Making Money by Being Evil, Google Is!

My colleague and friend Jonathan Askin has a great op-ed in TechCrunch, comparing the Google-Verizon deal on network neutrality to Star Wars. This is doubly fun for us geeks!

Is the DMCA Still Controversial?

It’s easy to understand why the Digital Millennium Copyright Act caused an uproar when it was enacted twelve years ago. Nominally in the name of deterring piracy, Congress acted directly to regulate the creation, use, and distribution of the sorts of tools that potentially could be used to infringe copyright. As written, however, the statute [...]

Now in Print: Termination and Open-Content Licensing

The Summer issue of the Harvard Journal on Legislation, now available in print and online, includes my article “Shrinking the Commons: Termination of Copyright Licenses and Transfers for the Benefit of the Public,” which I previously blogged about here. The article highlights a problem in copyright law (previously discussed by Lydia Loren and Anthony Reese, [...]

The Google Defection

I’ve noted before how often the battle over network neutrality gets cast as a fight between service providers and content providers — between the owners of the pipes and the owners of the stuff that flows through them. The large-scale consumer activism on the issue, which has aligned with the content owners in favor of [...]

Breach Boys and California Gurls

Here’s today’s entry in the IP Overreaching Hall of Shame. According to the New York Post: Reps for the Beach Boys are threatening to sue Katy Perry after she included their classic line “I wish they all could be California Girls,” in her song “California Gurls.” Rondor Music has fired off a letter to Perry’s [...]