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Copyright Enters the Twilight Zone (A Series of Controversial Decisions May Not Be as Bad as They Seem: Part Two)

If you read the first part of this two-part post on some bizarre copyright decisions emanating from federal courts in 2018, you know I left you with a cliffhanger. Copyright law was seemingly turned on its head when a federal court judge in New York declared that embedding tweets with photos could be considered direct … Continue Reading

Copyright Enters the Twilight Zone (A Series of Controversial Decisions May Not Be All that They Seem: Part One)

[Editor’s Note:  This is the first of a two-part episode on three copyright decisions issued by federal courts in 2018 that relate to the use of photos in news reporting; the second part will be posted next week.] Picture for a moment a man. Not an ordinary man by any stretch. This man is Tom … Continue Reading

Simon Socking it to Seiko?

According to this article, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is suing timepiece maker Seiko for copyright infringement based on Seiko’s use of the melody to "Bridge Over Troubled Water" as the wakeup chime for a line of alarm clocks.   The lesson behind this one is clear:  copyright infringement is not limited to unauthorized … Continue Reading

Ads Away . . . DVR Use Could Expand After Court Ruling

Score one for the cable guys…a big one.  A federal appeals court in New York has ruled that a cable company violates no copyrights when it provides virtual digital video recorder services, commonly known as "network DVRs".  Network DVRs store programming on the cable company’s computers.  That means TIVO-like service without the need of a … Continue Reading
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