Best Copyright Notice Ever?

This one’s made the rounds before, but I just came across it again and it’s just too good not to share. The great German artist, Albrecht Dürer, was fortunate enough to be very popular during his own lifetime. But, unfortunately, this led to other artists passing off fakes of his works. Fed up with the […]

Google’s “Chutzpadik” Book Scanning

Back in September of 2005, a certain legal blogger had this to say about the then-nascent Google book scanning project: And on the Google issue, I share publishers’ concerns. . . . Absent permission, I see no way for it to be considered fair use or covered by Section 108. The chutzpadik manner in which […]

Ninth Circuit Clarifies Two Criminal Copyright Mens Rea Standards

In an opinion filed the 1st of October,1 the Ninth Circuit addressed the proper meaning of “willfully” under Section 506(a)(1) of Title 17,2 the federal criminal copyright infringement statute, and “knowingly” under Section 2318(a)(1) of Title 18,3 the federal criminal trafficking in counterfeit labels statute. The district court below had treated both standards as ones […]

Techdirt: Copyright Extensions Are Thefts, But Infringements Are Not

Techdirt’s Mike Masnick had a curious post this past Monday concerning the Copyright and Duration of Rights in Performances Regulations 2013, which came into force on November 1st in the U.K. The Regulations, which implement the provisions of Directive 2011/77/EU of the European Parliament, extend certain copyright terms in the U.K. from 50 to 70 […]

Great Resource: The Legal Theory Lexicon

I’ve been a fan of the Legal Theory Blog, put together by Professor Lawrence B. Solum at Georgetown Law, for a while. I’m taking a class on jurisprudence at the moment, and my professor has pointed me to another part of that blog that’s a great go-to resource for understanding various legal theories: the Legal […]