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Prominent Authors Join Amicus Brief in Google Book Scanning Case

Via FindLaw via WSJ Law Blog – “Several famous authors filed a brief with the Supreme Court, asking it to hear a lawsuit over Google digital book library. Malcolm Gladwell, Margaret Atwood, Yann Martel, Steven Sondheim and others lent their names to the brief, contending Google is guilty of “massive copyright infringement…One of the writers’ main arguments contends that copyright law and recent court decisions could not have foreseen the growth of the Internet or the mass digitization of millions of documents, written works included. According to the brief, “the technological changes of the past 20 years, especially the mass digitization of works and their easy and fast transmission over the Internet, was never contemplated by either the Congress that enacted the 1976 [Copyright] Act.” The Supreme Court has yet to decide whether it will hear an appeal from the Second Circuit Court’s decision..

Harvard portal helps track and map use of personal data

“About theDataMap – theDataMap™ is an online portal for documenting flows of personal data. It tells you where your data goes. The goal is to produce a detailed description of personal data flows in the United States. The effort started with health data and is expanding to all other kinds of personal data. The motivationContinue Reading

GAO – DHS Needs to Support Greater Adoption of Its National Cybersecurity Protection System

DHS Needs to Enhance Capabilities, Improve Planning, and Support Greater Adoption of Its National Cybersecurity Protection System, GAO-16-294: Published: Jan 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 2016. “What GAO Found The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS) is partially, but not fully, meeting its stated system objectives: Intrusion detection: NCPS providesContinue Reading

GAO Reports – DATA Act, Defense Infrastructure, DOD Excess Personal Property

DATA Act: Data Standards Established, but More Complete and Timely Guidance Is Needed to Ensure Effective Implementation, GAO-16-261: Published: Jan 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2016: “The DATA Act directed OMB and Treasury to establish government-wide data standards by May 2015 to improve the transparency and quality of federal spending data. Agencies must beginContinue Reading

Clinic Works With Law Scholars to Argue Against Copyright in Legal Codes

Cyberlaw Clinic – Harvard Law School – [January 16, 2016], “the Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic, on behalf of a group of esteemed law scholars, filed an amicus brief (pdf) in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) v. Amici argue in the briefContinue Reading

Diary of Anne Frank published on both a blog and a website citing end of EU copyright protection

Via Swissinfo: “The Diary of Anne Frank has been put online by a French politician and an academic, who cite EU law and the importance of intellectual freedom. The Basel-based Anne Frank Foundation is considering legal action, saying it still holds the copyright. “Anne Frank died in 1945 [in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany],Continue Reading

2015 Patent Dispute Report

Via Unified Patents – Overall Trend – 2015 Saw the Most Patent Disputes in History

2015 Non Practicing Entity Activity Highlights

“Every year, RPX produces a series of detailed reports on NPE (non-practicing entity) activity, covering patent infringement litigation, the transaction of patent assets in the marketplace, and a breakdown of the billions of dollars that companies have spent on related legal fees, settlements, and judgments. As we complete the collection and in-depth analysis of tensContinue Reading

The Public Domain Review Class of 2016

“Founded in 2011, The Public Domain Review is an online journal and not-for-profit project dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas.  In particular, as our name sugggests, the focus is on works which have now fallen into the public domain, that vast commons of out-of-copyrightContinue Reading

Google hardware and software monitoring millions of students in classrooms

Washington Post: “In public classrooms across the country, the corporate name that is fast becoming as common as pencils and erasers is Google. More than half of K-12 laptops or tablets purchased by U.S. schools in the third quarter were Chromebooks, cheap laptops that run Google software. Beyond its famed Web search, the company freelyContinue Reading

Gene Patents and Human Rights

Van Overwalle, Geertrui, Gene Patents and Human Rights (March 2015). in Intellectual Property Law and Human Rights. Third edition, Paul L. C. Torremans (ed.), Kluwer Law International, 2015, 871 – 914 . Available for download at SSRN: “Over the last decade, the relationship between intellectual property rights (IPRs) and human rights has gained wideContinue Reading

State of the Commons Report Highlights Milestone of Over 1 Billion Creative Commons Works Shared Online

Ryan Merkley, December 8, 2015 –  Annual State of the Commons Report highlights global cultural and policy impact of free and open content – “Creative Commons, the global nonprofit that makes it easier for creators to share their work under simple copyright terms, announced a major milestone in the release of its 2015 State ofContinue Reading