Author Archives: Bill Rosenblatt

Article on Blockchain and Music

I have an article on blockchain technology in the music industry that has just been published in the American Bar Association’s Entertainment and Sports Lawyer journal Winter 2019 issue. A few errors in case citations crept in during production, so I thought I’d put the corrections on record here: p. 18: the citation should be […]

R.I.P. UV

Last week the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) announced that it is winding down the UltraViolet system for interoperability of digital video. The service will shut down at the end of July. This step – widely seen as inevitable for the last couple of years – is a milestone in the gradual demise of consumer […]

Lecture and Presentation on Rights Expression Languages

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. […]

For Digital First Sale, It’s Still 2001

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 […]

Smart Speakers Are Table Radios for the Digital Age

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, […]

Copyright Office to Give Updates at January Conference

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 […]

Another Thing to Vote For: This Blog

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 […]