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Copyright and Fair Use
A healthy copyright system must balance the need to provide strong economic incentives through exclusive rights with the need to protect important public interests like free speech and expression. Fair use is foundational to that balance. It's role is to prevent copyright from stifling the creativity it is supposed to foster, and from imposing other burdens that would inhibit rather than promote the creation and spread of knowledge and learning.
The Fair Use Project (FUP) was founded in 2006 to provide legal support to a range of projects designed to clarify, and extend, the boundaries of fair use in order to enhance creative freedom and protect important public rights. It is the only organization in the country dedicated specifically to providing free and comprehensive legal representation to authors, filmmakers, artists, musicians and other content creators who face unmerited copyright claims, or other improper restrictions on their expressive interests. The FUP has litigated important cases across the country, and in the Supreme Court of the United States, and worked with scores of filmmakers and other content creators to secure the unimpeded release of their work.
Anyone who has ever attended law school in the United States knows what legal clinics are about. In recent years, clinical work with students in law school settings has been gaining momentum worldwide. Law faculties in Europe, Southeast Asia, South America, Africa, India, Japan and Israel (to name a few) already incorporate clinical activities within the fabric of their more traditional curriculum. Some observers even speak of the emergence of a global movement. And yet, there is still a lot of work to be done. Even in Europe, some folks would assume that “legal clinics” are places where sick laws are being admitted to find cure to their maladies… In Germany, where I currently practice and teach, none of the few clinics around focuses on technology or Internet law. Read more » about The Humboldt Internet Law Clinic Launched
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Kudos to Judge Alsup for his order regarding copyrightability of software API's - for both for legal as well as technical explanations - in Oracle v Google. This aspect of the case is reminiscent of Java Wars Round 1 (Sun and Microsoft).
See, Order Re Copyrightability of Certain Replicated Elements of the Java Application Programming Interface, http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/wp-content/uploads//2012/05/Judge-A...
Stanford Law School today announced the appointment of Jennifer Stisa Granick as Director of Civil Liberties at the Center for Internet and Society (CIS). Granick will lead the Center’s work at the intersection of online technologies and civil liberties, with a particular focus on cybersecurity, national security, government surveillance and free speech. Read more » about Jennifer Granick to Direct New Civil Liberties Initiative at Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society
Sarah Morris is a well-known multimedia artist and filmmaker. In 2007, she debuted her "Origami" series, 24 paintings in which she reworked, redesigned, and reshaped origami crease patterns on canvas. Several origami artists sued Morris for copyright infringement, arguing Morris had unduly appropriated their allegedly copyrightable origami crease patterns in developing the "Origami" series. The Fair Use Project teamed up with attorneys Bob Clarida and Donn Zaretsky to defend Morris. We briefed the fair use issues on summary judgment. Read more » about Lang v. Morris
Meltwater News ("Meltwater") is a search engine and research tool that allows users to search for and obtain information about news items that have been made publicly available on the Internet. Read more » about Associated Press v. Meltwater
We filed an amicus brief in the Second Circuit on behalf of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts urging the appeals court to reverse a district court decision that ignored established fair use principles that many artists rely upon in creating their work. Read more » about Cariou v. Prince
The FUP filed this suit on behalf of a University of Denver conductor and others, challenging Congress’s restoration of copyright to works that had entered the public domain. Read more » about Golan v. Holder
"“I was wondering if it was evil or stupid,” New York University Law Prof. Christopher Sprigman said. “I realized I didn’t have to decide — it’s both.”
No corporation could force pi to stand in for their brand like the swoosh does for Nike, because it’s already part of the everyday language, he said — people see the symbol and think of the math constant, not Ingrisano’s clothes.
“Trademark law is a dangerous thing,” Sprigman said. “It gets taken too far a lot, and this is one of those cases.”" Read more » about Brooklyn entrepreneur says he's receiving death threats for using the pi symbol to brand his clothing line
"BART's logo is not in the public domain, and even local T-shirt artists who glean BART imagery do so at their own legal peril. But, in claiming it can clamp down on moviemakers' First Amendment rights, BART is taking things rather far indeed, says UC Hastings law professor Ben Depoorter. Read more » about BART's Monster-Sized Trademark Claim: A Tale of Two Logos
"But CrossFit could face an uphill battle proving that the videos violate their copyright, said Julie Ahrens, director of Copyright and Fair Use at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. Commentary and criticism enjoys legal protection as free speech—known as “fair use”—even if that might mean using a copy of someone else’s video. It depends partly on whether someone is adding to the video to give it a different meaning, or if, for example, they were just copying it to sell their own workout video. Read more » about CrossFit's Sour Sense of Humor
"Ben Depoorter, a professor at the University of California, Hastings College of Law, said that there is no U.S. government enforcement agency tasked with policing copyright infringement; the law is designed primarily for private civil lawsuits, like the ones that Malibu Media has filed. But some judges may question whether the company’s motive is to make money or to deter piracy, he said: “If you’re filing three lawsuits per day, that very much looks like an abusive model. Some judges may say this looks like a business model. On the other hand, infringement is infringement.”" Read more » about The Biggest Filer of Copyright Lawsuits? This Erotica Web Site
For more information and to register visit the UW Law School website.
Thursday, April 16
6-8pm, Speakers' Dinner at the Watertown Hotel,
4242 Roosevelt Way NE,
For more information visit: http://isp.yale.edu/event/innovation-law-beyond-ip-2
Saturday March 28th featuring CIS Non-Residential Fellow Yana Welinder
Creative Production Without IP
Kevin Collins – Architectural Innovation Before the AWCPA
Lea Shaver – Publishing Without Property: Commons-Based Social Publishing and Its Implications for Educational and Book Policy Read more » about Innovation Law Beyond IP 2
The American Bar Association White Collar Crime Committee Presents:
The Internet’s Own Boy: A Discussion Of U.S. v. Aaron Swartz And The Prosecution And Defense Of Cyber-Crime
Featuring Brian KNAPPENBERGER, Filmmaker And Director Of The Internet’s Own Boy, Jennifer GRANICK, Director Of Civil Liberties For The Center For Internet And Society At Stanford Law School, And More. Read more » about THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY: A DISCUSSION OF U.S. V. AARON SWARTZ AND THE PROSECUTION AND DEFENSE OF CYBER-CRIME
View the YouTube video here.
The Visual and Critical Studies Copyright Forum features conversations around milestone copyright case studies of significance to artists, scholars, and critics. Moderated by Matteo Bittanti, the Copyright Forum introduces basic concepts of "fair use" policies and how best to navigate requesting permissions for work in a professional arts setting.
Copyright Forum moderated by CCA faculty Matteo Bittanti with special guests: Read more » about Visual and Critical Studies Copyright Forum
CIS Affiliate Scholar David Levine interviews Prof. Susan Sell of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University on international relations and transparency. Read more » about Prof. Susan Sell - Hearsay Culture Show #205 - KZSU-FM
Julie Ahrens, CIS Director of Copyright and Fair Use participated in a panel and workshop hosted by the Hoover Institution Library and Archives and conducted by Kenneth D. Crews titled Copyright, Fair Use, and the Academy: Research, Teaching, and Libraries. Read more » about Copyright, Fair Use, and the Academy: Research, Teaching, and Libraries
View the full presentation here. (Silverlight required.)
Julie Ahrens talk on "Google Books and the Evolution of Fair Use" begins at 1:35.
Stanford Fair Use Project
K&L Gates LLP
Munger Tolles & Olsen LLP
Zynga Inc. Read more » about IP BYTES: Hot Topics in Copyright Law