Fair Use highlighted at Re:Create conference

"Copyright on the Horizon" panelists discuss the future of copyright law, fair use and the Copyright Office.

In his opening remarks at the November 17 Re:Create conference, Public Knowledge President & CEO Gene Kimmelman shared his thoughts about fair use as a platform for today’s creative revolution, and about it being a key to the importance of how knowledge is shared in today’s society. That set the tone for a dynamic discussion of copyright policy and law ... Read More »

December CopyTalk webinar scheduled

Cup of coffee with beans.

The next CopyTalk webinar will be on December 3, 2015 (the first Thursday of the month) at 2:00 pm Eastern/11:00 am. The topic will be the triennial 1201 rulemaking proceeding, this year’s announced exemptions, and proposals for changing this regulatory nightmare. For those not familiar with the 1201 rulemaking process, be ready to step into DC wonk-land. The Digital Millennium ... Read More »

Copyright looks different from Jamaican eyes

Street in Montigo Bay, Jamaica

This week, the Re:create Coalition of which ALA is a founding member held two events: One highlighting academic research in copyright held at Howard University School of Law; and a half day of panel discussions on “Modernizing Copyright Law for Today’s Reality.” The program on academic research hosted by the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice at Howard University ... Read More »

Fan fiction webinar now available

boys and girls dressed as Hogwarts students.

An archive of the CopyTalk webinar on fan fiction and copyright issues originally broadcast on Thursday, November 5, 2015 is available. Fan-created works are in general broadly available to people at the click of a link. Fan fiction hasn’t been the subject of any litigation, but it plays an increasing role in literacy as its creation and consumption has skyrocketed. ... Read More »

Market solves infringement problem? Yeah, right.

The NASDAQ stock market, photo by Wikimedia.

“Let the market solve the problem” is a familiar refrain especially for those who want smaller government and fewer regulations. Frequently the market does solve the problem because the government is unable or not successful. The government’s failed attempt to combat piracy—SOPA—is an example. The public roundly opposed it and said that it was overkill, a threat to security, privacy, ... Read More »