Latest Fair use Stories

2008-09-05 03:00:10

By Bergman, Alan When it comes to understanding the law, everything begins and ends with the Constitution. So it should come as no surprise that this venerable document, created in 1789, is the battleground for the raging debate about what, if any, limitations there should be on dissemination of copyrighted material on the Internet. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution empowers Congress, 'To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and...

2008-08-17 16:05:00

Digital piracy is moving into a new arena with the emergence of a nascent Web site called Mygazines.com, which encourages users to copy and upload popular magazine titles currently selling on newsstands. It couldn't come at a worse time for the magazine industry, which is facing declining sales and ad revenue. With some 16,000 registered users as of last week, the new Web site allows visitors to peruse high-quality, full digital copies of many current publications, including The Economist,...

2008-08-10 15:00:25

By Robert Levine The D.J. Girl Talk has won positive reviews for his new album and news media attention for its Radiohead-style pay-what-you-want pricing, and he is scheduled to play a high-profile gig at the All Points West festival this weekend in Jersey City, New Jersey. Not bad for an artist whose music may be illegal. Girl Talk, whose real name is Gregg Gillis, makes danceable musical collages out of short clips from other people's songs; there are more than 300 samples on "Feed the...

2008-07-04 03:00:11

By Koehler, Wallace Google and Fair Use In a January 2008 Searcher article, Beth Ashmore and Jill Grogg discuss the Open Content Alliance (OCA) and Amazon.com's book digitization projects. They point out that Amazon and OCA did not invent book digitization and acknowledge the dragon in the corner - Google Book Search. As important and interesting as all projects by Google are, Google, by virtue of its size and leverage and because of its digitization model, has assumed dinosaur proportions...

2008-06-25 12:10:00

The Associated Press unleashed a firestorm in the blogosphere earlier this month when it demanded that a political site take down AP content it said violated copyrights. Bloggers, including Michael Arrington of TechCrunch.com and Markos Moulitas of Daily Kos, cried foul, saying the AP's move threatened the free flow of information over the Web. The furor abated a few days later when the AP tempered its demands. But the dustup between the AP and bloggers was just an early skirmish in what's...

2005-12-12 19:02:41

NEW YORK -- U.S. publisher HarperCollins said on Monday it plans to convert some 20,000 books in its catalog into digital form in a bid to rein in potential copyright violations on the Internet. The move comes as the U.S. publishing industry is bringing lawsuits against Web search leader Google Inc. over its effort to scan copyrighted books in libraries -- a move the industry fears would set a dangerous copyright precedent. Chief executive Jane Friedman said HarperCollins, a division of News...

2005-11-10 17:58:49

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People who attempt to copy music or movies without permission could face jail time under legislation proposed by the U.S. Justice Department on Thursday. The bill, outlined by U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales at an anti-piracy summit, would widen intellectual-property protections to cover those who try but fail to make illicit copies of music, movies, software or other copyrighted material. It would also enable investigators to seize assets purchased...

2005-10-19 12:45:13

By Eric Auchard SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Five major publishers filed suit against Google Inc. in Manhattan's federal court on Wednesday seeking to block plans to scan copyrighted works without permission. The complaint lodged in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Google names as plaintiffs McGraw-Hill Cos. Inc., Pearson Plc's Pearson Education and Penguin Group (USA) units, Viacom Inc.'s Simon & Schuster and John Wiley & Sons Inc. The...

Word of the Day
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.