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 [...]

‘Happy Birthday’ may turn unhappy for Warner Brothers

By Chris Meadows
August 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

We’ve looked at the legal effort to clarify the copyright status of the “Happy Birthday” song a couple of times—in 2013 when it launched, and again last week. But Boing Boing has posted an extensive look at the key evidence in the case, and at the history of the song’s writers. The [...]

Intellectual property ABCs: Read this fun guide and take the quizzes. Can the Wicked Witch sue you?

By David Rothman
August 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

“The Wicked Witch sells Jack a book on how to build Gingerbread houses for $15.99. Later, Jack enrolls in an online course on how to build Gingerbread houses and so he does not need the book any more. He turns around and sells the book to Jill for $10.00. The Wicked Witch complains that Jack is [...]

TeleRead Links: Amazonopoly, AlphaSmart, libraries and the Internet, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 26, 2015 // 6 Comments

Why Amazon monopoly accusations deserve a closer look (Fortune) As with other one-time high-tech leaders (IBM, Microsoft, Google) Amazon’s dominant market share suddenly seems too much. In letters to the Justice Department, the authors’ and retailers’ groups claim that Amazon is squeezing [...]

TeleRead Links: E-books by phone and candle? Apple Siri and music hassles. Streaming vs. ripping.

By Chris Meadows
July 18, 2015 // 2 Comments

Indoor candle device is designed to keep phones charged ( An emergency generator for your phone at time of power outages? That’s an offer in the form of a crowdfunded-campaign item called Candle Charger. It offers USB power when you need it, designed to keep phones souped up when the [...]

Another ‘Permission Culture’ Landmine

By Joanna Cabot
June 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

From our friends at Techdirt comes this insane story about yet another copyright landmine we all need to be worrying about falling into: the ‘freedom of panorama’ principle. As Tim Cushing explains: "Photographing public structures could soon become copyright infringement. At this [...]

Morning Links: Apple Receives Helen Keller Award. 1990s Guide to the Web

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Apple receives Helen Keller Award for its pioneering VoiceOver feature (Cult of Mac) Organized by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), Apple was specifically praised for VoiceOver, the iOS feature which reads out descriptions of everything happening on a device’s display. TeleRead Take: [...]

American Library Association doesn’t welcome the CODE Act

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

The American Library Association (ALA) has issued its response to the introduction of the Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act (CODE Act), designed to reform the dysfunctional U.S. copyright system, and its evaluation is not a very positive one. “For more than 20 years, content [...]

Book review: Things that go Bump in the Night, selected by Douglas Draa and David A. Riley, Parallel Universe Publications

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 31, 2015 // 1 Comment

In these ebook days, compilations of public domain material can be a waste of money if they carry a price tag, or a great value add. Certainly, Things That go Bump in the Night: A Treasury of Classic Weird is one of those volumes of classic reprints whose contents you (mostly) could put together [...]

Morning Links: Amazon killing it in subscriptions. Profitable comic book movies?

By Joanna Cabot
May 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

What Are the Most Profitable Comic Book Movie Franchises? (GalleyCat) Marvel’s Spider-Man is the top grossing movie franchise based on a comic book, according to 24/7 Wall Street. *** Amazon is Killing it in the Subscription eBook Market (Ink, Bits & Pixels) If you were hoping that new [...]

Morning Links: Sue for copyright infringement in advance? Post-Nepal Facebook checkins

By Joanna Cabot
May 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

iPad Still King of Declining(?) Tablet Market (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Apple may be going through several quarters of declining tablet sales, but they’re not the only ones. *** Business Musings: Mush Brain (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) I treat my writing like a day job. I think: would I have shown [...]

UK Green Party digs itself in deeper over copyright

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 28, 2015 // 3 Comments

  In response to the earlier outcry from writers and other creatives against the UK Green Party’s apparent proposal to reduce the duration of copyright to just 14 years – with also some initial ambiguity over whether this was 14 years after the creator’s death or 14 years [...]

UK Green Party copyright limit proposal repels authors, artists

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

The UK Green Party, with just two weeks to go to the General Election, appears to have screwed its support with one influential constituency, writers and artists, through an ill-founded and poorly discussed policy proposal on copyright terms. The draft commitment to press for a shorter copyright [...]

The Erosion of National Autonomy in Copyright

By Joanna Cabot
April 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

The fantastic and informative Michael Geist has a great analysis in today’s Morning Links about the latest gambit in the copyright wars: a term extension which will protect sound recordings for an additional 20 years. Geist cites numerous reports done in other countries which suggest the [...]

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