Fear not, you won't be sued for singing the song in your home anytime soon.
As the House Judiciary Committee is considering major copyright reforms to provide for the next Great Copyright Act, they must include copyright terms more consistent with the original public meaning of the Copyright Clause.
If the law is to be understood and obeyed, it must be public information. How can we follow the law if we don't know what it is? This is the astonishingly unfortunate reality for a large number of our nation's laws.
Copyright Week is a week devoted to our relationship with our own culture. Hint: things aren't going well.
Fifty years after Martin Luther King gave his iconic "I Have A Dream" speech, the text is still under copyright and costly to use in schools or media. Duke law professor James Boyle tells us why this historic speech needs to be in the public domain.
But what the Rijksmuseum is doing is in the spirit of the age: enabling collaboration. Art is not made in a vacuum and modern
When will Americans, we of middle age, especially, move on? In the absence of new witnesses or of other fresh and vital information, might it make sense to stop our chattering and to open files on the other parts of our lives?
Self-publishing continues its exponential growth. More and more authors are choosing this route for presenting their work to the public. But there is one domain that self-published authors rarely think about: legal issues.
The director is Satan! (So what else is new?) A family member is nuts! (Happens in the best of 'em.) Captain Kirk's an a-hole! (Yeah, well, George Takei knew this way ahead of you.)
What is a photograph if not an invitation to step, however hesitantly, however briefly, into another time?
The case marked a continuance of the debate over the Copyright Clause of the United States Constitution that was broached in the 2003 Supreme Court decision in the Eldred v. Ashcroft case.
Copyright law gives authors and publishers exclusive rights for a "limited time," to encourage them to create and distribute works. So what is entering the public domain in the U.S. this year? Not a single published work. Why should you care?