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U.S. Copyright Act 1976 - 17 USC, Section 107: Fair Use factors. This is the best part of the Copyright Act - the part of the law that tells you how to break the law-the insertion of common sense into copyright law. We are free to use copyrighted works w/out the permission of the copyright owner/publisher provided that our use is "fair." Everyone has benefitted from fair use, and everyone has invoked fair use, consciously or unconsciously. What's missing is the word, "transformative." tbc

The copyright and patent clause of the U. S. Constitution - Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8. Almost every American, except for those who run the U. S. Copyright Office, love this phrase as it lays the groundwork for the United States to have a copyright law. It states "PROMOTE the PROGRESS of SCIENCE and the USEFUL ARTS..." before "exclusive right," as the public's welfare is slightly more important the creator's welfare in this wonderful scheme. Unfortunately, the U. S. Copyright Office ha...

Copyright Litigation Blog: Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal and Copyright Law

Copyright - the six (6) exclusive rights. With respect to copyright and music, the first of these rights was granted by Congress in 1831. The 6th and final right was granted in 1995. There is not yet an exclusive right to prevent someone from dreaming about a copyrighted work : )

U.S. AM & FM stations pay only songwriters & their publishers, not the musicians on the recording or the copyright owner of the sound recording. To the contrary, Internet & satellite radio stations in the U. S. pay ALL of the parties. --- Nice graphic from the Future of Music Coalition. --- Death to Pandora? A guide to the looming music copyright war - The Week [July 10, 2014]

I just saw this sign used to advertise my April 14, 2014 talk about music, copyright and media at the University of Kentucky.  This will be my first time at UK - quite psyched to for this visit!  Thanks to my friend Dr. Kevin Holm-Hudson and the University of Kentucky for the invitation! not-sure-if-art-or-copyright-infringement_263907-700x.jpeg 700×1,020 pixels

The Cat NOT in the Hat by Dr. Juice (a telling of the OJ Simpson crime saga/double murders) was determined to infringe the copyright of Dr. Seuss' The Cat In The Hat. It was NOT a parody. (Dr. Seuss Enterprises v. Penguin Books; 1997, 9th Cir.)