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The Digital Learning Challenge: Obstacles to Educational Uses of Copyrighted Material in the Digital Age
January 1, 2006

The study explores whether innovative educational uses of digital technology – everything from DVDs in the classroom to digital music libraries to online resources such as Wikipedia -- are h…

Proposed Legislation on Orphan Works: Solving the Problem or Escalating the Crisis?
January 1, 2006

Following a lengthy investigation and enthusiastic public response, legislation is currently pending in Congress to provide limitations on remedies in copyright infringement cases where permissio…

Death by DMCA
January 1, 2006

"A flood of legislation released by the passage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act threatens to drown whole classes of consumer electronics." …

Report on Orphan Works
January 1, 2006

The Copyright Office has completed its study of problems related to "orphan works"—copyrighted works whose owners may be impossible to identify and locate. As requested by Senator …

Google Cache Not a Breach of Copyright
January 1, 2006

"A US district court has ruled that Google's cache feature, which allows users to access snapshots of web pages taken when they were viewed by Google robots, does not breach copyright in …

Acquiring Copyright Permission to Digitize and Provide Open Access to Books
January 1, 2005

What are the stumbling blocks to digitization? Is copyright law a major barrier? Is it easier to negotiate with some types of publishers than with others? To what extent does the age of the materia…

Justice Dept. Pushes Stiffer Antipiracy Laws
January 1, 2005

According to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the Justice Department recently submitted a package of legislative proposals to Congress that would broaden the scope of laws to protect copyright an…

Grokster Shuttered in Court Settlement
January 1, 2005

Following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling this summer against Grokster, the company has agreed to a settlement that requires it to shut down its operations. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled…

Acacia and College Lawyers Agree on Online-Streaming Licenses
January 1, 2005

"Acacia Research Corporation, which claims to own patents covering all online audio- and video-streaming technologies, has hammered out a new higher-education license agreement in negotiatio…

Music Sites Caving To Pressure From Labels?
January 1, 2005

"Popular file-sharing site ceased operating and the New York office of another,, appeared to be closed, in the continuing legal fallout among underworld peer-to-peer musi…