Author Archives: Bill Rosenblatt

EU Article 13 (Now Article 17) Passes After More Changes, Making Copyright Filtering More Likely

The European Union’s copyright directive finally passed last week, with 56% of the European Parliament vote, after several rounds of significant changes to the text. On its way to final passage, the controversial Article 13 — now Article 17 — went through yet another round of changes that are worth discussing here. Two issues in […]

Cengage Learning Brings Subscriptions to Higher Ed Publishing

Cengage Learning, one of the major textbook publishers, announced last month that it has accumulated a million subscribers to the subscription college text content service, Cengage Unlimited, that it launched for the Fall 2018 semester. Students can subscribe for $120 per semester or $180 per year, with print textbook rentals available for a flat $7.99 […]

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, […]