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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 […]

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 […]

Quick poll: Is Medium the Message?

Much of the writing on blockchain applications for music and other media is on the blogging platform Medium.  The platform has pros and cons compared to WordPress, the current platform for Copyright and Technology.  Medium looks nice, has easy-to-use writers’ tools, and has great features for increasing readership, but it has limited flexibility, limits ways to establish […]

Readium LCP and Open Source DRM

In a recent exchange in the comments to an article in Nate Hoffelder’s The Digital Reader blog, I mentioned Readium Licensed Content Protection (Readium LCP), the standard DRM scheme for EPUB-formatted e-books that I’ve been working on for the past couple of years.  I gave a talk on Readium LCP a couple of weeks ago at the EPUB Summit […]

Get Ready for the Blockchain Tsunami

Lately I’ve been hearing about blockchain-related solutions to copyright problems on practically a weekly basis.  Perhaps this was inevitable, given the massive amounts of activity and hype surrounding blockchain technology, and the realization that it has applications well beyond cryptocurrency (and I’m sure others have been observing this same phenomenon in different industries at different times). But […]

Forbes: Music Revenue Figures Show Industry Running In Place

My latest column in Forbes is an analysis of the U.S. recorded music revenue figures for 2015 that the RIAA released last week.  Total revenues are $7 Billion – a figure that has remained almost exactly the same for six years now. This would suggest that $7 Billion is the amount that the American public […]

PTO Weighs In on Digital First Sale

A little-known fact about the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is that it advises the executive branch of government (the president and his administration) on copyright issues — just as the US Copyright Office advises Congress on copyright.  Although the Copyright Office’s efforts over the past couple of years to overhaul the country’s copyright […]

Guess Who’s Coming to Copyright and Technology NYC 2016?

There’s only a week to go until Copyright and Technology NYC 2016, next Tuesday January 19.  I thought you might like to know that we have people coming from these organizations: ASCAP BMI CBS CCIA Charter Communications Cisco Copyright Alliance Copyright Clearance Center Elsevier Entertainment Software Assn. Facebook Getty Images HBO Imagem NBA (National Basketball Association) […]

Roundtable Discussion October 14th: Algorithms and the DMCA Post-Lenz

I wlll be appearing as the featured guest speaker at a roundtable discussion at Fordham Law School in NYC on Wednesday, October 14th at 8:45-10:00 am.  We’ll discuss the state of algorithms for monitoring online services and detecting possible copyright infringements, and what effect the recent decision in Lenz v UMG might have on them.  I’ll be providing […]