The Associated Press, Fair Use, and Counting with Cookie Monster

On reading about the dispute between the Associated Press and the Drudge Retort, I wondered immediately if AP had hired the Count from Sesame Street, and whether Cookie Monster blogs. Copyright fights with bloggers are nothing new. Heck, they even show up in divorce proceedings occasionally. But this looks like serious overreaching by AP, for […]

California Also Comes Out Against Child Porn

Recently, after New York Attorney General Cuomo browbeat 3 major ISPs into dropping large chunks of Usenet in the name of reducing access to child porn, I predicted that other states would rapidly hop on the bandwagon. California – always envious of New York’s position as a trendsetter – has jumped on. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger […]

Creative Commons is Hiring

The ccLearn project is looking for a counsel and assistant director. Looks like an attractive opportunity for lawyers with an interest in cyber rights issues, IP law, and education. It also sounds like the ccLearn people ought to be talking to the eLangdell people.

An Open Access Success Story, Just in Time for CALI

I’m traveling to Baltimore tomorrow, where I’ll be speaking later this week at UMD, one of the few law schools that can claim to be older than my own. The occasion is this year’s CALI Conference for Law School Computing, and I’ll be delivering an updated version of my talk on the open access movement. […]

Iowa Flood Blog & Flickr Photostream

The recent midwest flooding has hit Iowa particularly hard. My thoughts are with those whose lives have been directly affected. I also, however, want to recognize the University of Iowa‘s particularly effective use of Web 2.0 tools to document the ongoing crisis and the university’s response: they have been maintaining a very informative flood blog […]

Round 2: Time Warner Gets It Wrong, and the French Follow the Model

Update: I should have read more carefully: Time Warner and Verizon confirmed they’re not going to block any Web sites. I’ve changed text below to reflect that. Yesterday, I posted a quick analysis of the new policy (using the methodology I propose in a new draft paper) undertaken by Sprint, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable […]

Filtering, American-Style: Verizon, Sprint, Time Warner Cable to Block Child Porn

Filtering: it’s not just for China anymore. (Or Australia, India, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Korea…) Internet censorship via technological means is a growing trend, and now it’s surfaced in the U.S. Three major ISPs have agreed, under pressure from New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, to block access to Usenet groups and Web […]

And Then I Carried You… Into Court.

Fun article in the Washington Post about a copyright dispute over the banal “Footprints in the Sand” poem that’s a favorite of poster stores and greeting cards everywhere. There are at least 3 contenders for authorship of (and copyright in) the poem. Why would anyone be eager to claim credit for this annoyingly trite set […]

Public records, one JPEG at a time?

To its credit, the U.S. government has placed a tremendous quantity of legal information online. You can look up any patent ever issued at the USPTO’s web site and see either the full text (since 1976) or a scanned image (since 1790) of the issued patent. Pending legislation can be downloaded from THOMAS, which also […]