Monthly Archives: January 2012

Lessons for Online Piracy Legislation from Comments on Copyright Small Claims

The draft legislation called Online Protection & Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN) is having its moment in the sun as an approach favored by Google and other internet powers who are said to regard it as not threatening to … Continue reading

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Digital Perspectives on Yesterday’s News

The Supreme Court ruled against warrantless GPS surveillance and mildly good news on digital music sales showed how relatively small that important industry is in the context of online piracy. A unanimous court speaking in many opinions held that police can’t attach a tracking device … Continue reading

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Megaupload: International IP Enforcement Without SOPA But With Critics

After Congress and the rest of us saw a show of power by Internet players on Wednesday, Thursday saw indictments unsealed in the United States, arrests in New Zealand, and Hong Kong based Megaupload.com shut down. That’s not all. Search warrants executed … Continue reading

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Protect IP and SOPA Are DOA

The New York Times last Saturday in “Fighting Antipiracy Measure, Hackers Click on Media Chiefs” tells of exposure of top media executive’s personal information on the internet to personalize the fight over ProtectIP and SOPA. Later that day, the White House said what it would and … Continue reading

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Starting Gun on New gTLD’s Has Fired

Today is the first day for applications for your very own new generic Top-Level Domains (New gTLDs). Those who can afford it– $185,000 in fees, plus hardware and people costs, plus substance sufficient to operate the gTLD for at least 3 years–probably don’t need … Continue reading

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Can The First Sale Copyright Doctrine Apply to a Digital Copy?

A lawsuit filed a few days ago in Manhattan might answer the question. Capitol Records LLC v. Redigi, Inc., 12 civ 0095 (SDNY 2012) is an action by the famous record company which says in effect there just can’t be a … Continue reading

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Old Songs Made New–Copyright Office Endorses Federal Protection of Pre-1972 Recordings

Richmond Indiana became home to one of the great recording studios when the Star Piano Company and Gennett Recording opened in the early twenthieth century. See, waynet.org; starrgennett.org. There was no federal copyright protection for recordings then, just a hodgepodge of state … Continue reading

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