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CIS To Move Forward in Golan v. Ashcroft

Golan v. Ashcroft is a case to defend the public domain. Like Eldred v. Ashcroft, the Golan case challenged the Sonny Bono Act's extension of the terms of subsisting copyrights, but additionally, it challenges the Uruguay Round Agreements Act's provisions retroactively granting copyright to certain works that were already in the public domain. The URAA removes thousands of works from the public domain, thereby depriving the public of our rights to freely use works that were, for many years, available to all. Read more » about CIS To Move Forward in Golan v. Ashcroft

DC Circuit hands down Orders 1/14

Almost three months after the Cyberlaw Clinic filed emergency motions to stay collection of webcasting royalties from Internet radio stations, the US Court of Appeals has denied all motions for stay. The Court found CBI without standing to seek a stay.
While these motions were pending, however, Congress legislatively imposed a stay of payment through June 2003 for noncommercial stations and gave commercial stations until December 15 to enter into settlements with RIAA/SoundExchange. Read more » about DC Circuit hands down Orders 1/14

DC Circuit hands out orders in Internet Radio Appeals

Almost three months after the Cyberlaw Clinic filed emergency motions to stay collection of webcasting royalties from Internet radio stations, the US Court of Appeals has denied all motions for stay. The Court found CBI without standing to seek a stay.
While these motions were pending, however, Congress legislatively imposed a stay of payment through June 2003 for noncommercial stations and gave commercial stations until December 15 to enter into settlements with RIAA/SoundExchange. Read more » about DC Circuit hands out orders in Internet Radio Appeals

William W. Fisher, III

In the past dozen years, we have witnessed an accelerating set of changes in
the ways in which music and movies are made and distributed. Enormous
social and economic benefits could be reaped through full exploitation of
the new technologies. Sadly, the legal system has thus far frustrated
rather than facilitated realization of those benefits. This talk will
explain how and why things went awry and then explore three alternative ways
in which the legal system might be reformed. Read more » about William W. Fisher, III

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