Category: Copyright

NewsNet Issue 685 | U.S. Copyright Office

From the US Copyright Copyright Office:

The U.S. Copyright Office has submitted a letter to Congress reporting the results of the Office’s public inquiry on establishing a pilot program to facilitate the mass digitization of books and other copyrighted works.

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Who Owns a Monkey Selfie? Settlement Should Leave Him Smiling –

From Matthew Haag of the New York Times, a settlement has been reached in this famous copyright case:

The selfie of his bucktooth smile and wide amber eyes made Naruto an internet celebrity. But the widely shared image became embroiled in a novel and lengthy lawsuit over whether the monkey owned the rights to it. Naruto lost the first round in federal court in California in 2016, but won a victory of sorts in a settlement on Monday for himself and his friends.

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Revisiting Section 108 – Scholarly Communications @ Duke

From Scholarly Communications @ Duke:

…the U.S. Copyright Office released its long-awaited review of improvements to Section 108 of the Copyright Act, the section which grants limited, specific exceptions to copyright for libraries and archives. Over a decade ago the Office convened the Section 108 Study Group* to assess improvements to this section, and in 2008 that group produced its report. Since then (and with recent inquiries from the Office to stakeholders) we’ve been waiting to hear from the Copyright Office about its views on updates to Section 108. This Section 108 “Discussion Document” does just that.

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dh + lib recently announced the creation of

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and Europeana announced the launch of, “a collaborative approach to rights statements that can be used to communicate the copyright status of cultural objects”


White Paper on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages

Source: White Paper on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages

The Department Of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force has released White Paper on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages.

Here’s an excerpt:

The U.S. Department of Commerce has played a key role in addressing Internet policy-related issues since it launched the Internet Policy Task Force in April 2010. Two years ago, the Task Force published a Green Paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity and Innovation in the Digital Economy—the most comprehensive assessment of digital copyright policy issued by any Administration since 1995. The review process that culminated in this White Paper serves as a testament to the importance the Administration has placed on the development of updated and balanced copyright law in the digital environment.

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