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Court Rules on University E-Reserves Copyright Case

Art teachers and professors, pay attention! Academic publishers on Friday notched a win in the ongoing legal debate about digital access to copyrighted works, as the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a broad ruling on…
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Louis Menand on Copyright and Why We Can Survive Without “Motown”

The copyright argument is not really a philosophical battle, but rather a battle between interest groups. This, Louis Menand argues, is really what drives us to blog about and argue over piracy, appropriation, court…
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Iggy Pop on Piracy and Why the Working Class Steals

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US Supreme Court Champions Free Speech. Almost.

I’m starting to think that many in law are just as hypocritical as those in art. If “hateful” speech can be had near funeral processions and anti-abortion protesters allowed to shame abortion-seekers, why can’t we protest on…
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W.A.G.E. Releases Program on Artistic Labor

W.A.G.E. has just launched W.A.G.E. Certification, a paradigm-shifting model for the remuneration of artistic labor. According to W.A.G.E., Certification is a program that publicly recognizes non-profit arts…
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When it comes to appropriation art, it’s kill ‘em all, let God sort ‘em out!

Donn Zaretsky agrees with his co-teacher, Amy Adler, that the current fair use doctrine doesn’t favor the rich over poor. I respectfully disagree. That position is a hedge and all good in theory, but it is tantamount to…
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And Still More on Fair Use for the Rich and Fabulous

PDN Pulse adds to the ongoing and growing conversation on whether copyright law, at least as it is applied in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, favors certain appropriation artists over others. But the argument for…
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