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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 […]

Announcing the Copyright and Technology 2019 Conference

How time flies: our next Copyright and Technology Conference will be our tenth. I’m pleased to announce that the date and venue have been set for Copyright and Technology 2019. The date is Wednesday, January 16, 2019, and we will be back at Fordham’s beautiful new Law School building near Lincoln Center in West Midtown […]

Dot Blockchain Media Makes Blockchain Plus Watermarking a Reality

An announcement from the startup Dot Blockchain Media a couple of weeks ago heralds an exciting new development in the potential for blockchain technology in the media industry.  Dot Blockchain has partnerships with the New York-based recording artist STOLAR and the indie distributor FUGA. These partnerships enabled Dot Blockchain to take STOLAR’s track “Forget And Feel” and […]

Six Reasons to Attend Copyright and Technology 2018

With our next conference just over a week away, and many people just coming back from the holidays, I thought I’d mention a few things we’re particularly excited about in the agenda for our ninth annual conference: Jonathan Taplin’s keynote. Taplin has had a wide-ranging, Renaissance-Man career in the media business as a musical artist […]

Copyright and Technology 2018 – Earlybird Expires Tomorrow

The earlybird discount for the Copyright and Technology 2018 conference expires tomorrow, December 20. The event will take place on Tuesday January 16 at Fordham Law School’s beautiful new facility near Lincoln Center in west midtown Manhattan.  I’m also pleased to announce that Booxtream, the provider of e-book watermarking  technology, will be a Gold Sponsor, […]

Setting the Agenda for Copyright and Technology 2018 Conference

Summer’s here and the time is right for planning the agenda for the next Copyright and Technology Conference — which will be in NYC in late January 2018 (exact date TBD), now in its ninth year and once again in partnership with the Copyright Society of the USA. For those of you who have attended […]

The P-Word

I’m reading a fascinating book called Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper. It’s a wry and informative look at the field of lexicography, written by a lexicographer at the dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster. One of the most interesting facts I learned from this book is that dictionary definitions are meant to capture the […]

Big Data, Skinny Bundles

This past week, Google pre-announced a new live Internet TV service called YouTube TV.  YouTube TV is a “skinny bundle”: a pay-TV service with a subset of channels commonly available on American cable and satellite TV at a price that’s lower than what pay-TV subscribers pay for TV programming. I used this announcement in my latest […]

What Does Ownership Mean in the Digital Age?

When you hit a “buy” button on Amazon, iTunes, or another digital content retail service, do you actually own what you’ve paid money for?  If you look at most retailers’ terms of service, the answer is no: you are licensing it on some terms that the retailer sets, which usually don’t amount to ownership.  In […]

European Commission Proposes Copyright Filtering for Online Services

The European Commission published a briefing document last week that marked progress in its initiative to establish a legal framework for a “digital single market” for Europe.  This briefing described a proposed directive with several provisions to streamline the use of digital content and promote copyright protection across the EU.  The proposed directive itself was published […]