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How Copyright Makes Culture Disappear | Techdirt - When will the copyright term finally become Life of God + 70 years? [2015-0102]
"Can I Use That Picture? Terms, Laws and Ethics for Using Copyrighted Images"
Monkeys, elephants, the Holy Spirit & God herself cannot be copyright owners, so sayeth the U.S. Copyright Office (@306). My Indonesian trip to promote monkey intellectual property rights is hereby postponed. 1.usa.gov/1oZxQOi
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...
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
A photographer owns copyright in the photo the photographer took. Therefore, shouldn't the monkey who took the photo own copyright in her/his photo? (Does an elephant own copyright in the elephant art s/he painted?) - "Wikimedia Won't Take Down This Photo Because a Monkey Took It"
Copyright Litigation Blog: Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal and Copyright Law
Victor Willis - "Village People singer-songwriter Victor Willis has finally prevailed in reclaiming 50 percent of the copyright to many of the group's songs, including "Y.M.C.A." For four years, Willis has been in a legal battle that has been closely followed in the music industry because it dealt with a portion of copyright law that allows authors to terminate copyright grants." [2015-0308]