Aaron Swartz, Civil Disobedience, and Harvard Ethics – Republish of July 2011 Post

Sorry, Aaron, I did not speak long enough or hard enough. [The July 14, 2011 United States criminal indictment of activist Aaron Swartz, inventor of RSS, for downloading mass quantities of academic journals, is Here.] The relevant American newspapers have two different takes on the Swartz indictment. Boston: “Aaron Swartz, a Cambridge web entrepreneur and […]

Inducing Copyright Infringement:R&B Hip Hop Artists Seek to Enjoin CNET from Reporting on File Sharing Software

Here is the brief filed by Kendall Brill and Fenwick & West in opposition to the motion seeking to enjoin the CNET reporting on Bit Torrent and other file sharing software: “a full year after they commenced this action, and a decade after the software reviews about which they complain.” Of course we see the […]

Disney Santa Paws Movie Does Not Infringe the Copyright of Santa Paws Short Story

“In the plaintiffs’ version, a dog embarks on a mission to save Christmas from a witch threatening to drain the world of holiday cheer with her magic icicle. In Disney’s version Santa Paws combats an evil icicle that threatens Christmas.” [Source, TheWrap: “Judge Dismisses ‘Santa Paws’ Copyright Lawsuit Against Disney” 9/20/2012] The precedent established here […]

Copyright Battle Literally Turns into Football Replay Review

The Australian High Court has refused to overturn a ruling holding Optus TV liable for copyright infringment for recording and showing from its cloud free over the air broadcasts of the Australian Football League. From Google/YouTube to Apple/Samsung to Sydney, Australia, the new battles of copyright and intellectual property war are being waged by massive […]

Massive Legal Fees Awarded Against Oxford Press in Library Fair Use Trial

A library defendant deep in the heart of Georgia will be awarded massive legal fees in its successful fair use defense of its library copying practices in Cambridge University Press et al v. Patton et al. We link to the Publishers Weekly August 10 article that is being read by publishers and libary clients alike […]

Google Drive Terms of Service Confuse and Cause Copyright Concerns

Cloud search firm Simplexo recently voiced concerns about who owns copyrights to documents stored in in Google Drive. Here is the link to the Terms of Service for the Google Apps Free Agreement. I have no idea why it is drafted this way, but here is the awkward excerpt: 7. Intellectual Property Rights; Brand Features. […]