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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.
In this entry, I will explain about the second category of issues listed as topics in the Japanese Copyright Reform by the Copyright Council. (See, for details, this article)
The following may not appear as surprising to those who are familiar with the U.S. copyright regulations. However, because regulations in Japan are far less restrictive compared to that of the U.S., these topics are very important. I will add some comments about these topics imply in terms of expansion of regulations. Read more » about Issues in Japanese Copyrgiht Reform (2)
なにか、気をつけるべきことはあるのか、ということを書いてみたいと思います。 Read more » about Ram Caching (2): Good for Japan?
On January 24, 2005, Copyright Council at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology released a list of issues to be discussed in the Japanese Copyright Reform (the document can be found here, but only in Japanese.)
Below is a brief summary of issues listed in this document, as well as concrete topics that the council started to discuss in the current committees.
There are four categories on the list, which are: Read more » about Issues in Japanese Copyrgiht Reform (1)
Author(s):Marvin AmmoriPublication Date:December 8, 2011Publication Type:Regulatory Filing
Letter to Congress explaining that proposed copyright legislation would violate the First Amendment and be struck down in court. Read more » about PROTECT IP Act (S.968) and Stop Online Privacy Act (H.R.3261)
Author(s):Anthony FalzoneDaniel NazerJulie AhrensPublication Date:November 2, 2011Publication Type:Litigation Brief
Amicus brief filed 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 - Amicus Brief
Author(s):David OlsonPublication Date:October 13, 2011Publication Type:Academic Writing
The Supreme Court certified two questions in Golan v. Holder: (1) Does section 514 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (“URAA”) violate the Progress Clause of the Constitution? (2) Does the URAA violate the First Amendment? This Essay argues that section 514 violates the Progress Clause’s requirement that copyright laws “promote the Progress of Science.” This is because the statute bequeaths copyright status without in return achieving any net increase in the creation or dissemination of creative works. Read more » about A Legitimate Interest in Promoting the Progress of Science: Constitutional Constraints on Copyright Laws
Author(s):Anthony FalzoneDaniel NazerJulie AhrensPublication Date:August 31, 2011Publication Type:Litigation Brief
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
We filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Electronic Frontier Foundation asking the First Circuit to affirm the district court’s reduced damages award in Sony v. Tenenbaum, a file-sharing case in which a jury originally ordered a college student to pay $675,000 for infringing copyright in 30 songs. Read more » about Sony v. Tenenbaum
Date published:January 23, 2013
Randy Moore’s dark drama Escape From Tomorrow premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival and quickly became one of the most buzzed-about oddities in Park City, Utah. Reviews have been mixed but unquestionably intriguing. There’s a chance, though, that the rest of us won’t be able to form our own opinions: Escape From Tomorrow was filmed without permission on location at Disney’s theme parks in Orlando, Fla., and Anaheim, Calif., and it unabashedly incorporates the familiar logos, characters, and theme-park images in a perverse dramatic narrative. Read more » about Will Disney Let You See This Movie?
Date published:January 22, 2013
The AP's argument is "unfounded and dangerous to innovation," according to the brief authored by Julie Ahrens, of Stanford Law School's Center for Internet & Society. Read more » about DVR Protections Invoked to Pause Associated Press
Date published:January 21, 2013
Date published:January 19, 2013
September 28, 2009Stanford Law School
Come and meet the staff of CIS! Be introduced to our Documentary Film Program and Consumer Privacy Project.
Learn how to get involved with the Center for Internet and Society. Hear about the classes we are teaching and opportunities for students to work with us. Highlights include: Shepard Fairey v. The AP, WhatApp.org. Read more » about CIS Introduction Meeting
June 12, 2009Stanford Law School
May 14, 2009Stanford Law School
Please register at: http://publishingcourses.stanford.edu/legal-frontiers/
A joint conference of:
• Media Law Resource Center
• Stanford Publishing Courses
• Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society
A conference on emerging legal issues
surrounding digital publishing and content distribution Read more » about 5/14 & 5/15: Legal Frontiers in Digital Media
May 11, 2009Stanford Law School
Tech Policy Summit is the only executive conference of its kind that brings together prominent leaders from the private and public sectors to examine critical policy issues impacting technology innovation and adoption in the United States and beyond.
<a data-cke-saved-href="" href="" http:="" events.techpolicycentral.com="" tps="" register.php"="">Registration is now open for the 3rd annual Tech Policy Summit, which will be held May 11-13, 2009 at the San Mateo Marriott hotel in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more » about 5/11-5/13: 3rd Annual Tech Policy Summit