Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Libraries and Copyright

LLRX writes \"Library Digitization Projects and Copyright
Mary Minow\'s extensive guide for libraries documents the process of determining whether works have expired into the public domain so that they may then be made available via the Web.
See for June 28, 2002\"

You may know Mary from such sites as This one is worth a read!

The Smother of Invention

Forbes has a Piece on The 200-year-old U.S. Patent Office and how it is beginning to show its age.

They say after 200 years of lumbering down the tracks, the intellectual-property process in the United States is beginning to go off the rails. Branches of the government are intervening where they never have before. Opposing camps, many with money and influence, are forming. Small inventors are diverted from where they can make the greatest contributions. And a culture of litigation, circumvention, and secrecy has evolved from an area where openness and law had long ruled.

Webcasting Determination Announced by Librarian of Congress.

While listening to blues
on, I read on their home
page that the
Librarian of Congress announced the new royalty rate for Webcasting

Live365 was \"disappointed\" by the rate, \"seven one-hundredth of a cent,
per song, per performance, per listener,\" but still had up a request that
folk send a
\'thank you\' letter
to \"Senators Leahy
and Hatch to thank
them for their attention to this issue.\"  They held Senate hearings
on May 15th to discuss the webcasting rates.  The audio
of the hearings are currently archived
as part of 365\'s (slightly
quirky) government news radio stream collection
.  The site also
has a resource page on the CARP,
the \"Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel.\"

Webcaster, Webcast, Internet Web Radio Online, News

Spider Man, Star Wars Create Frenzy of Online Piracy

Illegal copies of Star Wars and Spider Man have already hit the black market, driving the occurrence of Net piracy to an all time high. According to statistics, the figures are up 20% from last year. More.

Top Ten New Copyright Crimes

Susanna writes \"hey..... we made it to the top of this guy\'s (humorous) List :-)\"

His #1 is \"Libraries and librarians.
This is why we have the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act. \"

Small software firm challenges digital copyright Law

Jen writes \"

A tiny DVD software tools company is ducking the Hollywood giants and challenging U.S. copyright laws. 321 Studios fears the studios want to squash it for selling software that lets you make lesser-quality copies of DVD movies. So it has asked a San Francisco court to declare that its DVD Copy Plus program does not violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The 1998 DMCA, reviled by proponents of fair use and free digital speech, deems it illegal to provide information or tools that circumvent copy control technology. Full Story

Online File Sharing & Pirates Blamed for Dip in Music Sales

From Newsbytes...

\"Internet file-sharing and commercial CD-pirating operations share the blame for a 5 percent drop in the value of recorded music sales last year, according an international record- company trade group. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) said today that the slide in global revenue to $33.7 billion represented a 6.5 percent drop in unit sales of all recorded music formats, including full-length CDs, CD singles and cassette tapes. Behind those numbers, said Jay Berman, the IFPI\'s chief executive, was \"a perfect storm (that) combined effects of mass copying and piracy, competition from other products and economic downturn.\"
\"The industry\'s problems reflect no fall in the popularity of recorded music,\" Berman said, \"Rather, they reflect the fact that the commercial value of music is being widely devalued by mass copying and piracy.\" The IFPI said that surveys in the U.S. and Germany, for example, \"show that mass copying and Internet piracy is directly replacing sales of CDs.\" More

Professor\'s Plagiarism of Grad\'s Research Led to Lawsuit.

The Chronicle\'s investigation unearthed a lot of evidence that a Cornell
professor repeatedly took credit for research done by a graduate student. 
The school\'s investigator called it \"\"permissible academic entrepreneurial
behavior.\"\"  The student feels she\'s had her \"\"life destroyed by a

a professor took credit for a graduate student\'s research, Cornell found
little amiss.
\" ... \"interviews with Ms. Demas [the grad student], her
professors, and Cornell officials, as well as a review of hundreds of pages
of court records, correspondence, and other documents, paint a stark case
of academic misappropriation.\"
-By Scott Smallwood


LISNews Keywords
-|- plagiarize

An ounce of acknowledgment is worth a pound of legal cure.

-Hermit :-!

...More Digital Piracy Cases

This story thoroughly describes the upcoming digital piracy cases. Anyone who needs to brush up on the basic arguments surrounding this issue should check this out! The differences between the new cases and the Napster case is explained especially well.

Mickey Mouse Protection Act

Standford professor and outspoken critic of copyright Lawrence Lessig spoke at this year\'s South by South West (SXSW) festival. In his lecture he railed against the corporate take over of copyright \"such as Walt Disney Co. have successfully pressed for extensions of copyright powers far beyond the intent of the Constitution\'s framers.\"

``We came from a free speech tradition,\'\' Lessig said. ``What happened? It\'s been bought off.\'\' Copyright has its place, and artists should be compensated for their works, Lessig said. But continually extending copyrights hurts society, he said. \"Artists rip, mix and burn the cultural past,\'\' Lessig said. ``There\'s no such thing as creativity that doesn\'t build on the past.\'\'

Read the full story.

Copy Protection Efforts Doomed to Fail

According to Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, \"efforts to copy protect music, movies or television shows are destined to fail. As film studios and recording studios urge Congress to extend copy protection to every home entertainment device, Andreessen said the entertainment industry need look no further than the software industry\'s own expensive, failed attempts at encryption to realize it is ineffective at stopping piracy.\" More from Silicon Valley.

Digital Piracy... The Debate Continues

This story discusses recent developments in the digital content protection debate. Researchers recently announced that software alone cannot prevent digital piracy. There is much opposition, however, to a proposed bill that would require hardware manufacturers to develop anti-copying devices and other digital piracy prevention features.

Battle Intensifies Over Right to Copy

jen writes \"Consumer, industry groups joust in Congress over rights and wrongs of sharing, seeing, and storing digital entertainment.

PC World Story

A hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday was a coming-out party for, a consumer group that aims to protect fair use rights to save, copy, and move movies and music you own. Cofounder Joe Kraus testified alongside representatives of entertainment firms and technology companies. \"

Presenting Copyright issues to highschool teacher

Russell McOrmond passed along Presentation Notes given to a group of teachers at their professional development day on copyright reform consultation.

He provides answers to questions like; \"The \"socialist\" ideas presented in this discussion may be easier to morally justify, but we live in a capitalist society.
\", \"What is Microsoft \".NET\"? \", and \"If you don\'t restrict peoples ability to copy, how do you make money?\".

Supreme Court To Hear Internet Copyright Challenge

Hiawatha Bray writes...

\"A New Hampshire man\'s challenge to the federal copyright law is on its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. And if Eric Eldred of East Derry is victorious, the nation\'s recording companies, book publishers, and movie studios could lose control of vast libraries of intellectual property worth billions of dollars.\"

Entertainment Public Performance Movie Copyright Compliance for Public Libraries

The following was posted to a listserv and is being submitted verbatim (so to speak).$presentations/movliclib.pdf

\"ST. LOUIS - Movie Licensing USA, Licensing Agent for Walt Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, DreamWorks, Columbia, Sony, MGM and other major motion picture studios, now provides Movie Copyright Compliance Site Licensing to public libraries for the public performance of entertainment videos. The Movie License ensures copyright compliance for showing of films in the library facilities which were produced by the studios represented.

Copyright Debate Getting Hotter

From Wired News...

\"Copies of old books, movies and songs are being lost before they can be archived because Congress has over-reached its authority by extending copyright terms on creative works. Hundreds of thousands of works will be kept from the public domain for another 20 years unless the statute is overturned.\" More

Still More

Intellectual Property Ecology

Troy Johnson writes \" Good article on ecology of intellectual property that discusses how the oppossing sides of the intellectual property debate may have shared interest that they need to look out for. The shared interest are similar to how bird watchers and bird hunters have a shared interest in preserving birds.

Creative Commons: Lessig copyright project.

Troy Johnson of writes \"This is an article about a project being created by Lawrence Lessig, a copyright law professor at Stanford, that will help authors and artist get more flexible licenses for their work.

The project is called Creative Commons and it will allow authors and artist to download licenses that have more options than current copyright. \"

They have a Site in place, no content yet though. See also: Story.

The Great Giveaway

/. pointed out this New Scientist story on open source. The article is also Copylefted.

They say open source has come to embody a political stand--one that values freedom of expression, mistrusts corporate power, and is uncomfortable with private ownership of knowledge. It\'s \"a broadly libertarian view of the proper relationship between individuals and institutions\".


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