Capitol Records Prevails in ReDigi Case

A federal district judge comes down hard on the digital music resale startup.

ReDigi Gets RIAA Nastygram

A music startup operating in a legal gray area gets a predictable wrist-slap from the major labels.

Copyright and Technology 2018 – Earlybird Expires Tomorrow

The earlybird discount for the Copyright and Technology 2018 conference expires tomorrow, December 20. The event will take place on Tuesday January 16 at Fordham Law School’s beautiful new facility near Lincoln Center in west midtown Manhattan.  I’m also pleased to announce that Booxtream, the provider of e-book watermarking  technology, will be a Gold Sponsor, […]

Setting the Agenda for Copyright and Technology 2018 Conference

Summer’s here and the time is right for planning the agenda for the next Copyright and Technology Conference — which will be in NYC in late January 2018 (exact date TBD), now in its ninth year and once again in partnership with the Copyright Society of the USA. For those of you who have attended […]

What Does Ownership Mean in the Digital Age?

When you hit a “buy” button on Amazon, iTunes, or another digital content retail service, do you actually own what you’ve paid money for?  If you look at most retailers’ terms of service, the answer is no: you are licensing it on some terms that the retailer sets, which usually don’t amount to ownership.  In […]

The ECJ’s Inconclusive Ruling on Library E-Book Lending

We’ve been looking for a while at the question of whether First Sale rights apply to digital files.  If you get an e-book or music download, can you resell, lend, or give it away to someone else — as you can with physical products like print books or music CDs?  The library community has gotten excited […]

PTO Weighs In on Digital First Sale

A little-known fact about the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is that it advises the executive branch of government (the president and his administration) on copyright issues — just as the US Copyright Office advises Congress on copyright.  Although the Copyright Office’s efforts over the past couple of years to overhaul the country’s copyright […]

Digimarc Launches Social DRM for E-books

Digimarc finally realizes the synergies of its acquisition of Attributor two years ago.

Public Knowledge Weighs In on Digital First Sale

Sherwin Siy looks at the history of first sale case law to find evidence that first sale should be extrapolated to the digital age.

Supreme Court Affirms First Sale in Kirtsaeng Case

The Supreme Court established that first sale rights apply to media products manufactured outside the US when brought into the country. What does this decision portend for digital first sale?