The copyright industries hire a lot of people, and employment figures are often used to argue for stronger protection for rightholders. But do the industries in countries with stronger protection for rightholders hire more people than the same industries in countries with limits on the scope and enforcement of copyright? Do countries with more robust limitations and exceptions to copyright have fewer ‘copyright industry’ jobs?
Today, the long-awaited Google Books opinion is out. And it’s a winner. The New York district court dismissed the case, writing that “Goggle’s [sic] motion for summary judgment is granted and plaintiffs’ motion for partial summary judgment is denied.” Although the failure of a federal class action in this case caused the potential mammoth settlement to fall apart, the outcome has been a far stronger validation of the copyright fair use doctrine than any settlement could be.
The Irish Copyright Review Committee has released its report, Modernising Copyright. Below are two excerpts from the introduction. Click here for the full report.
Summary of Recommendations
The centerpiece recommendations relate to the establishment of a Copyright Council of Ireland and specialist intellectual property tracks in the District and Circuit Courts, and to the introduction of tightly-drawn exceptions for innovation, fair use, and very small snippets of text in the context of online links.
Yesterday, American University’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property held an even the Law and Economics of Copyright Users’ Rights. The event was the launch of an interdisciplinary project to conduct empirical research on the effects of flexibility in copyright law, including both the effects on consumer welfare and on innovation in the technology and creative industries. The project involves both law professors and econmics professors from AU, and like much of our other work, will be done with partners from institutions around the world.
The webcast and speaker presentations from yesterday’s event are online here. A very brief description of the first panel is below, and a description of the second panel will be posted on the blog shortly.
Economists and legal experts will join in a public discussion of the social and economic benefits of copyright users’ rights on September 26 from 2pm at American University Washington College of Law. The event will bring together top scholars in economics and law to discuss needs for empirical research on copyright users rights to inform law reform processes around the world. The first panel will review the empirical scholarship on the relationship between copyright limitations and exceptions and social and economic development and discuss new avenues for research that would improve our public understanding of the issue. The second part of the event will feature a roundtable discussion with regional copyright academics about the need for empirical evidence to promote balanced policy-making in regions where copyright reform initiatives are underway. The event will end with a keynote address by Sunil Abraham from the Center for Internet and Society on the relation between intellectual property flexibility and innovation in the telecommunications sector in India.
On September 26, AUWCL’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property will hold a public conference on The Law and Economics of Copyright Users Rights. It will serve as a launch of an interdisciplinary project to conduct empirical research on the effects of flexibility in copyright law, including both the effects on consumer welfare and on innovation in the technology and creative industries.
September 11, The Promise and the Peril of Intellectual Property Licensing for Indigenous Assets.
September 12, The Marrekesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. Links to registration for the free and public events, as well as to webcast information, are included below.
There are a series of meetings at the Creative Commons Global Summit this week on promoting the public interest and protection of the public domain in copyright reform.
PIJIP has been working for two years on research and advocacy promoting the incorporation of open and flexible general limitations and exceptions into copyright reform proposals. Below is a collection of links to related resources for easy access.
Hello! I’m Brandon Butler, the newest kid on the PIJIP block. Starting this fall I’m the Practitioner-in-Residence at the Glushko Samuelson IP Clinic. For four years I was the Director of Public Policy Initiatives at the Association of Research Libraries, and my first post is about the latest development in a project I worked on there that introduced me to PIJIP: the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries.
A new infographic released today tells the story of library fair use and the Code in a clear and compelling way. There’s an embeddable PNG for your own blog or website, and there’s also a print-ready 8.5″ x 11″ version in case you need hardcopies to hand out at events.
[Reposted from DisCo, Link] Earlier this summer, I gave a talk in Seoul, Korea regarding how the United States actually has two copyright policies: one domestic and one foreign. These policies differ both in terms of how they are formulated, and what they say. Although these two policies have started converging, they still aren’t the same.
The talk occurred at a conference on “The Creative Economy and Intellectual Property” hosted by the Korean Institute for Intellectual Property and the Korean Intellectual Property Office. The conference reflected South Korean President Park’s initiative to promote a “creative economy” in Korea, which I suppose is an effort to distinguish Korea from the perceived “imitative economies” of other Asian countries such as China. At the conference, strong intellectual property protection was portrayed by the hosting organizations as critical to encouraging the development of a creative economy.
[Reposted from matthewsag.com] Our submission provides a brief overview of the U.S. experience of the fair use doctrine since its partial codification in the Copyright Act of 1976 and responds to some specific issues raised in an earlier submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission by the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts. Gwen, Peter and I were concerned that the Kernochan Report’s representation of American experience of fair use was incomplete and potentially misleading. We wrote this submission to provide the ALRC with a different perspective.
67 legal academics have endorsed a letter to Colombian leaders to express concern over copyright legislation intended to implement the country’s obligations under their trade agreement with the U.S. The letter warns that the provisions in the legislation “restrict the activities of information consumers more than is necessary or appropriate, more than the FTA requires, and more than do the provisions U.S. copyright law itself.” It recommends that Colombia give “serious consideration” to a “flexible approach to limitations and exceptions” and offers other suggestions for provisions that protect user rights in copyright.