Topic Archives: copyright

Oracle v. Google – or How a File Cabinet beat Harry Potter

The Oracle v. Google case, currently on appeal before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, will decide whether APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) are copyrightable subject matter under section 102(a) and 102(b) of the Copyright Act. But it is … Continue reading

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2014 Symposium: Fair Use for Free, or Permitted-but-Paid?

BTLJ is excited to welcome Jane C. Ginsburg of Columbia Law School on April 3–4, 2014 to the 18th Annual BTLJ/BCLT Symposium: The Next Great Copyright Act. This is a summary of Professor Ginsburg’s topic of discussion and forthcoming article: Fair use has gone off the rails, … Continue reading

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2014 Symposium: Copyrightable Subject Matter in the Next Great Copyright Act

BTLJ is excited to welcome R. Anthony Reese of UC Irvine School of Law on April 3–4, 2014 to the 18th Annual BTLJ/BCLT Symposium: The Next Great Copyright Act. This is a summary of Professor Reese’s topic of discussion and forthcoming article: Drafting the Next … Continue reading

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2014 Symposium: Copyright Licensing and Fair Use

BTLJ is excited to welcome Rebecca Tushnet of Georgetown Law School on April 3–4, 2014 to the 18th Annual BTLJ/BCLT Symposium: The Next Great Copyright Act. This is a summary of Professor Tushnet’s topic of discussion and forthcoming article, All of This Has Happened Before and … Continue reading

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2014 Symposium: Reforming Section 108 for Libraries and Archives

BTLJ is excited to welcome David R. Hansen of UNC Law School on April 3–4, 2014 to the 18th Annual BTLJ/BCLT Symposium: The Next Great Copyright Act. This is a summary of Mr. Hansen’s topic of discussion and forthcoming article: U.S. libraries, archives, and museums are … Continue reading

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2014 Symposium: Legislating Digital Exhaustion

BTLJ is excited to welcome Aaron Perzanowski of Case Western Reserve University Law School and Jason Schultz of New York University Law School on April 3–4, 2014 to the 18th Annual BTLJ/BCLT Symposium: The Next Great Copyright Act. This is a summary of the authors’ topic … Continue reading

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Canada’s Approach to Intermediary Liability for Copyright Infringement: the Notice and Notice Procedure

In 2012, Canada adopted the Copyright Modernization Act as a comprehensive reform of Canadian copyright law and addressed the issue of liability for copyright infringement by online intermediaries. Rather than adopting a “Notice and Takedown” procedure like the United States … Continue reading

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Advocacy and the Start-up Recording Artist

On February 8, 2014, California Lawyers for the Arts presented this year’s 31st annual Music Business Seminar at Berkeley Law School. Music industry professionals gathered around the theme theme, “21st Century Musician: Making a Living Making Music.” As the name … Continue reading

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Jury Awards in File-Sharing Cases Add Fuel to Debate on Copyright Act Reform

The cases Capitol Records, Inc. v. Thomas-Rasset The plaintiffs, Capitol Records, Inc., Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Arista Records LLC, Interscope Records, UMG Recordings, Inc., and Warner Bros. Records, filed suit against Jammie Thomas-Rasset under the Copyright Act seeking statutory damages … Continue reading

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EU’s Attempt to Address the Thorny Orphan Works Problem

The Orphan Works Directive 2012/28/EU was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 27 October 2012. This post provides an overview of the main provisions set forth by the Directive and describes the approach used by the … Continue reading

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