Aereo loses, cell phone privacy wins at Supreme Court today

By Chris Meadows
June 25, 2014 // 2 Comments

A pair of important Supreme Court decisions came down today—one disappointing and one critically important to anyone who uses mobile devices. The disappointing one is a 6-3 decision killing Aereo. The service that used dedicated individual miniature antennas to stream broadcast TV service to [...]

What does the SCOTUS' Wiley v. Kirtsaeng decision mean for books, publishing?

By Brian Howard
March 21, 2013 // 3 Comments

By now you’ve likely heard that the Supreme Court has ruled, in a 6-3 decision, in favor of immigrant scientist Supap Kirtsaeng in Kirtsaeng V. Wiley. In what’s being heralded as a win for consumers and libraries, and a loss for publishers, the SCOTUS overturned a previous ruling [...]

Supreme Court rules importation of textbooks legal under First Sale doctrine

By libertyc
March 19, 2013 // 4 Comments

Remember the Supreme Court case about the Thai exchange student who bulk imported cheap overseas copies of textbooks and resold them in the U.S. (making over $1 million in sales) to finance his doctorate? The judges handed down a decision today. By a six to three majority, they found that the [...]

Supreme Court First Sale Doctrine case could give boost to resale-proof digital media sales

By libertyc
October 30, 2012 // 9 Comments

Ars Technica has a couple of great, in-depth pieces laying out in detail the facts of the matter surrounding the upcoming Supreme Court case concerning a Thai exchange student who imported and resold cheap foreign editions of English-language textbooks to finance his doctorate. Publishers [...]

Internet media has its ‘Dewey defeats Truman’ moment

By libertyc
June 30, 2012 // 1 Comment

We’ve probably all seen that famous photo of the victorious President Harry S Truman triumphantly holding up a copy of the Chicago Tribune that called the election results for the other side. For decades it has been the exemplar of the hazards of jumping to conclusions, as well as the problems of [...]

Supreme Court hears important public domain case: Can Congress remove works from the public domain?

By libertyc
October 5, 2011 // 1 Comment

More news out of the Supreme Court: today it considered a case in which copyright reformers want to remove thousands of works by foreign authors from the public domain in order to “harmonize” US copyright law with international copyright standards. Ars Technica claims the case rose from the [...]

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