Category Archive: copyright

The Changes Around Us

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… Continue reading

Constricting Art Through "Ownership"

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:… Continue reading

Copyright Reversion

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… Continue reading

Perhaps It’s the Terms that Are the Culprits

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… Continue reading

The ‘First Sale’ Conundrum and Intellectual Property

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… Continue reading

Stealing a Copy?

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… Continue reading

On the Shoulders

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… Continue reading

Theft of Intellectual Property: Defining the Debate

In his column “Steal This Column” in today’s New York Times, Bill Keller quotes Sandra Day O’Connor on copyright and the Constitution (from a decision I also quote, in my chapter on Intellectual… Continue reading

SOPA and PIPA: Who Are the Pirates?

We forget, in our discussions of piracy of Intellectual Property, that those complaining loudest about piracy are pirates themselves. Or, at least, are the descendants of pirates, still profiting by the piracy of… Continue reading

SOPA, PIPA, and the Strangling of Creativity

There’s not much I want to add to this today, except to applaud those sites going black to draw attention to what happens when we constrict the commons, as we have been doing… Continue reading