The Arts and Economic Development: A Hot Mess at a Museum in Dallas

At the intersection of economic development and the arts sits a dispute about property rights and moral rights.  The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas, houses a world-renown collection of art in a building that was designed by famed architect Renzo Piano especially for that purpose, in that location.  D Magazine describes the patented roof system as “a barrel-vaulted roof-cum-ceiling made of 3-inch-thick, 1,200 pound glass panels, and, suspended above…

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Bayonets, and the Importance of Original Research

Just a short blog post. You may ask what bayonets have to do with the general theme of this blog. Maybe a bit more than you think. I’ve just published an article  called America’s First Patents. It is a study of the actual patents issued between 1790-1839. Not a study of what other people said about them, or guessed about them, or inferred.  We actually read the patents. Sometimes you…

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Digital Publishing of the Future

I recently attended a fiction writers’ conference, attended predominantly by new and seasoned authors, agents and editors.  As a digital copyright professor, it was interesting to hear what was on the mind of professionals in the publishing field, particularly in comparison to digital music and movies.  Some of the discussion topics that really stood out for me included: 1. Authors and editors don’t talk much about copyright, licensing etc.  That’s…

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Print is Dead; Long Live the Word (Britannica Stops the Presses)

Print is Dead. Long Live the Word. Britannica Stops the Presses. Welcome to the Henry Blake cliche festival. CNN Money reports that after 244 years the print edition of Britannica will no longer be offered. As many may recall, one study indicated the Wikipedia was more close to as accurate than Britannica. It may come as no surprise to those who know me that I tend to ask questions. My…

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Regarding Bella’s Jacket

I feel like I’m scooping Jacqui here, since she’s the Madisonian Twilight expert, but I was so bothered by the recent district court decision in the Bella’s Jacket Brouhaha that I’m chiming in on the intersection of intellectual property and teen vampires. Twilight is probably part of basic 21st century cultural literacy, so I’ll presume that, from Jacqui’s posts if from nowhere else, you’re aware of the basic contours of…

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