of it is that several people I’ve shown it
Nov. 26, 2012 : Stephen Colbert featured the Kirtsaeng case in a “Judge, Jury, Executioner” segment on The Colbert Report.