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  • A US Federal Court judge has ruled that Google’s book scanning project constitutes “fair use” under copyright law. In 2004, Google began digitally copying books from several major libraries — initially Harvard, the University of Michigan, the New York Public Library, Oxford, and Stanford. More than 20 million books have been scanned so far. According […]

  • William is one of the IP litigators at our firm and he wrote this great article for anyone in a creative field on how to protect their rights.  It is longer than my usual posts, but it is full of valuable information.  As an intellectual property attorney, people often ask me what they should do […]

  • In a matter of first impression, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that an electronic signature can create a legally binding agreement to transfer copyright ownership. The decision relied on the federal E-Sign Act of 2000, which clarified that contracts cannot be invalidated simply because the signature is in electronic form. The Facts […]

  • Online copyright infringement shows no signs of slowing down, according to a new study commissioned by NBCUniversal and prepared by NetNames. Among the study’s findings — 432 million unique Internet users explicitly sought infringing content during just one month in 2013. The report, entitled “Sizing the Piracy Universe,” examined the three key regions where most […]

  • With the recent focus on copyright policy by the Obama Administration, it is clear that copyrights will gain an even higher significance as a component of American intellectual property. As previously discussed, the Department of Commerce recently released a green paper, entitled Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy, which is intended to advance […]

  • Victor Willis, likely more recognizable as the “police man” from the popular group the Village People, recently scored a significant copyright victory. After signing away his rights to popular songs like “YMCA” and “In the Navy” in the 1970s, he is again a rightful copyright owner. Willis, who helped write the lyrics to more than […]

  • As the United States works to modernize its copyright laws, another novel digital copyright issue has popped up in the United Kingdom. Music label Ministry of Sound alleges that Spotify committed copyright infringement by allowing users to create playlists that mirror Ministry of Sound’s compilation albums. As reported by the Guardian, the suit seeks an […]

  • If you watched coverage of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, you may have noticed that very few programs aired the speech in its entirety. That is because King’s remarks are protected by copyright until 2038. News organizations can air portions of the speech under the fair use doctrine […]

  • If you watched coverage of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, you may have noticed that very few programs aired the speech in its entirety. That is because King’s remarks are protected by copyright until 2038. News organizations can air portions of the speech under the fair use doctrine […]

  • Harvard University Law Professor Lawrence Lessig is fighting back against allegations that his online lecture posted on YouTube violates the copyright to a French pop song. Fittingly, Lessig is a respected expert on law and technology as well as an advocate for less restrictive copyright laws. The video in question was filmed during Lessig’s keynote […]