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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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: [...]

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