Further Thoughts on Infringement as Conversion

After my last post discussing the holding in Flo & Eddie v. Sirius XM that the defendant had converted the plaintiff’s property when it publicly performed its pre-1972 sound recordings without a license, someone asked me how that holding is reconcilable with the Supreme Court’s statement in Dowling v. United States that “interference with copyright […]

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 […]

Why Copyright Infringement is Theft

Cross-posted on the Copyhype blog. In the never-ending copyright debate, one often comes across certain words the usage of which both sides vehemently disagree upon. One such point of contention is the use of the word “theft” to describe copyright infringement. Ars Technica ran an article a few years back where Vice President Joe Biden […]