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Supreme Court: Cablevision Remote DVR is OK

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on June 29

The ability of consumers to decide where, when, and how they want to watch video content took a small step forward today when the Supreme Court declined to review a…

The Threat to “Fair Use” in the Blogosphere

Posted by: Peter Burrows on June 26

UPDATE: I want to apologize to Robert Cox for calling him Roger in this now-fixed story. Also, I want to refer readers to his response, at the end of this…

While the Books Crumble

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on March 31

Anyone who wonders why copyright law can’t keep up with rapid changes in technology would do well to ponder something called “The Section 108 Study Group Report,” released today. The…

Where Are the Flying Cars and Digital Watermarks?

Posted by: Rob Hof on March 14

I talked with a copyright lawyer, Gregory Rutchik of The Arts and Technology Law Group in San Francisco, today about the Viacom lawsuit against Google and YouTube. His main question:…

Viacom Brings the Hammer Down On YouTube

Posted by: Rob Hof on March 13

OK, so now Viacom’s really serious. It’s suing Google and its YouTube unit for $1 billion. Clearly, this is a negotiating tactic, since it seems unlikely Viacom could reasonably expect…

What’s Up With Microsoft’s Attack on Google?

Posted by: Rob Hof on March 06

That’s the question roiling the blogosphere today, following a speech today (masterfully leaked in advance for maximum publicity) by a Microsoft lawyer to the Association of American Publishers, slamming Google’s…

Google Loses, or Did the Belgian Newspapers?

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 13

Google has lost a case brought by Belgian newspapers, potentially forcing it to exclude the newspapers’ material from Google News, at least in Belgium. John Battelle and Danny Sullivan have…

Abolish Software Patents? Not So Simple

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 14

VC Brad Feld thinks software patents should be abolished because they stunt innovation: If we continue on the path we are on, patents will continue to increase in their overall…

Another Take on Amazon Music: High-Stakes Chess?

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 20

When record labels leaked Amazon’s apparent plans for a digital music store last week, I wondered if the store would be mostly a way for Amazon to get more people…

Changing the Copyright Debate

Posted by: Rob Hof on July 21

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s Grokster decision, a lot of tech folks in Silicon Valley are licking their wounds over the apparent rebuff to their ability to release…


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