Category Law

2017 Conference: Panel Change; Earlybird Deadline Approaches

I’m announcing a couple of changes in the Copyright and Technology conference on January 24. When we were setting the agenda for the next conference, the FCC was deep in to deliberations over its “Unlock the Box” proposal to require pay-TV operators to stop requiring consumers to pay for renting their set-top boxes and make their […]

Dutch Public Libraries and the “One Copy, One User” Rule

I took a little bit of heat from certain members of the library community who were bothered by my analysis last week of the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ’s) decision in the case of Vereniging Openbare Bibliotheken (Dutch Public Library Association) v. Stichting Leenrecht (Lending Rights Foundation, the Dutch collecting society for royalties from library lending) […]

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 […]

2017 Conference: New Website, New Panel

I’m pleased to announce the launch of a dedicated website for the Copyright and Technology 2017 conference.  You can find all the details about agenda, sessions, speakers, and so on.  Registration is live now, with earlybird discounts available through November 24, and there are still plenty of speaking slots available if you would like to […]

FCC to Vote Thursday on Open Set-Top Box Ruling

The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote this Thursday on a rule that would require pay-TV operators in the United States to make their services available on third-party devices in addition to the set-top boxes (STBs) that they currently require subscribers to rent from them.  This week’s vote has more drama than usual because one 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 […]