Plaintiffs claim A&E used short clip of “Rocky Top” synchronized in a television program, despite plaintiff’s refusal to grant a license. Defense claims fair use, stating that the clip is only 12 seconds long and is background to a football game filled with ambient noise. The case docket is featured by Justia and the Stanford Fair Use site.
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Featured Case: Peermusic v Motive Force- music publishers sue lyrics wiki
Claims of direct, contributory, vicarious and inducement of copyright infringement filed against a lyrics wiki which allegedly scrapes hundreds of thousands of lyrics and redistributes via facebook and other sites. Stanford Fair Use and Justia feature the case docket including the Aug 24th complaint.
Stanford Fair Use advisory board members weigh in on copyright of Nuremberg transcripts
Our advisory board members have been blogging away on their own blogs about copyright – specifically whether or not Nuremberg trial transcripts are in the public domain. Rich Stim started it and concludes YES, public domain. Peter Hirtle concurs but with slightly different analysis.
Legal birds twitter on copyright
We’ve added a twitter feed of lawyers and law professors registered with Legal Birds on copyright. It’s fed with the keywords (copyright OR fair use OR fairuse). It’s on the right side of our home page.
Kenneth Crews criticizes lack of options for authors in Google Books Settlement
http://bit.ly/SWCiz When the author signs rights away to publishers, some contracts allow authors to reclaim rights in the future. Given the two year window to opt out or remove one’s book, a publisher may assent to the google books agreement and the author is out of luck when the rights revert to him or her. Copyright law, moreover, safeguards authors’ rights after about 35 years, allowing a chance to reclaim copyright. Again, if the publisher already assents, the author’s power to remove the book has lapsed, despite the right to share in revenue.
Putting the public back into public domain court documents – RECAPTHELAW.ORG
A new Firefox extension helps you share PACER court docs. It’s called RECAP: Turning PACER Around — http://recapthelaw.org Incredibly innovative way to share public domain docs that courts prefer to charge you for.
Google Book Settlement letters to the court
See letters to the court supporting and opposing the settlement http://news.justia.com/cases/featured/new-york/nysdce/1:2005cv08136/273913/#20090807
Subscribe to key copyright cases via Stanford (courtesy of Justia)
Justia makes court filings available for key copyright cases in district courts at http://news.justia.com/cases/copyright/ #copyright
E-reserve copyright lawsuit updates
Cambridge University Press v. Patton is a publishers’ suit against a public university that makes electronic copies of course readings available to students without paying royalty fees. #copyright Court docs courtesy of Justia. http://news.justia.com/cases/featured/georgia/gandce/1:2008cv01425/150651/