Law

Congress Passes Small Claims and Felony Streaming Measures

Yesterday, Congress passed two important copyright measures that the creative community has long advocated for: The first is the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020 (CASE), which will establish a voluntary adjudicatory process, housed within the Copyright Office, for copyright claims under $30,000 in value. The law requires that the Copyright Office establish the Copyright Claims Board within a year of the law's enactment. As Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter...

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New Book on Copyright and Creativity in the 21st Century

I am pleased to announce the upcoming release of The Routledge Companion to Copyright and Creativity in the 21st Century, to which I am honored to have been asked to contribute an essay. Edited by Professor Michelle Bogre, Esq., of the Parsons School of Design, and noted copyright lawyer Nancy Wolff of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, the book features the basics of copyright law and a series of essays from academics and practitioners reflecting a diverse range of perspectives on how...

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Using Image and Videos in Your Planetarium…Legally

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of presenting another seminar to the Pacific Planetarium Association (PPA) on legal issues surrounding the use of images and video footage in planetarium shows and exhibits. The session was something of a follow-up to my presentation last year on using music in the planetarium. The recording of the presentation is now available on YouTube. While you're there (and if you work in a planetarium or around the industry) be sure to check out the full library of...

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Applying the “Emerging Zone” Model to Legal Education

I've recently become interested in the economic challenges facing higher education. It's well established that the cost of college (and most graduate education) has increased dramatically over the past thirty years, and fewer students (or more accurately, their parents) are realistically able to cover the cost without incurring significant student loan debt. Although interest rates on education loans appear to be leveling off, they remain higher than they were just a few years ago, meaning...

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Copyright in Teacher-Created Materials

Back in November, the New York Times ran an article about the growing number of teachers who sell their lesson plans and other curriculum materials through online portals like Teachers Pay Teachers (Winnie Hu, Selling Lesson Plans Online, Teachers Raise Cash and Questions, Nov. 15, 2009). The article quoted Robert N. Lowry, deputy director of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, who suggested that if school district resources were used in the...

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