Tag Archives: first sale

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 »

Can I sell my iPod?

At present, digital ownership and copyright is a complicated issue, a fact made clear during an educational briefing hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC) on June 13th. The panel included industry representatives Sandra Aistars, CEO of Copyright Alliance, and Keith Kupferschmid, senior vice president of the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA). Their stance was that the ... Read More »

You bought it, you own it: Copyright policy should foster freedom

To celebrate Copyright Week, the American Library Association will join a number of organizations to exchange ideas, information and actions about copyright reform. From Monday, January 13th until Saturday, January 18th, copyright experts will explore different aspects of copyright law on the District Dispatch. Guest blogger: Tomas A. Lipinski Kirtsaeng’s legacy With the Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., ... Read More »

US library lending is happening

The first sale exception is a popular topic these days for librarians, consumers and policy makers. It is so trendy right now that it almost outshines fair use, and that’s saying something. This is likely due to some recent events. The Supreme Court decision in Kirstaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. happily was decided in our favor–yes, any lawfully ... Read More »