Posts Tagged: copyright


Google’s Fair Use Shell Game

Google has admitted it copied over 11,000 lines of Oracle’s creative Java code to build its Android smartphone platform, that it makes commercial use of the code …
By Steven Tepp
2 days ago 2

Senate IP Subcommittee Continues Search for Balance on Potential Copyright Reforms

On September 16, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property held a hearing titled “Are Reforms to Section 1201 Needed and Warranted?”, which continued the Subcommittee’s …
By Rebecca Tapscott
4 days ago 1

Shira Perlmutter to Head U.S. Copyright Office

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that Shira Perlmutter, the Office’s Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs, has been chosen …
By IPWatchdog
5 days ago 0

Ninth Circuit Holds that Jersey Boys Did Not Infringe ‘Protected Expressive Elements’ of Autobiographical Book

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a decision on appeal from the U.S. District Court for the District of …
By Rebecca Tapscott
11 days ago 0

Pursuing a Better Harmonization of Copyright Law and Communications Law

Until 1976, the worlds of American copyright and communications law operated largely in parallel universes. Under the U.S. Constitution, Congress is vested with the power “[t]o …
By Stuart N. Brotman
16 days ago 0

Google: An Oracle of Wisdom in its Fascinating Submission to the European Commission

On June 2, the European Commission launched a far-reaching consultation as part of its examination of a forthcoming Digital Services Act (DSA), aimed at identifying areas where new …
By Neil Turkewitz
19 days ago 1

Four Out of Eight Doesn’t Cut It: The IP Safeguards that Most Lawyers Miss When Protecting Software

Software is an extremely valuable good for those who produce it because it provides value to the software’s end users. That value, however, also makes it …
By Marty Mellican
23 days ago 3

New Group Copyright Registration Option Raises Questions Around Definition of ‘Published’ in the Digital Age

The United States Copyright Office recently released a New Group Registration Option for Short Online Literary Works (GRTX), which would allow an applicant to register up to 50 …
By IPWatchdog
25 days ago 0

‘Merger’ and Acquisition: Google’s Copyright Contortion to Excuse Copying

The Supreme Court is set to hear oral argument on October 7 from Oracle and Google in their long-running Java intellectual property case. The questions raised in Google …
By Steven Tepp
26 days ago 2

Eighth Circuit Affirms Holding That Disclosure of Source Code Was Authorized Under the Parties’ Agreement

On August 14, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed in part and vacated in part a district court decision in MPAY Inc. v. …
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 month ago 0

Will the Supreme Court Provide the Fair Use Clarity that IP Law Needs?

On July 30, IP Watchdog Editor-in-Chief Eileen McDermott reported that, as part of its series on a 1990s copyright modernization bill known as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, …
By Terry Campo
1 month ago 0

Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Copyright Infringement Claim Against Disney’s Inside Out Movie

On August 3, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in Masterson v. Walt Disney Company, affirmed a district court’s dismissal of Carla Masterson’…
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 month ago 0

Artists Urge Bezos to Take Action Against the Streaming of Unlicensed Music on Twitch

On August 10, the Executive Board of the nonprofit organization Artist Rights Alliance (ARA) published a letter to Jeff Bezos, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Amazon.…
By IPWatchdog
2 months ago 0

Google v. Oracle Perspective: Google’s Android ‘Cheat Code’ was to Copy Oracle’s Code

In two months, the Supreme Court will hear the oral argument in the long-running Google v. Oracle software copyright case. At issue is the availability of copyright …
By Steven Tepp
2 months ago 18

Request for Amici: Tell SCOTUS to Incentivize Original Fictional Characters through Copyright

Some fictional characters are heroes; others are villains. Some mimic reality and others personify fantasy. And some appear in comic books and video games, while others in …
By Patrick Arenz
2 months ago 1