Warner Music does not own ‘Happy Birthday,’ judge rules

By Chris Meadows
September 23, 2015 // 1 Comment

Well, here’s a great birthday present for someone. In a summary judgment, a judge declared that “Happy Birthday” may be in the public domain. This does not necessarily mean, as some are reporting, that all the “Happy Birthday” copyrights are invalid, but it does mean that if anyone does [...]

Updates: On Tim Wu and orphan works

By Chris Meadows
September 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here are a couple of follow-up pieces on yesterday’s Google Books matter. First of all, the author of the New Yorker piece under discussion, Tim Wu, is joining the office of the New York State Attorney General to focus on issues involving technology. Wu, who is known for coining the term “net [...]

Manufacturers don’t want us to repair TVs or e-readers

By Chris Meadows
September 13, 2015 // 6 Comments

A few days ago, the Wall Street Journal ran an article on a subject near and dear to my heart, and of some degree of relevance to TeleRead readers, too. After all, you’re more likely than most to be using modern electronic gadgets. The Wall Street Journal points out that the problem with those [...]

Holmes vs. Hellraiser: Thanks to public domain ruling?

By Chris Meadows
September 11, 2015 // 1 Comment has an article looking at Paul Kane’s plans for a Sherlock Holmes crossover with Clive Barker’s Hellraiser franchise: Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell, scheduled for release in the summer of 2016. The Tor article goes into detail about Kane’s inspiration for the franchise, and [...]

When French copyright reaches overseas

By Chris Meadows
September 10, 2015 // 1 Comment

When international copyright meets the Internet, the results can be a big mess. French chess champion Marcel Duchamp hand-carved a chess set in 1917. The set has long since been lost, and exists only as a few grainy photographs now. A pair of 3D fabrication artists, In 2014, Scott Kildall and Bryan [...]

More information about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and orphan works reform

By Chris Meadows
September 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

A few days ago, I mentioned that the EFF and other groups were writing the US Trade Representative to request he not sign off on any Trans-Pacific Partnership provisions that would block ongoing congressional attempts to reform the orphan works situation. Here’s a little more information on that [...]

Australian ‘copyright expert’ advocates perpetual copyright

By Chris Meadows
September 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Techdirt is one of the more opinionated news sources I read, and while I do often agree with that opinion, sometimes it isn’t terribly well informed. Sometimes it’s even flat-out wrong. You always have to adjust for that when you read any story on the site. But that said, when it’s right, [...]

Food and copyrights don’t mix

By Chris Meadows
August 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

It’s lunchtime in the central and eastern US, so this is a good time to post a couple of interesting copyright cases relating to food. First of all, in Germany it is now possible for chefs to copyright the presentation of their food—that is to say, they can treat their food as edible art, and [...]

Sadder Puppies: Chinese SF novel wins 2015 Hugo

By David Rothman
August 23, 2015 // 8 Comments

Hugo Awards judges have resisted the the Sad Puppies movement, which allegedly gamed the nomination process for one of science fiction’s most respected competitions. In a ceremony last night in Spokane, Washington, the judges refused to give out awards in such categories as Best Novella and Best [...]

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