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Posner: Sharing links isn’t copyright infringement Posner’s opinion is a victory for technology. The judge, writing for a three-judge appellate panel that also included judges Joel Flaum and Diane Wood, vacated a preliminary injunction against the “social bookmarking” site myVidster, which permits users to access videos recommended (or “bookmarked”) by other users. Posner distinguished myVidster’s […]

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Sellutions: Copyright and Common Sense

“Common sense is not so common.” ― Voltaire “Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain” ― Henry Ford Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative. ― H. G. Wells I have been hammering away at the SOPA and PIPA problem for some time now. However, even if we are successful […]

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2011: When IP was King

2011: The Year Intellectual Property Trumped Civil Liberties “Any civil liberties agenda was a complete non-starter with Congress and the Obama administration,” said Cindy Cohn, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s legal director. “They had no interest in finding any balance in civil liberties.” * * * All told, the government has seized more than 350 […]

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Copyright: Sword Not Shield

  The article below contains several examples of copyright wrongfully employed to either: (1.) silence critics; or (2) attempt to drum competitors out of business by making false accusations. I had a case once where a company tried to trademark and copyright a “type” of Chinese tea. Apparently, there is a great deal of money […]

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American Internet Policy: Made in China?

  A recent study sponsored by Columbia University’s The American Assembly project revealed the prevailing American attitude towards copyright infringement. The article can be found at this link The study reveals a people who overwhelmingly oppose the goals of the Congress in seeking to pass the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) and the “PROTECT […]

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Digital Reselling. Remember (1) You Don’t Own Anything; and (2) Have to Buy Everything From Me.

  The name of the article in thin the New York Times is: Reselling of Music Files Is Contested –  Songs on the service, which is based in Cambridge, Mass., cost 79 cents, as much as 50 cents less than the price of new tracks at iTunes. ReDigi users also get coupons worth 20 […]

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DVD Streaming, U.S. Marshals, and E-parasites. Oh my!

  Didn’t content owners learn anything from the MP3 player?  Give people what they want, and charge them a fair price for it. Make lots of money. No, instead lets desperately cling to the way things are until they collapse. Then Apple as a middleman is far more prosperous than you as the content owner. […]

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  This Congress seems determined to declare war on free speech. All you will need is money to remove opinions that are disagreeable or unflattering.  While the rationale for the bill is correct, the cure is not.  Looks like Congress has declared war on the internet — “Tech News and Analysis the Stop Online Piracy […]

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Copyright in the News: Dinosaurs and Leprechauns

  Poison Face Copyright Lawsuit – Noisecreep  Glam metal heroes Poison are being sued for copyright infringement. The suit comes from Billy McCarthy and James Stonich and dates all the way back to the ’80s.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, the lawsuit was filed Oct. 19th in Illinois federal court. Talk about Laches, nothing […]

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Copyright in the News: Havens and Hangovers

  Judge threatens to dismiss another Righthaven copyright lawsuit: A judge is threatening to dismiss another copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas for a familiar reason: Lack of standing. Viacom To NY Court: YouTube Allows ‘Rampant Copyright Infringement’ – A lawyer for Viacom Inc. warned an appeals court panel Tuesday […]

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