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The Legal Blog of The Copyright Alliance

Dec 4, 2014
In October, the Eleventh Circuit weighed in on the copyright implications of digital coursepacks in Cambridge v. Becker. The court considered the question of when it is a fair use for professors to copy and upload excerpts of copyrighted articles for students’ use online; a practice that in the...
Oct 22, 2014
Last week, the Eleventh Circuit handed down a long-awaited decision in Cambridge v. Becker with important implications for fair use in an educational setting. The majority opinion reversed the district court’s holding, which had previously concluded that 43 of 48 allegedly infringing uses were...
Oct 22, 2014
On October 15, 2014 Wikileaks leaked a draft version of the IP Chapter of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), a free trade agreement currently under negotiation among twelve countries: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the U.S. and...
Oct 16, 2014
The conventional wisdom is that creativity and innovation are at odds in the digital age. On October 9 and 10, the Center for Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) held a conference to explore how accurate this story actually is. The two-day event, Common Ground: How Intellectual Property...
Oct 6, 2014
The following post is by Marissa Lewis, an attorney at Copyright Alliance Legal Advisory Board member Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard.   Photographer Michael Kienitz (“Kienitz”) appealed the Western District Court of Wisconsin’s decision to grant summary judgment in favor of Sconnie Nation...
Sep 16, 2014
Yesterday, the Copyright Alliance and our Grassroots members submitted comments before the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights highlighting the public benefits of effective copyright protection. Last June 6, the Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights, Ms. Farida Shaheed...
Aug 19, 2014
Today, the U.S. Copyright Office released a public draft of the Third Edition of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices. The Compendium explains the services of the Copyright Office in detail and in a language that is accessible to the public. The draft version is scheduled to become...
Jul 17, 2014
In recent days, copyright skeptics voiced their support for the adoption of a “Notice & Notice” system to address third-party infringement occurring on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in an event parallel to the latest round of negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)....
Jun 26, 2014
Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its 6-3 decision in American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo, Inc. In an opinion drafted by Justice Breyer, the Court reversed the Second Circuit and concluded that Aereo’s service infringes the broadcasters’ copyright because it transmits to the public within the...
Jun 19, 2014
The following is by Simon Pulman, an associate at Copyright Alliance Legal Advisory Board member Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP (CDAS). It was originally published on the CDAS Legal Blog and is reprinted here with permission. Digital and direct distribution options have created new...

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