Idea / Expression

The Legal Blog of The Copyright Alliance

Mar 18, 2015
The DMCA notice and takedown process is instrumental to creators. At the same time, the safe harbors it provides are critical for fostering a diverse marketplace of online services. With the ease of online infringement, the DMCA helps navigate the murky waters of online intermediary liability by...
Mar 16, 2015
Many copyright restrictionists frequently draw a sharp dichotomy between technology and copyright to advance their agenda for weaker copyright protection. A key part of this rhetoric is an exaggerated emphasis on the importance that flexible limitations and exceptions in copyright law have had for...
Mar 4, 2015
The following guest post is by Michael J. Remington, a partner at Copyright Alliance Legal Advisory Board member Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, and represents his personal views. Mike has over 35 years of experience in intellectual property law, legal reform, government relations and lobbying....
Feb 2, 2015
La inclusión de medidas técnicas de protección (TPMs por sus siglas en inglés) en tratados de libre comercio tiende a generar un fuerte debate. Sin embargo, muchos de los argumentos presentados son erróneos y carecen de fundamento, con lo cual vale la pena empezar por aclarar qué son las TPMs y...
Feb 2, 2015
The inclusion of technical protection measures (TPMs) in free trade agreements tends to generate a fair amount of discussion. But a lot of it can be misleading or inaccurate, so it helps to begin by understanding what TPMs are and what they do. In one sense, TPMs of copyrighted digital works are...
Jan 12, 2015
By David Kappos This past fall, Copyright Alliance Legal Advisory Board member Cravath, Swaine and Moore began a copyright externship program for Columbia Law School students in order to advance the interests of strong copyright protection and foster competence of new lawyers in the important...
Dec 4, 2014
In October, the Eleventh Circuit weighed in on the copyright implications of digital coursepacks in Cambridge v. Becker. The court considered the question of when it is a fair use for professors to copy and upload excerpts of copyrighted articles for students’ use online; a practice that in the...
Oct 22, 2014
Last week, the Eleventh Circuit handed down a long-awaited decision in Cambridge v. Becker with important implications for fair use in an educational setting. The majority opinion reversed the district court’s holding, which had previously concluded that 43 of 48 allegedly infringing uses were...
Oct 22, 2014
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 among twelve countries: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the U.S. and...
Oct 16, 2014
The conventional wisdom is that creativity and innovation are at odds in the digital age. On October 9 and 10, the Center for Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) held a conference to explore how accurate this story actually is. The two-day event, Common Ground: How Intellectual Property...

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