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Lynne Woods Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 12:20pm Categories: Copyright

The CDC’s image repository, the Public Health Image Library (PHIL), contains thousands of free images—the Aedes aegypti mosquito that carries the Zika virus, black widow spiders, cultures, electron microscope photographs, etc.—many shot by well-known science photographer James Gathany.

Lynne Woods Monday, March 27, 2017 - 7:43pm Categories: Copyright

David Mao, former deputy Librarian of Congress, who had become acting Librarian of Congress after James Billington retired, was recently again named deputy Librarian of Congress, with responsibility for the Copyright Office, among others.

Lynne Woods Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 2:53pm Categories: Copyright

In addition to personnel transitions, the US Office of Copyright (OC) faces controversy regarding the responsibilities of the office, evolving opinions about reform of copyright law, and the proper location of the office and the degree of independence it should be accorded.

Lynne Woods Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 2:48pm Categories: Copyright

Shortly after assuming office as the new Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden reassigned Maria Pallante, Register of Copyrights, to a new position as “senior adviser for digital strategy.” Pallante resigned; she is now  President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers.

Lynne Woods Friday, February 10, 2017 - 4:17pm Categories: Copyright

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 (...

Lynne Woods Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 4:08pm Categories: Copyright

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…

Lynne Woods Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 3:51pm Categories: Copyright

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.

Lynne Woods Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 3:41pm Categories:

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.

Lynne Woods Monday, August 15, 2016 - 6:32pm Categories: 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: 

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 5:41pm Categories: Uncategorized

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.


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