Disagreement over the meaning of longstanding publishing contract terminology has embroiled the Social Science History Association and Duke University Press in a copyright infringement lawsuit and a trademark dispute. In The Chronicle, Jennifer Howard recounts the history and context of the conflict. Kevin Smith, analyzing the implications of the disagreement, comments that “regardless of which side wins, in my opinion, it will probably not be a good outcome for scholarship.”
Homer Simpson really wants to see a new release, Radioactive Man Re-Rises, but his family moviegoing experience is ruined by the horrors of seeing a flick in a movie theater. The usual long and involved story short, he deploys new skills learned from Bart to download a movie and charge admission to a neighborhood viewing in the back yard. Marge’s conscience leads her to denounce Homer to the FBI, and anti-piracy copyright police drag Homer off to a trial that highlights ludicrous excess on both sides of the great copyright divide.
The Simpsons, “Steal This Episode,” Season 25, Episode 9, broadcast January 5, 2014, available from Hulu Plus.
Getty Images (http://www.gettyimages.com/), a world-renowned photo service, is making millions of its dazzling photos free for noncommercial use. As a company official explained, it is a tactic intended to counter the rampant illegal photo sharing activities online. By making free licenses easily available, the company proposes to regain control over the distribution of their copyrighted images, with the added benefits of free marketing channels, profitable user statistics, and future advertising placement via the licensed photos.
Take a look at three articles published by The Verge, Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, and The Atlantic to learn why “free” really needs quotation marks on it: why being tracked, controlled and sold for ads may still be a good price to pay for sharing these images.
The Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication’s new blog, Copyright at Harvard Library, presented a week-long series of expert guest blogs and videos to celebrate this essential doctrine. Guests included:
• Krista L. Cox, Director of Public Policy Initiatives for ARL
• Kevin Smith, Director, Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communication, Duke University
• Kenneth D. Crews, Of Counsel to Gipson Hoffman & Pancione, Los Angeles, CA, and adjunct professor, Columbia Law School
• William Smith, Wilmer Hale Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Harvard Law School, and Director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society
• Matthew Rimmer, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, ANU College of Law, and Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture.
The Copyright Corner blog at Ohio State University Libraries joined the new celebration with a month-long series of posts on fair use.
William Paterson University hosted Brandon Butler, Practitioner-in-Residence, Washington College of Law, American University, who presented “Know Your Rights: Fair Use and Education.” A video is available for streaming at http://njvid.net (search presentation title).
Cindy Lee Garcia acted in a film with the provisional title of “Desert Warrior.” That film was never released, but an excerpt from her performance was used in an anti-Muslim film, “Innocence of Muslims,” with dubbed dialogue that included anti-Islamic remarks. The release of “Innocence of Muslims” resulted in widespread rioting in the Middle East, and a death fatwa was issued for Garcia. A federal appeals court has now ordered YouTube to take the video down.
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