Copyright

28Nov 2019
Question on a Keyboard

Dear Doc: I’ve heard that politicians who use music at their campaign appearances and in their Internet postings (Tweets, Memes, and other stuff) need to get permission from the music artists, and that sometimes, they don’t. What happens then? Signed,Dazed and Confused   Dear D&C:The basic rule of copyright is that unless use of a […]

17Oct 2019
Question on a Keyboard

Dear Doc: I have heard that Congress is considering a new law that would create a small claims court for copyright infringement cases, particularly those that stem from infringement on the Internet. That sure sounds like it would help to stop unauthorized copying! Whaddya think? Signed,Well-intentioned.   Dear Well:   Have you ever shared a […]

10Oct 2019
Copyright

Here is some news for old fogey music lovers (like me).   Remember the Spencer Davis Group? Stevie Winwood was the sixteen year old lead singer belting out hits like “Gimme Some Lovin’.”  In 1966, the song reached the number 2 hit single position in the U.S.  According to Muff Winwood, the bassist, it was “conceived, arranged, and […]

19Sep 2019
Question on a Keyboard

Dear Doc: I know that in the past you have said (complained, actually) that copyrights last far too long…for the life of the author plus another 75 years (or 95 years for corporate-authored works.) That said, it was not always the case that the term was so extensive. How can I know if a book […]

12Sep 2019
Copyright

In many parts of the world, authors and artists also own “moral rights” in their works.  Moral rights include the “right of attribution, the right to have a work published anonymously or pseudonymously, and the right to the integrity of the work.”  The “right to integrity” means that right to object to the “distortion, or […]

18Jul 2019
Question on a Keyboard

Dear Doc: My cardiologist says that I need to cut out salt. My copyright lawyer says that salting is useful. What gives? Signed, Patient but Confused   Dear PbC:   No wonder you’re confused! You think that doctors and lawyers speak the same language?!? The Doc never heard anything so funny!   Let’s get this […]

27Jun 2019
Question on a Keyboard

Dear Doc: Lately I have been reading a lot about “deep fakes”, which seem to be photos and videos that have been edited for propaganda purposes. Isn’t it against the law to do that? Why don’t the copyright police put an end to such deceptions so that the public may once again be able to […]

18Apr 2019
Question on a Keyboard

Dear Doc: As part of my profession, I often create things that I present to my clients. For example, I may create a floor plan or an interior design drawing. I may create renderings of what a project will look like when completed. I create bills of materials, supplier lists, written specifications, and all sorts […]

11Apr 2019
Copyright

This week the European Parliament approved a controversial copyright law, the “Copyright Directive” (“Directive”), that may have serious implications for both providers and consumers of online content in Europe. While this may not be relevant to most of our readership, it may be an important testing ground for changes in US copyright law. For example, […]