Copyright

In progress we trust

Child scribble drawing. Protected by copyright for the life of the child plus 70 years.”

At yesterday’s copyright briefing for new members and staff of the U.S House of Representatives, six aspects of copyright were discussed: the purpose of the copyright law, copyright term and extension, formalities, statutory damages, fair use and first sale—all in ninety minutes, amazing given the complexity of the topic and the fact that all of the panelists were lawyers (who ... Read More »

Not my Maytag!!

Photo by Yann Gar via Flickr

Today I attended a briefing for new staff and members of Congress on copyright (free lunch). Event speakers included Mike Godwin, innovation policy director, R Street Institute; Rebecca Tushnet, professor, Georgetown University Law School; Jonathan Band, copyright counsel, American Library Association; and Sherwin Siy, vice president for legal affairs, Public Knowledge. The program was remarkable because the speakers were well ... Read More »

Where the heck did all of these librarians come from?

Thompson Rivers University via flickr

We’re taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what’s at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation. Today’s topic is transparency, but I ... Read More »

Money does not solve everything (including copyright)

Pile of money. Photo by Nick Ares via flickr

We’re taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what’s at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation. Today’s installment is everyone’s favorite copyright ... Read More »

Libraries want to fix some things

Repair Wrenches

ALA is taking part in “Copyright Week,” a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what’s at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation. Today’s theme—”You bought it, you ... Read More »