Could the Judiciary Force À La Carte Cable Plans?

by Joshua Auriemma August 3, 2012 Legal Analysis
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I’ve been following American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo for a while now and the district court’s recent denial of the plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction has me contemplating what effect this case could have within the Second Circuit. Aereo is a neat little company that engineered a large array of television antennas1such that it can […]

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Is This Face Subject to Copyright?

by Joshua Auriemma July 19, 2011 News
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There’s been a lot of chatter on the internet lately about the above picture. For the uninitiated, this is a picture of an Indonesian macaque monkey. “What’s the big deal,” you may be asking yourself, “it’s just a National Geographic looking picture of a monkey.” The big deal, friend, is that the monkey itself took […]

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YouTube to Require Copyright “Offenders” to Attend Copyright School

by Joshua Auriemma April 15, 2011 Minor Geeks

From an article I assumed had been sourced by The Onion, it seems that YouTube will soon require that copyright offenders take a copyright law class before their accounts will be reinstated. This could be a good thing so long as an “offense” isn’t tantamount to “DMCA request received.” That’s unrealistically optimistic, though.

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Copyright Propaganda, Facebook Spying, and Lawbrarians

by Joshua Auriemma September 23, 2009 Podcasts Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:19:07 — 72.4MB) | Embed Introductory Stuff Laura’s not on a journal and isn’t doing OCI, and that’s why she’s still sane Federal clerkship interviews are crazy pants

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Holden Caulfield, Gay Superheroes, and the Death of The Author

by Sean McGilvray July 13, 2009 Legal Analysis

Two recent developments have raised questions about the amount of control an author has over his characters once they leave the womb of his or her creative imagination and enter the collective consciousness. There’s a fine line between the public awareness and the public domain, and just because a character has embedded itself in the […]

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Family Guy Wins Court Battle Citing Fair Use

by Joshua Auriemma March 16, 2009 Legal

In another victory for fair use, Judge Deborah Batts ruled today that the adaptation of the song “When You Wish Upon A Star” was protected by Section 107 of The Copyright Act, otherwise known as the fair use exception. I’m always interested to see these parody cases play out because parody is so ingrained in […]

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Kindle Copyright Woes, Take 2

by Joshua Auriemma March 1, 2009 Geekery

For those of you who haven’t been following the Kindle 2 copyright problems, essentially publishers (and authors?) have been complaining about the text to speech feature of the new Kindle.  Their claim is that including a text to speech engine is a violation of their rights as copyright holders under § 106 of the Copyright […]

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Does Copyright Make Sense?

by Joshua Auriemma December 19, 2008 Law School

  I finished my copyrights exam the other day after 22 hours and 7 minutes straight with no eating or sleeping.  We were limited to 6 pages so my preambular rant took some serious cuts, but here it is as it existed for submission: Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution […]

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Copyright Problems re: Selling Law School Outlines?

by Mr. X October 8, 2008 Legal Analysis

Captain Copyright – A Canadian Creation. So I’m thinking about whether it is legal and/or advisable to sell my old 1L outlines to the hoard of current 1Ls that would undoubtedly pay dollars for a customized outline.  There was a service called TakeNote @ Cornell that produced custom class notes on red paper, designed to […]

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