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The Legal Blog of The Copyright Alliance

Apr 26, 2015
The current US Copyright Act, passed in 1976, was the result of over 20 years of study and legislative hearings. During a May 1965 hearing held by the House Judiciary Subcommittee with jurisdiction over copyright, Wisconsin representative Robert W. Kastenmeier pressed Deputy Register of Copyrights...
Apr 15, 2015
The following article is taken from a presentation on "User-Generated Content: Liability Concerns and Safe Harbors" given by Simon Frankel during PLI’s Social Media 2015: Addressing Corporate Risks Conference in San Francisco on February 10, 2015. It is reprinted here with permission. Frankel is a...
Apr 13, 2015
  As legitimate music-streaming services continue to gain traction, one service continues to come under fire for its shady practices. That service is Grooveshark, and it has long operated in a legal grey area. While Escape Media Group (“Escape”), the company that operates Grooveshark, insists that...
Apr 13, 2015
Quienes se oponen a los derechos de autor con frecuencia se refieren a una supuesta brecha insalvable entre las industrias de la tecnología y el contenido en su afán por debilitar la protección legal de los derechos de autor. Parte clave de esta retórica es un énfasis exagerado en la importancia...
Mar 30, 2015
The following article is from Kurt Wimmer, the U.S. Chair of the Privacy and Data Security practice of Legal Advisory Board member Covington & Burling LLPand a partner in its Washington office, and the opinions expressed within are solely his own. It was originally published by the Media...
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...

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