Mass copyright expiration carries implications yet unknown

The coming of the new year brings with it one thing that hasn’t been experienced in 20 years – the mass expiration of protections on materials that have been under copyright since 1923. Speculation about the implications of this happening has been on the rise since earlier this year and has reached new volumes in […]

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Can copyrights be retroactive?

In some situations, the phrase “Better late than never” is appropriate. Registering a piece of intellectual property is not one of them. While it might seem rational to be make the claim that a photograph, once taken, is a static piece of artistic expression. As such, it would seem logical to argue that any use […]

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The right way to protect a copyright under the DMCA

In one of our recent posts, we outlined the four situations under which online service providers can avoid monetary liability if some user infringes on another’s copyrighted material. Among these so-called safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is the takedown. If the provider swiftly acts to remove infringing material after being notified, that […]

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