Idea/Expression

The Legal Blog of The Copyright Alliance

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...
Oct 6, 2014
The following post is by Marissa Lewis, an attorney at Copyright Alliance Legal Advisory Board member Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard.   Photographer Michael Kienitz (“Kienitz”) appealed the Western District Court of Wisconsin’s decision to grant summary judgment in favor of Sconnie Nation...
Sep 16, 2014
Yesterday, the Copyright Alliance and our Grassroots members submitted comments before the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights highlighting the public benefits of effective copyright protection. Last June 6, the Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights, Ms. Farida Shaheed...
Aug 19, 2014
Today, the U.S. Copyright Office released a public draft of the Third Edition of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices. The Compendium explains the services of the Copyright Office in detail and in a language that is accessible to the public. The draft version is scheduled to become...
Jul 17, 2014
In recent days, copyright skeptics voiced their support for the adoption of a “Notice & Notice” system to address third-party infringement occurring on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in an event parallel to the latest round of negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)....
Jun 26, 2014
Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its 6-3 decision in American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo, Inc. In an opinion drafted by Justice Breyer, the Court reversed the Second Circuit and concluded that Aereo’s service infringes the broadcasters’ copyright because it transmits to the public within the...
Jun 19, 2014
The following is by Simon Pulman, an associate at Copyright Alliance Legal Advisory Board member Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP (CDAS). It was originally published on the CDAS Legal Blog and is reprinted here with permission. Digital and direct distribution options have created new...
Jun 13, 2014
On Tuesday, June 10, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit released its decision in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust. This decision comes after the Authors Guild had appealed the decision of the Southern District of New York dismissing claims of copyright infringement and granting summary...
Jun 3, 2014
This week there were two big events concerning the first sale doctrine. The House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet held a field hearing in New York on the topic, and the Ninth Circuit issued its decision in Adobe v. Kornrumpf. The Congressional Hearing in New York On...
May 28, 2014
Launched in February 2013, the Copyright Alert System (CAS) is a voluntary multistakeholder effort involving five major ISPs, large content owners, and a consumer advisory board. It is implemented by the Center for Copyright Information (CCI), which is headed by Executive Director Jill Lesser. CAS...

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