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Free the Seven Samurai

January 3, 2011

Here's a compilation of copyright-protected works that would have entered the public domain this year if not for the 1978 amendments to the Copyright Act that extended the copyright term. It includes the classic Kurasawa movie "The Seven Samurai." That means there are no free copies posted on the internet (legally), and a new DVD [...]

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Work-Life Balance: House Music for Those New Year's Resolutions

January 2, 2011

I've posted a couple of links to some great House music podcasts here.

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Busy IP Day at the Supreme Court

November 29, 2010

Today was a busy day at the Supreme Court for IP cases. First, the Court granted cert in Microsoft v. i4i, a patent case raising the question of whether an issued patent can be found invalid only upon a showing of invalidity by clear and convincing evidence.  The Patent Act provides that "[a] patent shall [...]

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Update: Costco v. Omega Oral Arguments

November 8, 2010

Earlier today I posted a summary of Costco v. Omega, a Supreme Court case involving the application of copyright law's first sale doctrine in the context of copyrighted goods produced abroad and then subsequently distributed in the United States. A transcript of the oral arguments has been published.  Click here to view my commentary on [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Copyright "First Sale" Case Today

November 8, 2010

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in Costco Wholesale Corporation v. Omega, S.A., an important copyright case involving the first sale doctrine and whether this doctrine applies to copyrighted works that are produced abroad. The facts are fairly straightforward.  Omega is a watch company that manufactures watches in Switzerland.  Omega owns a [...]

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An up and down month for YouTube in Europe

September 27, 2010

September has been a busy month for YouTube on the copyright front.  YouTube, which is owned by Google, had been sued in Germany and Spain for copyright infringement based copyrighted content posted by YouTube's users. Early in September, a German court in Hamburg found YouTube liable for copyright infringement when videos of singer Sarah Brightman [...]

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State Regulation of Securities

September 26, 2010

A couple of useful links here.

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Federal District Court Rules DOMA Unconstitutional

July 8, 2010

     Judge Joseph L. Tauro, of the Federal District Court of Massachusetts, has declared that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.

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Conditional Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell Passes House and Senate Armed Services Committee

May 28, 2010

     The House voted 234-194 and the Senate Armed Service Committee voted 16-12 to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell if a military study concludes that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military will not harm the effectiveness of the armed services.

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Some States Prohibiting Private Health Insurance from Covering Abortions

May 17, 2010

     Ricardo Alonso-Zalvidar of the AP is reporting that a growing number of states are enacting legislation prohibiting private health insurers from offering abortion coverage through the Exchange.  These laws may be unconstitutional.

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