Copyright Articles

The Oscars Now Playing Online

Screener copies of movies under consideration for the Academy Awards have been making very illegal debuts online, as a tracking company finds a few of them making the rounds on the Internet.

Copyright Official Urges Patience In Congress

The U.S. Register of Copyrights says Congress needs to see how lower courts apply MGM v. Grokster before creating new file-sharing legislation.

Google Print Has Legal Support
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Though copyright law predates the Internet, case law has been established regarding the indexing of copyrighted material, and it has come out in favor of the indexer. Publishers who have issues with Google’s Print for Libraries project may end up with little more than hurt feelings.

Gmail Copyright Battle Continues
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A British research firm asserts that Google has committed copyright infringement by using the Gmail name.

Copyright Tools Only In IE

Back in April, Congress passed the Family Entertainment Copyright Act and as a result, by October 24th, a copyright preregistration system must be in place and is slated to launch on schedule. Because of the time table for launch however, it will only be available in Internet Explorer (IE).

LexisNexis Working On Copyright Protection

LexisNexis and iParadigms teamed up to create a product called CopyGuard to help detect plagiarism and copyright infringement and protect intellectual property. At a time where people and companies are having real problems with copyright protection, this may be a suitable solution for protecting their properties.

The Copyright Debate and RSS

RSS is commonly defined as really simple syndication. So, this means that any material contained in a feed is available for syndication, right? Well no, not exactly.

Online Copyright Form May Start As IE Only

First they appoint a pro-Microsoft lawyer to be the new ambassador to the European Union; now our government may make IE the way to complete a copyright preregistration form.

Business Website Content Copyright Violation Scare

It seems everyone who has a website is worried about having their copyright violated by web content thieves. But are web content copyright violations really such a big problem?

Competition is Good, Copying is Bad

I’ve always been of the opinion that competition is a good thing. It encourages all of us to be better and make better products. While it might be true that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, copying someone else’s work is simply wrong.

Google Print For Libraries Proves Challenging

Details, details-such is the Achilles’ Hell of the visionary temperament. When Google put forth a massive online literary digitization effort, the scholar, the literati, the purist self-educator, the mousey, bucked-toothed, four-eyed little girl in all of us cheered the soon-to-be nearer reach of all those words. But visions, especially the grandiose, face the speed bumps, the hurdles, of real world logic-or worse, lawyers.

Understanding Copyright Law Is The Hard Part

In the past two weeks I’ve posted two commentaries about copyright – copyright myths and the inadequacies of copyright laws.

The Inadequacies of Current Copyright Laws

So bloggers are firmly among the guilty in the area of ignoring copyright: ” Bloggers, in general, have little respect for copyright laws and tend to snatch and grab anything out there as “theirs”.

Skweezer and Copyright Infringement

A lively discussion is bubbling on Jason Calcanis’ blog on the issue of how others use content you have produced where copyright enters into the picture and, in essence, what’s right and what’s not.

Copyright Myths and Creative Common Sense

A handful of myths have spawned practices, particularly among bloggers and website owners, that turn copyright law on its head …

More on Blogs

From Fortune To Gigablast. Here’s a few of the blog related stories that have caught my interest the last couple of days… plus a couple articles on other subjects.

How to Copyright your Website and Ebooks

There is a lot of information theft on the Internet. Unscrupulous people think they have the right to copy your information and put it on their website or information product. To protect yourself against this theft you should copyright all your work.

What You Need to Know About Internet Copyright Law

I don’t think there is any area of the Internet so misunderstood as copyright law. Terms like “work of authorship”, “fair use” and “derivative works” are confusing.

Protect Your Ideas With Copyrights and Patents
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Q: Can you tell me the difference between a copyright and a patent? Also is that something I should let a lawyer handle for me?

Copyright Law and SEO

What Is Copyright?
Copyright is a legal right granted to the authors of certain artistic or creative works. I’m sure that wasn’t very helpful, so allow me to explain: it literally means “the right to copy”. This “copying” can be in the form of translated or derivative versions, reproductions, public or private distributions, displays, or broadcasts.

Is It Plagiarism or Copyright Violation?

Plagiarism is derived from the Latin plagiarius (“kidnapper”), and refers to a kind of intellectual theft defined as “the false assumptions of authorship, the wrongful act of taking the product of another person’s mind, and presenting it as one’s own.” (Alexander Lindey, Plagiarism and Originality)