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A Hidden Threat to Online Freedom: The Lost Balance of Fair Use and Intellectual Property

The current imbalance of our intellectual property system allows copyright law to strangle free speech and innovation. Ideally, the intellectual property system would strike a balance between the rights of the intellectual owner and those of consumer. Intended to support the property’s creator, copyright laws can promote fair compensation and allow for the continued creation of content. At the same time, intellectual property systems are designed so that after the creator is paid after the work enters the public domain and aids in the creation of new works. This balanced is threatened by the misuse and misunderstanding of the roles of copyright and fair use.

07/08/2016
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Fair Use Takes a Victory Lap in Google Books Lawsuit

On October 16th, three federal judges on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that can be considered another decisive win for sensible copyright law.

10/30/2015
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Court Rules to Protect Fair Use

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a ruling on the always blurry “fair use” concept in copyright law, that stands to reduce nuisance suits and open new doors for innovation and adaptation.

09/17/2015
MPAA vs. Consumers
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MPAA vs. Consumers

Closing arguments were heard in San Francisco today in a case brought by the Hollywood studios to ban RealDVD from the market.  The Motion Picture Association of America made it clear that it beleives consumers have no right to copy legally purchased DVDs.  In their view, "One copy is a violation of the DMCA [Digital Millennium Copyright Act]."  Should Hollywood prevail, the DMCA will trump Fair Use doctrine, that has balanced consumer's uses of content with the rights of the content providers.  For an update, check "Fair Use or No Use?"

05/21/2009
Fair Use or No Use?
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Fair Use or No Use?

Last fall, RealNetworks launched a new product, RealDVD, allowing users to legally save a copy of any DVD that they own. However, in what appears to be an ongoing war with consumers, the motion picture studios—including Disney, Paramount, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., and Viacom—have filed a lawsuit against RealNetworks to have the new product banned. Within a week of its unveiling, the studios had a temporary restraining order in place, removing the product from the market.

05/21/2009