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Copyright Protection for Pre-1972 Sound Recordings
December 30, 2011

The U.S. Copyright Office has issued its report on Federal Copyright Protection for Pre-1972 Sound Recordings. The report, prepared after receiving written and oral input from stakeholders, reco…

DMCA Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies: It's Time to Submit Comments
October 6, 2011

A September 29 th   Federal Register notice announced that the Copyright Office is soliciting comments, in accordance with provisions of the DMCA , that may exempt certain classes of w…

The Orphan Works Controversy Heats Up Again
September 14, 2011

On Monday, September 12 th , the Authors Guild filed a copyright infringement suit against the HathiTrust , a non-profit digital repository partnership between major research institu…

U. S. Department of Education issues "Dear Colleague" letter on HEOA P2P provisions
June 11, 2010

On June 4, the U. S. Department of Education issued a "Dear Colleague" letter (also available as a pdf ), reminding campuses that July 1 is the effective date for compliance with…

Final HEOA Regulations Issued for P2P Provisions
October 29, 2009

Today, October 29, the Department of Education issued the final regulations related to Peer-to-Peer File Sharing on campus networks, which are unchanged from the proposed regulations post…

Proposed HEOA Regulations Issued for P2P Provisions
August 25, 2009

Last Friday, August 21, the Department of Education issued its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) related to Peer-to-Peer File Sharing on campus networks. The proposed regulation…

Update on HEOA and P2P
July 2, 2009

Last August, President Bush signed into law the 1,200-page Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008, termed by one Senator "a well-intentioned contraption of unnecessary rules and reg…

Chopping off thumbs on YouTube
January 17, 2009

Ebert and Roeper, beware: Your thumbs are in jeopardy. In today's Alice-in-Wonderland world of digital copyright enforcement, we shouldn't be surprised that Hollywood is following th…

"The Future of the Internet" Includes Policy Challenges and Social Dilemmas
December 24, 2008

The Pew Internet & American Life Project has issued its report based upon survey findings called "The Future of the Internet III." Technology stakeholders and critics were asked…

Orphan Works Update: Bill Passes Judiciary Committee and Awaits Consideration on the Senate Floor
May 23, 2008

After delaying consideration of S. 2913, the Senate Judiciary Committee finally took up and passed a bill that would reform copyright law relating to "Orphan Works." The bill, which pa…

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