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Last week, the Eleventh Circuit handed down a long-awaited decision in Cambridge v. Becker with important implications for fair use in the academic world. The majority opinion reversed the district court’s holding, which had previously concluded that 43 of 48 allegedly infringing uses were protected under the fair use doctrine. The case stems from the systematic and widespread copying by Georgia State University (GSU) of excerpts of works owned by three academic publishers: Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Sage Publications.read more
Once again, copyright antagonists have aligned with claims to protect netizens from threats that don’t exist either in theory or in practice. On October 15, 2014, Wikileaks, for the second time, leaked a draft of the IP Chapter (dated May 14th) of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), spawning a flurry of blogs and editorials on the recurring theme that the TPP threatens individual user freedom, innovation, and speech by way of proposals to protect copyright for the 12 nations involved. These claims are not only misleading, they also fail to take into account the importance of robust international copyright protection for creators around the world.read more
On October 15, 2014 Wikileaks leaked a draft version of the IP Chapter of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), a free trade agreement currently under negotiation. This comprehensive treaty includes many issues relevant to trade such as IP. Shortly after the IP Chapter leak, several copyright antagonists quickly moved to criticize the provisions pertaining to ISP liability for copyright infringement. This post provides a legal analysis on why these assertions are misleading.read more
Actions speak louder than words, and so far Google’s bark against pirates is much bigger than its bite.read more
Crafts, like knitting and crocheting, typically are a fun way to pass the time while making something for yourself or others. However, they are also creative outlets and a form of self-expression.read more
It’s a tired old tale, but one that bears repeating over and over again. Google’s search engine is the go-to resource for those seeking pirated content online. There’s a long line of Google critics, myself included, who decry the search giant’s defiant and arrogant attitude in response to requests that it modify its search engine to mitigate damage done to content creators by online pirates.read more