Author Archives: Bill Rosenblatt

2018 Conference: Registration Is Live, Research Presentation and New Panel on Sci-Hub

I’m happy to announce that registration for Copyright and Technology 2018 is now live, with earlybird discount through December 20. We also have some exciting new agenda items to announce for our conference on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  In what has become an annual tradition, we will have a presentation of original research in the […]

The Search for Leverage Against Sci-Hub (Updated)

I’m finally getting around to writing about Sci-Hub, the enormous and still-growing repository of scientific journal articles and academic papers that is often called “The Pirate Bay of Science.”  The latest development in one of the lawsuits brought against the site in the United States finally brings a measure of technological interest to the legal […]

Copyright and Technology Conference Date Change: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

We have had to change the date of the next Copyright and Technology conference to one day earlier owing to issues with the venue.  The new date is Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  The agenda and speakers, including keynote speaker Jonathan Taplin, will all be the same. There are still several speaking slots as well as […]

W3C Approves Encrypted Media Extensions as Web Standard

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced on Monday that it has approved Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) as a Recommendation, meaning that it’s now an official standard. This announcement marks the end of a very contentious debate about the role, if any, that DRM should have in web browser environments and open web standards. EME […]

The Next Level in E-Book Watermarking

Last week’s announcement of a partnership between Digimarc and Erudition Digital represents an interesting next step in the evolution of watermarking as a copyright protection technology, in this case for e-books.  Erudition Digital is an e-book distributor based in the UK that has incorporated watermarking technology from Custos Technologies of South Africa. According to last […]

Could Lawsuit Settlements Be the Best Way to Solve Rights Data Problems?

Copyright owners have long been at odds with tech companies and service providers over copyright-related issues. We’ve seen various different attempts to solve these problems across industries since the start of the “copyright wars” in the late 1990s, enough to have some idea of what works and what doesn’t. In rough terms, there are four types […]

Copyright and Technology 2018 Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Taplin

We’ve got an exciting keynote speaker lined up for Copyright and Technology 2018 on January 17: Jonathan Taplin, Director Emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab and author of Move Fast and Break Things: How Google, Facebook and Amazon Have Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy. Like Jaron Lanier’s Who Owns the Future?, Taplin extrapolates the effects of those Internet […]