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For the past five years, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) has been discussing proposed exceptions to the copyright reproductions rights that would help the visually impaired and those with other print disabilities. The problem is obvious: there are millions of individuals across [...]

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Redefining the Birthday Suit

On June 20, 2013 By Caitlin Buckstaff

Ever wonder why restaurants sing their own versions of “Happy Birthday” or why you rarely see “Happy Birthday” sung by characters in a movie or TV series? The reason: they could be fined $150,000 for unauthorized use of the song . . . at least, that is what Warner Music Group [...]

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Breaking the Barrier

On April 15, 2013 By Caitlin Buckstaff

The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) are back in the spotlight. This time, however, the newspaper headlines are not begging for them to compromise, end a lockout, and save the second half of the hockey season. Instead, the NHL and NHLPA captured the attention of media, fans, and [...]

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Your Phone Just Called. It’s Tracking You.

On April 9, 2013 By Tim Van Hal

Just last week, a new report published in Nature’s Scientific Reports confirmed what many already knew and some feared: mobile devices can be used to identify people regardless of whether the information was “anonymized.” That is right: your phone and its data, even if it is touted as “anonymous,” can be used to [...]

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Blurry Future for Google Glass

On April 3, 2013 By Michael Silliman

Google’s new augmented reality device “Google Glass” is promising, to say the least. The head-mounted computer boasts the ability to take pictures, record videos, start Google Hangouts, and get turn-by-turn directions, all through a visual overlay controlled by voice commands. (For more on the technology itself [...]

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A recent opinion of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York declared the Associated Press the victor in a copyright dispute.  The defendant was Meltwater, a service that provides “clips” of online news.  An article described this situation as a battle between copyright protection [...]

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Baby Got… A License

On January 30, 2013 By Caitlin Angelette

Confession time: I am a total sucker for acoustic covers of non-acoustic songs. Obadiah Parker’s cover of “Hey Ya” by OutKast is life-changing. If you’ve never heard it, seek it out from a legal source and enjoy. I’ll wait.

Welcome back. Now clearly, Obadiah Parker created his brilliant version legally through a license. He arranged [...]

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On Martin Luther King Day, an employee of a Nashville music venue, Rocketown, that bills itself as a Christian-based non-profit youth outreach facility wore a band t-shirt to work.  This shirt, designed by a band that had played at Rocketown, also voiced support for same-sex marriage.  That same day, he was fired . [...]

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Hashtag Censorship?

On October 29, 2012 By Thomas McFarland

Since the advent of social media, the specter of online censorship has loomed.  Last week, Twitter dove headlong into the fray with a swift one-two punch that has some celebrating and others crying foul.  Nine months ago Twitter unveiled plans that would allow the company to block access to certain Twitter accounts on [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On October 22, 2012 By Brandon Trout



Federal Circuit to take on software patents, again. Google opposes fixed license for standard-essential patents. Dish Network resolves Voom HD lawswuit, AMC will start airing shows again. Can you Tebow? (TM)

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