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Ford Tries to Shut Down Independent Repair Tool with Copyright

EFF – “…The Ford Motor Company…recently sued Autel, a manufacturer of third-party diagnostics for automobiles, for creating a diagnostic tool that includes a list of Ford car parts and their specifications. Ford claims that it owns a copyright on this list of parts, the “FFData file,” and thus can keep competitors from including it inContinue Reading

Copyright and Viral Advertising in Participatory Culture

Erickson, Kris, Copyright and Viral Advertising in Participatory Culture (January 1, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2540540 “This chapter first offers an introduction to current theory on viral advertising from literature in sociology and communication, exploring the contradictory status of the viral advertisement as a media form. The three principal differentiating characteristics of the viralContinue Reading

Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition

Released December 22, 2014. Download full text of the Compendium (1,288 pages). “Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante has released the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition (the “Third Edition”). The first major revision in more than two decades, the Third Editon presents more than 1200 pages of administrative practices and sets the stageContinue Reading

114th Congress New Member Pictorial Directory

New Member Pictorial Directory: 114th Congress. Prepared by the Committee on House Administration – Candice S. Miller, Chairman; Robert A. Brady, Pennsylvania, Ranking Minority Member. November 10, 2014.

Law Firm Copying and Fair Use: An Examination of Different Purpose and Fair Use Markets

Jones, D. R., Law Firm Copying and Fair Use: An Examination of Different Purpose and Fair Use Markets (September 29, 2014). South Texas Law Review, Vol. 56, No. 2, 2014 – Forthcoming; University of Memphis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 144. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2503089 “In several recent lawsuits, publishers sued law firms forContinue Reading

An Information Theory of Copyright Law

Fromer, Jeanne C., An Information Theory of Copyright Law (September 23, 2014). Emory Law Journal, Vol. 64, p. 71, 2014. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2500614 “The dominant American theory of copyright law is utilitarian, in offering the incentive of limited copyright protection to creators to generate material that is valuable to society. Less settled isContinue Reading

Using Copyright to Combat Revenge Porn

Using Copyright to Combat Revenge Porn, Amanda Levendowski: “Over the past several years, the phenomenon of “revenge porn” – defined as sexually explicit images that are publicly shared online, without the consent of the pictured individual – has attracted national attention. Victims of revenge porn often suffer devastating consequences, including losing their jobs, but have hadContinue Reading

Libraries may digitize books without permission, EU top court rules

Loek Essers – PC World: “European libraries may digitize books and make them available at electronic reading points without first gaining consent of the copyright holder, the highest European Union court ruled Thursday. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in a case in which the Technical University of Darmstadt digitized a book published byContinue Reading

Internet Archive Book Images – millions of copyright-free images

Internet Archives: “An American academic is creating a searchable database of 12 million historic copyright-free images. Kalev Leetaru has already uploaded 2.6 million pictures to Flickr, use the link above to see the millions of hard to find historic images all for free now on line.” Also from Internet Archives, see also: “Open Library is anContinue Reading

New on LLRX – What Does the Hathitrust Decision Mean For Libraries?

Via LLRX.com – What Does the Hathitrust Decision Mean For Libraries? The library community welcomed the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust. The decision has implications for libraries that go far beyond the specific facts of the case. This paper by Jonathan Band offers some preliminary thoughts onContinue Reading

Apples and Oranges: Iceberg Trade Costs

Lashkaripour, Ahmad [Pennsylvania State University, College of the Liberal Arts – Department of Economics] Apples and Oranges: Iceberg Trade Costs (May 23, 2014). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2470765 “The iceberg trade cost assumption is embodied in all major models of International trade. However, empirical evidence to support this rather conventional assumption is lacking. This paperContinue Reading

EFF Publishes New Whitepaper on the Broken Penalty System

EFF – “Today, the House Judiciary Committee [held] a hearing on “remedies” in copyright law—that is, the penalties, injunctions, and other means of challenging and penalizing alleged infringement. This is hugely important: fixing copyright’s remedy provisions (like excessive, unpredictable monetary penalties and government seizures of domain names) is key to ensuring that copyright does its job—helpingContinue Reading