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Google Book Search Lawsuit Settled, Fair Use Questions Remain : Settlement proposes Book Rights Regi

October 28, 2008 Fair Use , Orphan Works , Public Domain

It's been announced today that Google has settled the massive lawsuits filed against it by a series of publishers and authors for its Book Search program. The program had scanned in tons of books into a database, making public domain works available online to the public, while providing a searchable database of copyrighted books that would display only snippets of text to the searcher.

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How About a VRO?

June 23, 2008 Fair Use , Orphan Works

George Washington Law School hosted a symposium on June 18 as part of their “Creative Industries in Transition: New Directions for the Digital Era” series. The talk was co-sponsored by BMI and was, therefore, unsurprisingly about the importance of performance rights organizations(PROs), such as BMI and ASCAP, and their place in the digital future.

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Responding to Your Comments on Orphan Works

May 29, 2008 Orphan Works , Piracy

Ever since my policy blog and Huffington Post responses to Larry Lessig's New York Times op-ed on orphan works last week, I have received a large number of fairly unfriendly comments and emails. I won't quote them here for fear of being sued for copyright infringement (I wish I was kidding). Rather than respond to each one individually, I address the vast majority of the arguments raised in this speech, which I will be giving today at a conference at the University of Maryland University College. I look forward to a new barrage of comments.

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Searching for the Possible in the Orphan Works Debate

May 20, 2008 Orphan Works , Public Domain

I never like to disagree with my friends in public; particularly friends like Larry Lessig, who I greatly admire and who, through his 24-7 work as the first populist copyright reformer, made the existence of organizations like Public Knowledge possible.

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Microsoft Zune and NBC Universal Copyright Filtering Collaboration

May 8, 2008 Fair Use , Filtering , Network Neutrality , Orphan Works , Piracy

If you haven’t read about it, the New York Times reported yesterday that: Microsoft May Build a Copyright Cop Into Every Zune. Essentially, the large content provider would withhold their content from a distributor unless the distributor put in effective measures to prevent against piracy. We’re not talking about DRM here, we’re talking about filtering software, whether it resides on the playback device like a Zune or iPod, or in the software on a syncing computer that stores the consumers’ library of music and movies like the Zune or iTunes software. This software would troll your library checking for content that was somehow infringing or unauthorized. It may even be spyware that could report back to someone about the contents of your media library.

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