I just video-recorded a lecture on rights expression languages (RELs) that I’m giving as part of a mini-course at MIT on Computational Law. The MIT Media Lab is involved in the Open Music Initiative, and I met Dazza Greenwood, the MIT Media Lab researcher who runs the class, at an Open Music meeting last fall. […]

Seventeen years ago, the U.S. Copyright Office — Congress’s official advisor on copyright issues — published an opinion for Congress on whether there should be a first sale right for digital content: a right for consumers to alienate (sell, lend, rent, or give away) digital files, like the one that exists for physical items like […]

One of the big holiday gift choices this year is likely to be smart speakers, such as Amazon Echos and Google Homes. Here’s the funny thing about smart speakers: while everyone was getting excited — or worried — about them as home shopping devices or yet another way for tech companies to spy on users, […]

The U.S. Copyright Office has been involved in two important initiatives related to copyright and technology — and they’re going to talk about them at our next conference in NYC on January 16. Last month the USCO completed its latest rulemaking on exemptions to the law prohibiting circumvention of technical protection measures — e.g., hacks […]

I hope everyone in the United States who is able to vote today does so. Far less importantly, this blog has been nominated for a legal writing award in the Expert Institute’s Best Legal Blog, Legal Tech category. The contest rules are here. If you would like to vote (deadline is December 17), simply click […]

The agenda for Copyright and Technology 2019 is now published, and registration is live. Thanks once again to the Copyright Society of the USA and Jaybird Communications for extending their partnership to what will be our tenth annual conference. We have added a very exciting session to the morning lineup: a presentation on the Open […]

(This is somewhat off topic, but it has no “news peg,” so it’s not appropriate for my column in Forbes, and after trying some experiments on Medium, I’ve decided not to support their advertisers anymore. So I’m writing it here.) Several days ago, at the Digital Book World conference in Nashville, I was on a […]