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Joining the Rijksmuseum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the National Gallery in Washington, DC, the New York Public Library, and the British Library, among others, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is releasing 375,000 public domain images for use without restriction (CC

Are you infringing copyright by baring a tattooed bicep in a photo shared on Facebook? Copyright battles concerning the rights in tattoos have been complex and astonishing…

On copyright, as on nearly all else, the candidates differed. While Mrs. Clinton’s detailed position on copyright made it clear that long-sought reforms would be supported, particularly with respect to orphan works, Mr.

Upon concluding its review of the long-standing ASCAP and BMI consent decrees, the Department of Justice left the decrees in place but rejected several modifications requested by the music industry, including fractional licensing, contrary to recommendations by the Register of Copyright.

This Rolling Stone piece highlights landmark copyright cases involving some of the great oldies that may be floating through your mind as you relax this summer: 

As the Republicans hold forth in Cleveland this week, charges of unaccredited paraphrasing, theft of intellectual property, plagiarism, and/or self-plagiarism have been freely hurled about.

Inside Higher Ed reports that the recent decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirms a lower court decision that praised HathiTrust’s “invaluable contribution to the progress of science and cultivation of the arts.”

Seven precious Jewish books currently held at the U.S. Library of Congress continue to cause legal dispute between the U.S. and Russia. The Hasidic texts, referred to as the Schneerson collection, are claimed by both countries to be an important part of their cultural heritage.

Led Zeppelin has been the target of a number of copyright challenges, most of which have been settled out of court, and that seems the likely outcome of a recent dispute about the origins of their 1971 hit, Stairway to Heaven.

Getty Images (http://www.gettyimages.com/), a world-renowned photo service, is making millions of its dazzling photos free for noncommercial use.


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