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A couple months ago, my client, animal protection activist Erik Marcus, and the proprietor of "Podkeyword.com", George Lambert, quietly settled their dispute over events that were widely reported in the blogosphere after I blogged about it here. Evan Brown, about whom I have only good things to say, represnted Lambert. Read more about RSS-"hijacking" incident resolved (sort of)
Adam Curry recently took a Dutch "gossip rag" to court over ripping off his photo which had been posted on flikr and licensed via Creative Commons (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike). He won. This is, I believe, the first enforcement action of a CC license and sets good precedent for the enforceability of these licenses. Read more about CC license enforced in Holland
I hope my legal writing students read my blog because I have a tip for them: Make sure your briefs are comprehensible, include sound legal reasoning and argument, and are clear about what relief you are seeking. Otherwise, you might end up with ruling like this one from a San Antonio bankruptcy judge. (Note to students: No, you may not cite Adam Sandler films as authority in your briefs. Judges are allowed to do this. You are not.) Thanks Erik for making me laugh this morning. Read more about Legal writing tip
Last week I received a question from JD Lasica. He asked me "If I videotape a street musician performing in public, can I post it to my noncommercial blog without asking his permission? Out of courtesy I would, but can he control use of his public performance? What about other people?" I had some thoughts, and I decided to post what I had to say.(1) Copyright. For copyright it depends on a couple facts. Read more about Street performances -- can I put them on my blog?
Tarleton Gillespie, a fellow Fellow (I don't know why it cracks me up to say that, but it does) from CIS, has an interesting article/post on the topic of the Google Print stuff. The article is primarily about fair use and that debate, and the comments are interesting, though I don't agree that Google should be stopped from its book print project. Read more about Discussion on Google
OK. So there are so many interesting websites offering music. This is not new. But at a dinner party I had on Tuesday, a couple of friends were talking about Pandora. Indeed, my friend Jason told me about this website months ago, but for some completely inexplicable reason I never got to exploring it. And I do regret that since I have been missing out on it all this time. Read more about My new favorite music-related site
This conference looks like it'll be interesting. Privacy in the Informaiotn Age. Not only do they have some interesting issues and panelists, but it's free! (If you're a lawyer and you want MCLE credit, then you have to pay $50.) You can register here. Read more about Privacy Conference @ Santa Clara
I attended this talk by Natali Helberger of the Institute for Information Law yesterday at SLS. She spoke about consumer protection and copyright, and discussed the recent Sony rootkit case. These are some notes I took about the talk.Looking at copyright law as a form of consumer protection is somewhat difficult conceptually. Helberger pointed out some important questions: (1) who is the consumer? (Is it the user? Is it the author?) (2) what conditions apply to the way the information is offered? Read more about Copyright & Consumer Protection
In December, the Central District of California issued a new ruling on the Kiss Catalog case, which now holds that the anti-bootlegging statute does not run afoul of the Constitution's IP Clause's fixation and "limited Times" restrictions. (For reference, here's the old opinion from December 2004 which is now vacated.) Read more about New Kiss Catalog opinion from CD California