Law and “incorporation by reference”

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • February 6, 2017

Carl Malamud founded the non-profit Public.Resource.org in an attempt to make sure that law and other government documents are widely available to the public.   Perhaps his biggest fight has been over the question of whether or not private standards that …

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A Selfie, a Macaque & Copyright

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • January 11, 2016

So, a macaque monkey gets his hands on a camera, starts playing with it and took a selfie.  Who owns the copyright to the picture?  The owner of the camera, the public or the monkey?  The issue is in litigation …

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Google Books Challenge Continues

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • January 5, 2016

As mentioned in a previous post, free public access to the snippets of copyrighted books in Google Books is still legal, due to a recent decision of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  However, the Google Books copyright challenge …

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Google Books: Still Legal

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • October 20, 2015

Last Friday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed an earlier district court decision upholding Google’s right to scan millions of books from libraries and present “snippets” of them, along with book purchase information, at its Google

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Trade Secrets Law

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • September 14, 2014

For those interested in intellectual property law, especially the national and international world of trade secrets, a new Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report, Protection of Trade Secrets: Overview of Current Law and Legislation, provides an expert, objective summary of …

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No Copyright Protection for Pi Music

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • April 10, 2012

According to the Pi Day website, Pi is “an irrational number, meaning it will continue infinitely without repeating.”  If you want to see the first million digits of Pi and more information about Pi, visit their website HERE.

Pi …

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Copyright and Twitter

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • January 20, 2011

Does posting a picture to Twitter via TwitPic give all other Twitter users an implied license to use your picture, including for commercial gain?

You wouldn’t think so, and the Southern District of New York did not think so in …

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Copyright Watch

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • November 21, 2009

While prowling the web this week, I was led to Copyright Watch, a newly launched website created by copyright experts from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Electronic Information for Libraries and other international groups. The focus of Copyright Watch …

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New Google Digital Book Settlement

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • November 15, 2009

For Google-watchers and those interested in copyright, antitrust law, and the legal controversy over the use of millions of books that Google has scanned and digitized from library collections, the latest news is that the parties met yesterday’s federal court …

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YouTomb

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • June 13, 2009

If you have an interest in copyright, open access, and culture, you might want to check out YouTomb, a research project of MIT Free Culture, a student organization at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. YouTomb tracks videos on …

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