Idea/Expression

The Legal Blog of The Copyright Alliance

Apr 16, 2014
On Monday, in addition to the Copyright Alliance, six different parties filed amicus briefs before the Second Circuit in the Google Books case. Several Copyright Alliance members took part in the briefs. Below, you will find a short summary and the links to the full versions of each brief. JON...
Apr 15, 2014
Yesterday, the Copyright Alliance filed an amicus brief before the Second Circuit in the Google Books case (Authors Guild v. Google), in support of Authors’ Guild. The Copyright Alliance believes the undisputed gains made possible by mass digitization can and should be attained without sacrificing...
Apr 8, 2014
On Monday, the six major U.S. motion picture studios filed a lawsuit against now defunct cyberlocker Megaupload and its executives, alleging massive copyright infringement. The civil lawsuit is in addition to an ongoing criminal action against Megaupload and its executives brought by the U.S. in...
Mar 25, 2014
“The public good fully coincides...with the claims of individuals,” wrote James Madison of the Constitution’s Copyright Clause, which secures the exclusive rights of creators. These rights, like any form of private property, serve as the building blocks of a free market, promoting economic growth...
Mar 24, 2014
The following article was written by Couper Turkewitz, a research associate at American Continental Group. As copyright law once again moves into Congress’ sights, more effort is being placed into researching the effects of file sharing on the market. Dr. Glynn Lunney a professor at Tulane...
Mar 4, 2014
The following post comes from Peter Menell, Koret Professor of Law and Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at& University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). The Supreme Court will soon confront whether Aereo’s service—which affords subscribers access to over-...
Dec 16, 2013
On Thursday, the U.S. Copyright Office released a new report on resale royalty rights for visual artists. This right “would give artists a percentage of the amount paid for a work each time the work is resold by another party.” After two rounds of public inquiries and based on legal and art market...
Dec 13, 2013
Yesterday, the US Patent and Trademark Office hosted an all-day public meeting on a number of hot button topics in copyright law in the digital age. The meeting was an outgrowth of a green paper released by the Internet Policy Task Force – a collaboration between the PTO and the National...
Dec 4, 2013
Fed Circuit hears Oracle v Google arguments This morning, the Federal Circuit dove into the wild and wooly world of software copyright,hearing oral arguments in Oracle v. Google. The case between the two juggernauts could have enormous implications for the software industry, which contributes...
Nov 22, 2013
On Tuesday, November 19th, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held oral arguments in the ongoing Cambridge v. Becker case, which concerns the applicability of fair use to digital course packets. The case, in which the Copyright Alliance filed an amicus brief last February, revolves around the...

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