What’s Wrong with This Picture: Using Copyrighted Photos Online

Carolyn Wimbly Martin and Ethan Barr

Barb, a vegetarian nutritionist with a blog, decides she wants a photo of sprawling farmland at the header of her most recent post. Searching Google Images, she finds such a photo of an organic peanut farm, albeit with a group of hardworking nut harvesters at the bottom of the photograph. Seemingly innocuously, she saves the […]

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Copyright Office Proposes Rules to Modernize Recordation of Termination Notices

On June 3, 2020, the U.S. Copyright Office (“Office”) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking and a notice of inquiry to request public comment concerning efforts to modernize the recordation of termination notices. Copyright owners should be aware of these potential changes as they are likely to ameliorate the burdens they face when attempting to […]

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Social Media and Political Speech: The President’s Executive Order

Jeannette Maurer Carmadella and Nick Feldstern

The debate over social media’s role in moderating user content, specifically political speech, heated up last month when Twitter started added fact checking and warning labels for the first time to a number of President Trump’s tweets. Traditionally, social media giants like Twitter and Facebook remain neutral, only intervening, and moderating user content when it […]

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Internet Archive’s Open Library and Copyright Law: First Addendum

Carolyn Wimbly Martin and Nick Feldstern

This post has been updated. Read the original post here, the second addendum here and the third addendum here. As the COVID-19 crisis continues, royalty-free access to digital content remains a concern for academics at all levels of research and instruction. The Internet Archive copyright dispute, however, came to a head this month when Hachette […]

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Summer Camp IP and Other Policies Require Revisions with Move to Online Space

Summer camps this year will overwhelmingly be virtual. In this new world, camp administrators cannot simply reuse the legal agreements and releases, privacy policies, codes of conduct and copyright policies they have been using for in-person camps. Each of these elements, together with the camp’s insurance coverage, forms part of an overall risk management program […]

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