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Should Copyright Live Forever?

March 25, 2015 // 4 Comments

We’ve probably all seen that little graph which was making the rounds last year, which showed that longer copyright terms—thought to protect authors and make them [...]

A strange little copyright story

September 17, 2014 // 2 Comments

Techdirt has a great write-up about one of the strangest little copyright stories I’ve read this week. The story involves an anti-litter campaign launched in my own [...]

The great monkey copyright war of 2014

August 8, 2014 // 5 Comments

Here’s a fun little story which highlights the absurdity of our current intellectual property laws. Yahoo News had a write-up about a photographer who is embroiled in a [...]

The Perils of Newer, Easier Sharing

May 15, 2013 // 2 Comments

I’ve had an object lesson this week in the perils of newer, easier information-sharing, via two news articles which came my way through different means. The first was a [...]

More on the Death of Google Reader

March 14, 2013 // 4 Comments

We’ve all heard by now about the upcoming death of Google Reader. Our own Chris Meadows, in his write-up, has even thoughtfully offered some alternatives for those who, [...]

Paid vs. Free Entertainment: A Case Study

February 20, 2013 // 2 Comments

Techdirt has a great write-up about a British children’s author, Terry Deary, who is on a misguided campaign against libraries. Deary believes libraries are giving away [...]

Europe’s Database Right: A scary concept

February 13, 2013 // 6 Comments

Techdirt has a write-up on something I had never heard of–a special copyright introduced in 1996 which protects the contents of databases, even if all the works they [...]

Why Online Textbooks Still Don’t Work

January 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Techdirt has a great write-up about a school district that is spending over $2 million to switch back to paper textbooks after investing heavily in an on-line model. The [...]

Harry Potter e-book reaction roundup

March 28, 2012 // 9 Comments

Well, the Harry Potter e-books are out, and they’re making a splash. There are a number of reactions being reported on the web to various aspects of the announcement, and [...]
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