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June 29 at 10:10am

What Can Film Biz Learn From The Fashion Industry?

The Fashion Industry has no copyright protection on design (only on trademarks). And their revenues are colossal. #JustSaying

This is a great lecture by Johanna Blakely and totally worth thinking about.


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January 24 at 1:00pm

Most People Feel It Is Okay To Share Content

TorrentFreak reported last week:

One of the most comprehensive studies into media sharing and consumption habits in the United States and Germany reveals that nearly half of the populations have copied, shared or downloaded music, movies, and TV shows. Sharing occurs both on- and offline, but the latter is seen as reasonable by most people. The report does, however, reveal that online file-sharers consume more music than their non-file-sharing counterparts.

Today the American Assembly, a non-partisan public policy forum affiliated with Columbia University, published [...]


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June 29 at 11:16am

G’head, PROVE I Don’t Have The Right To Copy Your Work!

As Variety has reported:

U.S. District Judge Louis L. Stanton’s decision against Viacom and in favor of Google and YouTube placed the onus on copyright holders to identify specific instances of infringement and then inform websites to remove the pirated content. If the sites do so promptly, they are shielded from liability.


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September 26 at 2:36pm

Why Copyright Filtering Should Not Be Part Of The Natl Broadband Plan

http://www.publicknowledge.org/node/2568

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May 29 at 11:33am

EFF’s Teaching Copyright

EFF’s TEACHING COPYRIGHT was created to help teachers teach copyright in a fair and balanced way.  Check it out.

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March 6 at 11:36am

Citizen Media Law Project

As their site explains:

CMLP’s legal guide is intended for use by citizen media creators with or without formal legal training and focuses on the wide range of legal issues citizen and online media are likely to face, including risks associated with publication, such as defamation and privacy torts; copyright; trademark; access to government information; newsgathering; and general legal issues involved in setting up a business and finding a web host. You can access the guide here

Knowing your legal rights and responsibilities is important for anyone who publishes online. The CMLP’s legal guide addresses the legal issues you may encounter as you gather information and publish your work. The guide is intended for use by citizen media creators with or without formal legal training, as well as others with an interest in these issues.


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December 5 at 11:45am

The Google Book Supplement


Scott Macauley over at the Filmmaker Magazine Blog hipped us to this podcast.

Link to it here.
Host Jonathan Kirsch, an attorney specializing in intellectual property and publishing law, moderates a panel discussion on a landmark literary-legal settlement. It allows Google to scan and make available online many out-of-print but still-copyrighted books. The settlement portends a viable digital future for authors, publishers and libraries. Is there any downside?


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