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Even TorrentFreak uses the word resurrect in the title of this article to describe how one particular torrent site, FileSoup, is using Google’s database of takedown notices to re-establish live links to infringing material.read more
In the wake of Google’s move to allegedly downgrade search results linking to notorious pirate websites, it’s worth looking at another de facto search engine, closely linked to Google, that so far, seems impervious to calls for change.read more
Copyright critics, particularly those voices murmuring in the halls of academia and legal scholarship, seem to question the purpose of copyright as though the law itself has generative properties. While it is true that copyright imposes one kind of constraint, and that constraints in general tend to be generative in the creative process, copyright’s critics focus a great deal of attention on the productive implication in the language of the Copyright Clause itself, meaning its purpose “to promote the useful arts and sciences.”read more
Weekly copyright related summary of issues, congressional developments, judicial updates, administration updates, international updates and industry updates, provided courtesy of American Continental Group (ACG).read more
October 20-26 marks Free Speech Week in the United States; a week in which organizations across the country hold events to commemorate an idea that is central to our beliefs. Coincidentally, 40 years ago today, former Register of Copyrights Barbara Ringer delivered her lecture “The Demonology of Copyright," where she discussed how copyright law supports our ideals of free speech.read more
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