Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Thirteen Ways to Steal a Bicycle

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Mon, 04/08/2013 - 21:52

Theft claims more victims and causes greater economic injury than any other criminal offense. Yet theft law is enigmatic, and fundamental questions about what should count as stealing remain unresolved—especially misappropriations of intellectual property, information, ideas, identities, and virtual property.

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Copyright Ruling Rings With Echo of Betamax

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Wed, 03/27/2013 - 11:33

NYT article discussing the Supap Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc case.

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More profoundly, the decision might even hasten the near-demise of print — spurring publishers into a digital world where they can license their books rather than sell them, adding some bells and whistles while gaining some protection from the first-sale clause.

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The Past, Present, and Future of Ownership

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Tue, 03/12/2013 - 12:15

Radio program - On the Media - A special hour on our changing understanding of ownership and how it is affected by the law. An author and professor who encourages creative writing through plagiarism, 3D printing, fan fiction & fair use, and the strange tale of who owns "The Happy Birthday Song"

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Copyright Alert System: Six strikes and you're out

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:26

This week the entertainment industry and American ISPs rolled out a system that aims to curb illegal media downloads. The system is designed to first notify users of copyright infringement, and then to curtail Internet connectivity in response to repeated offenses.

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Public Domain, My Dear Watson? Lawsuit Challenges Conan Doyle Copyrights

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:45

Some 125 years after his first appearance, Sherlock Holmes remains a hot literary property, inspiring thousands of pastiches, parodies and sequels in print, to saying nothing of the hit Warner Bros. film starring Robert Downey Jr. and such television series as “Elementary” and the BBC’s “Sherlock.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Public Imagination

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Sun, 01/20/2013 - 14:16

On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. did what he’d done countless times before: he began building a sermon. And in his sermons King relied on improvisation, drawing on sources and references that were limited only by his imagination and memory. It’s a gift — and a tradition — on full display in the "I Have A Dream" speech, but it’s also in conflict with the intellectual property laws that have been strenuously used by his estate since his death.

On the Media - Aaron Swartz

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Sun, 01/20/2013 - 14:12

On January 11, 26-year-old hacker, programmer, and activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide. He had a history of depression and faced federal prosecution for downloading millions of articles from the online academic article repository JSTOR. Brooke talks to Gawker's Adrian Chen, who wrote about Swartz's legal troubles this week.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #228

Submitted by StephenK on Sun, 01/13/2013 - 23:36

This week's program deals with Wikipedia hoaxing, an Internet icon, and a miscellany of brief items.

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