One of the things I have noticed over the past few years is how much easier the type of research I like to do is getting. No longer do I have to go to one of the massive university libraries; no longer do I have to wait for inter-library loan. No longer do I have … Continue reading The Changes Around Us
In yesterday's New York Times, a lawyer named Michael Rips presented a piece entitled "Fair Use, Art, Swiss Cheese and Me" about the artist DavideSalle's use of a picture of him. He ends:It is David Salle and the artistic movement with which he is associated, and to which he has greatly contributed, that give value … Continue reading Constricting Art Through "Ownership"
After enactment of the first copyright law in England in 1710 (the Statute of Anne), rights to works reverted to the author after a period of 14 years--if the author were alive. If not, the works entered the public domain. A living writer could renew copyright for an additional 14 years. Reversion to authorial control, … Continue reading Copyright Reversion
An Australian musician named Dan Beazley has written a nice essay on music "piracy" that reminds me once again how we have allowed corporate copyright defenders define the debate over "intellectual property." Beazley writes:Music fans who colonise the world wide web have embraced the remixing, curative, collaborative and sharing capabilities of Web 2.0 Technologies. They are motivated … Continue reading Perhaps It’s the Terms that Are the Culprits
In its next term, the Supreme Court will take up the case Supap Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons where Kirtsaeng purchased Wiley textbooks at their low price in Thailand, shipped them to the US, and resold them. While I do think that Wiley is overstepping its copyright prerogatives (if they want to stop this sort … Continue reading The ‘First Sale’ Conundrum and Intellectual Property
In one of my chapters, "Intellectual Property in a Digital Age," of Robert Leston's and my book Beyond the Blogosphere: Information and Its Children, I write:The laws and economic models in use today do not reflect... changing realities of either IP [Intellectual Property] or of the possibilities of copying. At some point, in law at … Continue reading Stealing a Copy?
It's appropriate to contemporary discussions of the ownership of Intellectual Property (IP) that Isaac Newton's famous "If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants" was not original (it goes back, in England, at least to John of Salisbury in the 12th century). What's perplexing is that we … Continue reading On the Shoulders