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Copyright Week Day 2: Honoring the Public Domain Through Policy

…It's Copyright Week! From today through Saturday, a number of groups around the Web will be exchanging ideas, information, and actions about how to fix copyright law for the better. Each day will be devoted to a different aspect of copyright law. For more on Copyright Week, see here.Today's focus…

Copyright Alliance and AAP welcome re-introduction of anti-open access bill

…Two publisher groups which supported the Conyers bill the last time around are supporting it again. No surprises here. From the Statement of Patrick Ross, Executive Director of the Copyright Alliance, February 4, 2009: The Copyright Alliance praises House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers for introducing HR-801, the Fair Copyright…

Be Careful Whose IP Policy You Sleep With

…Last week, a French court found eBay liable for allowing “counterfeit” Louis Vuitton and Dior Couture merchandise to be auctioned on its site. The price tag: almost $65 million. This comes on top of the $30k fine eBay was handed a few weeks ago for allowing fake Hermes bags to…

Uri Geller Attempts to Bend Territoriality Using Only His Lawyers

…Today, Public Knowledge signs onto an amicus brief with Google, the American Library Association, and several other like-minded organizations, in the slightly bizarre case of Explorologist Ltd. v. Brian Sapient. In that case, Uri Geller (most famous for his apparent ability to bend spoons) attempts to use foreign copyright law…

House Hearing on IP Enforcement

…Yesterday, Gigi testified before the House IP Subcommittee on H.R. 4279, an IP enforcement bill that threatens to increase penalties for copyright infringement. We've got her written testimony here, as well as a press release here. One of our biggest concerns, the disaggregation of damages, was echoed by a wide…

In the News

…William Patry blogs that if the defendant (who copied the compilations) had succeeded, it would have created a dangerous double standard for determining copyright infringement between the traditional 'substantial similarity' and an unprecedented 'virtual similarity'. The New York Times covers Larry Lessig's retirement from the Free Culture/Creative Commons movement to…

Copyright expert Patry: Term too long

…William Patry argues, inter alia, the copyright term is too long. Here's the relevant text: From a policy standpoint, I think the duration of copyright is way too long. Whether "life plus 50 [years]" was correct or not I think can only be answered by taking into account what we…

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