January 1 of each year is Public Domain Day, the day we should celebrate works entering the public domain. Unfortunately, in the US there will be nothing to celebrate until 2019. So instead, let's talk about how that happened. Think of what you know about copyright--how you get one, how long it... Read more
"CBS uncovers rare Jack Benny treasures, puts them back and tosses out the key." We need an Orphan Works Act before we lose more of our social and cultural heritage to time and memory.
When I came to Red Hat, I had to make about a 180-degree shift in my approach to my work. My practice is in trademarks, copyrights and patents, fields that are traditionally all about excluding others. Counseling clients was about how to keep anyone else from using what was yours.
The secret ingredient It's a Sunday afternoon and I've got no idea what's for dinner. The supplies from the week's earlier grocery trip have dwindled. What's left? A bit of mashed potato. A head of cauliflower. A couple of pieces of breakfast sausage. Some wilting spinach. What to do?
Bradley Kuhn at the Software Freedom Law Center has posted some advice on reporting GPL violations - "Assume the violation is an oversight or an accident by the violator until you have clear evidence that tells you differently."
In the past, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other Europeans have objected to the Google book scanning project and the proposed settlement. The reasons I've heard for the objection include the absence of protection for moral rights in the U.S., that foreign works published in the U.S. may not... Read more
There is no morality in copyright, it's just a tool. I have no problem with anyone who believes that their own best interests are furthered by refusing any licensing of their work, and I respect that decision. Don't want your music to be shared? That's your choice - maybe it's not smart or... Read more