Do As I Say, Not As I Do: Google’s Patent Transparency Hypocrisy

Cross-posted from the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) blog. It is common today to hear that it’s simply impossible to search a field of technology to determine whether patents are valid or if there’s even freedom to operate at all. We hear this complaint about the lack of transparency in finding “prior […]

The Turtles, the Lone Ranger, & the Attack of the Zombie Copyrights

Flo & Eddie, Inc., owned by two founding members of “The Turtles,” has scored another victory in its ongoing efforts to protect its pre-1972 sound recordings. Last October, Flo & Eddie sued Pandora, stating four separate claims for relief against the internet radio service. The first claim was that Pandora had violated its statutory rights […]

Nimmer Changes His Tune: “Making Available” is Distribution

Cross-posted on the Copyhype blog. One topic of debate in copyright is over whether simply “making available” a file on a peer-to-peer network is itself a violation of the distribution right.1 The courts have been split on the issue.2 Professor Peter S. Menell explains the controversy: Interpreting “distribute” narrowly, some courts have held that copyright […]