fair use

Copyright Office posts DMCA exemption petitions

By Chris Meadows
November 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

A few weeks ago I discussed the need for a DMCA exemption for e-books, in light of the US Copyright Office requesting petitions for such exemptions. The Copyright Office has now posted all 44 petitions it received as PDFs. There are a number of interesting petitions there—not least of them my [...]

ALA comes out in favor of HathiTrust appeals ruling

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 18, 2014 // 1 Comment

The American Library Association (ALA) has gone on record to declare its support for the recent appeals court victory by HathiTrust versus the Authors Guild for specific fair use by libraries. As already noted in Teleread, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an original ruling in [...]

Appeals court rules HathiTrust book scanning is fair use

By Chris Meadows
June 10, 2014 // 2 Comments

Ars Technica reports that the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled on the HathiTrust case, the legal sibling to the Google Books lawsuit. HathiTrust is the organization of university libraries that provided books to Google for scanning purposes in return for receiving copies for themselves. A [...]

UK intellectual property review frees up copying, parody

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

The UK government has introduced a series of changes to copyright law across various media, including books. “These changes will affect how you can use content like books, music, films and photographs,” says the introductory text at the UK Intellectual Property Office. “They will [...]

Getty Images offers free image embedding for noncommercial blogs

By Chris Meadows
March 6, 2014 // 1 Comment

Getty Images, the world’s largest stock photo service, has just announced a program licensing noncommercial use of many of its images free to bloggers, provided they use code the site provides to embed the image in a frame with credit below it, linking back to the original picture on the site. [...]

ReDigi awarded patent on digital resale ‘without making a copy’

By Chris Meadows
January 29, 2014 // 3 Comments

Yesterday I received a press release from ReDigi, the company trying to allow (and monetize) the resale of “used” digital goods such as music or e-books, with an embargo time of, well, right now. The release claims the award of a patent on the technology ReDigi wants to use to enable the resale [...]

GoldieBlox ‘Girls’ controversy resurfaces as Beastie Boys file suit

By Chris Meadows
December 11, 2013 // 5 Comments

If you thought the Beastie Boys’ tiff with GoldieBlox over the “Girls” parody used in their toy commercial was over when GoldieBlox dropped the song from the commercial and said they would drop their lawsuit (though as TechDirt points out, they technically, um, never actually did), better [...]

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