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Toward A General Theory of Copyright–Part 1(a)

Exploring our lack of basic consensus on copyright , I wrote in Part 1 that “while the news was still all about the dramatic Megaupload arrests for massive internet copyright infringement, a major record company agreed to a proposed class action settlement for underpaying artists … Continue reading

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Toward a Copyright Unified Field Theory–Part 1

A cluster of recent litigation reports leaves me more discouraged than ever by the lack of agreement about the purpose of federal copyright law. We need a reset, and the adversarial process isn’t producing it. Maybe the only hope is academics who aren’t hired by one … Continue reading

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Access Government Funded Research Free Online—The Next Battle?

The SOPA protest victory may be the energy behind coordinated legislative strikes in the six year old effort to make large amounts of government funded research available to all online. The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2012 (FRPAA) was simultaneously introduced … 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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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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