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Texas AG Brings Enforcement Action For Spyware Violations

Press release: “Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today sued Sony BMG Music Entertainment as the first state in the nation to bring legal action against SONY for illegal ‘spyware.’ The suit is also the first filed under the state’s spyware law of 2005. It alleges the company surreptitiously installed the spyware on millions of compactContinue Reading

Report Reviews Market and Legal Challenges to Book Digitizing Projects

Acquiring Copyright Permission to Digitize and Provide Open Access to Books, Published by the Council on Library and Information Resources and Digital Library Federation, (72 pages, PDF) Related references to Google’s announcement that Print Program scanning will resume, along with clarifications on the programs goals: From the Official Google Blog posting, October 31, 2005: “..theContinue Reading

New on LLRX.com

Reinventing the Empire of Secrecy: An Agenda for the First DNI, by Lee S. Strickland The Authors Guild v. The Google Print Library Project, by Jonathan Band Researching U.S. Treaties and Agreements – Revised and Updated, by Marci Hoffman Criminal Justice Ethics Sources on the Internet, by Ken Strutin In the Wake of Katrina –Continue Reading

Documenting Copyright for Digital Materials

Descriptive metadata for copyright Status, by Karen Coyl: “The need to express the intellectual property rights of digital materials has focused on access and usage permissions which must be granted by the rights holder. A key set of permissions not acknowledged by these rights expressions is inherent in the legal copyright status of the item.Continue Reading

LC Will Conduct Proceedings on DMCA Rule Circumvention

Federal Register, October 3, 2005: Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies. Copyright Office, Library of Congress. Notice of inquiry. “The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is preparing to conduct proceedings in accordance with section 1201(a)(1) of the Copyright Act, which was added by the Digital MillenniumContinue Reading

UK Open Rights Group Begins Work

UK digital rights group sets up – “The main aims of the Open Rights Group are: to foster a grassroots community of campaigning volunteers; to connect journalists and the press with digital rights experts and activists.”

Digital Rights Management Tools Debut With New School Year

USAToday.com reports on new copyright protection products that debut at 10 colleges this fall, in the form of CDs, DVDs and even a USB drive, that limit the creation of multiple copies of course materials.

Resources on Copyright and Licensing for Digital Materials

Via this excellent Resource Page on Copyright and Licensing Digital Materials by Therese A. Clarke Arado, a link to Lolly Gasaway’s PowerPoint presentation, Copyright Permissions for Multimedia, from the AALL 2005 annual conference.

OECD Report on Digital Music

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Project on Digital Broadband Content published a new Report on Digital Music: Opportunities and challenges (132 pages, PDF): “…the outlook for the music market in 2005 is positive due to rapidly increasing sales of (mobile) digital music services. Digital music is also a driver for the globalContinue Reading

Victory For Groups Opposed to Broadcast Flag

From the EFF, Federal Appeals Court Scraps FCC’s Broadcast Flag Mandate Legal documents are here, background information is here. Court yanks down FCC’s broadcast flag

Hearing on Digital Music and Interoperability

Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property Oversight Hearing on Digital Music Interoperability and Availability, April 6, 2005. Link to Chairman’s Statement and Witness Statements

Contentious Congressional Battle Over Digital Rights