Copyright Law

The Brian Lehrer Show

Blurring the Copyright Lines

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Gaye family lawyers discuss the "Blurred Lines" copyright infringement case while Tim Wu argues the verdict should be thrown out.

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New Tech City

NYC Tech Community Reacts to Aaron Swartz’s Death

Monday, January 14, 2013

On some website, mourning over the death of Aaron Swartz, the software developer and internet rights activist, has turned into a debate over access to information online.  New York’s tech community has been firmly on the side of Swartz and his open ideology.

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Studio 360

Bracing for the Copyright Cliff

Friday, December 21, 2012

Next year is a big one for artists whose work was published in 1978. A revision to copyright law allows musicians, authors, or any copyright holders to reclaim their rights after 35 years. For the already-struggling music industry, this could be a lethal blow, or what Kurt Andersen calls the "copyright cliff" ...

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The Takeaway

My Year Living Without Copyrights

Monday, August 13, 2012

There is one common thread that binds most products we use on a daily basis: they are copyrighted. But on August 1, filmmaker Sam Muirheadannounced that he would attempt to live without all these products, in an effort to immerse himself in the open source movement.

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The Takeaway

Artists and Labels May Soon Battle Over Song Rights

Thursday, August 18, 2011

One-hit wonders often spell long term rewards for record companies, which can make millions of dollars from legacy recordings — as long as they own the rights. That may be about to change. A provision in U.S. copyright law stipulates that songs released after 1978 have "termination rights," which offer artists the ability to regain ownership of their work after 35 years have passed. With that deadline on the horizon, a battle is looming between artists and labels over song rights. 



Obama "Hope" Artist Settles With AP in Copyright Suit

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

After two years of wrangling, the street artist who created the Barack Obama "Hope" campaign poster and the Associated Press have settled competing copyright infringement suits against one other.


Studio 360

Fan Fiction

Saturday, August 04, 2001

There are countless ways fans of a particular author can share their enthusiasm — conventions, chat rooms, fanzines, websites, and interactive role playing games are just a few. But some of these fans could be breaking the law.


Studio 360

Commentary: Piracy or Parody?

Saturday, May 05, 2001

Kurt Andersen considers the litigation surrounding Alice Randall's book, The Wind Done Gone, and the limitations of the public domain.