Author Archives: Bill Rosenblatt

Conference Registration Now Live; Call for Speakers

Online registration for Copyright and Technology 2017 on January 24 is now up and running, with earlybird discounts through November 24.  Thanks to our friends at the Copyright Society of the USA! We’re looking for speakers.  We have openings on every session at the conference.  We are also looking for a moderator for the panel […]

Smith and Telang Usher In the Post-Copyright-Wars Era with Streaming, Sharing, Stealing

Michael Smith and Rahul Telang are professors at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of information technology and public policy.  Their biggest claim to fame here has been their 2012 summary of research on the economic effects of copyright infringement on the media industry, which showed that the vast majority of peer-reviewed studies found harm from […]

Survey on E-Book DRM Licensing

If you have been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that I have been involved in the design and launch of a new open-source DRM scheme for e-books called Readium LCP (Licensed Content Protection).  The formal launch of Readium LCP is expected to take place by the end of this year. As I’ve explained, […]

Announcing Copyright and Technology NYC 2017

I’m happy and proud to announce our next conference.  It will take place on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.  The location is Grand Hall at the Kimmel Center at NYU (same venue as last year, different rooms).  The agenda is now posted. Our keynote speakers will be Michael Smith and Rahul Telang, who are professors of […]

A World Without DMCA 1201

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) last Thursday filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government (the Attorney General, Library of Congress, and Copyright Office), in an attempt to have Section 1201 of the Copyright Act found unconstitutional.  Section 1201 is the provision that makes it a violation of copyright law to circumvent (hack) DRMs and other “technical protection measures.” The nominal […]

Copyright Office Opens Inquiry on Digital Rights for Libraries

Yesterday the U.S. Copyright Office announced that it is looking for input into revising Section 108 of the copyright law, the section that gives libraries and archives special rights to copy and distribute materials.  Although much of Section 108 deals with making physical copies of materials for preservation purposes, some of it is supposed to apply […]

Music Rights Reporting, DDEX, and Blockchains

Last time, I discussed the need to automate and standardize rights and royalty transaction processing in today’s music market.  At the heart of that market is streaming plays on on-demand services.  As the latest RIAA revenue figures have shown, on-demand streaming is now the second-largest source of recorded music industry revenue and should overtake downloads […]