Orphans Works and Fair Use

.@ARLPolicy @mmasnick and @klsmith4906 have already blogged and tweeted most of what should be said about the recent Report on Orphan Works from the U.S. Copyright Office. Like them, I’m particularly concerned about the critical tone that the Report adopts regarding fair use, not only with respect to orphan works in particular but with respect to copyright generally. The myth persists that fair use is a bad and unhelpful doctrine,…

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#Pittsburgh Contrasts

The @pittsburghpg sometimes provides just the right amount of head-scratching source material. From one side of the newsroom, today’s paper brings the annual special report on business titled “In the Lead,” with a highly and appropriately celebratory series of stories about innovators and entrepreneurs in the Pittsburgh region.  The section starts off with a short piece that highlights the emergent culture of entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh.  Set that positive piece next to this negative…

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#FutureLaw 2015 Thoughts

“Future Law 2015,” a conference “focusing on how technology is changing the landscape of the legal profession, the law itself, and how these changes impact us all” starts later today at Stanford Law School, organized by Stanford’s Center for Legal Informatics.  “CodeX FutureLaw 2015 will bring together the academics, entrepreneurs, lawyers, investors, policy makers, and engineers spearheading the tech-driven transformation of our legal system.” The conference site is https://conferences.law.stanford.edu/futurelaw2015/ I’m not…

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Deere Things

This: “In a particularly spectacular display of corporate delusion, John Deere—the world’s largest agricultural machinery maker —told the Copyright Office that farmers don’t own their tractors. Because computer code snakes through the DNA of modern tractors, farmers receive ‘an implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle.’” reminded me of this (law review voice on; footnotes omitted): “The book is the paradigmatic thing in law and…

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Pittsburgh as New Brooklyn

Pittsburgh is again recognized as hip and trendy for a certain demographic:  People looking for hip and trendy on the cheap.  Once, the hip and trendy baseline was Portland. Today, it’s Brooklyn.  http://brooklynbased.com/blog/2015/04/24/move-pittsburgh/ The money quote: “Size, it seems, is Pittsburgh’s double-edged sword. ‘We still need more humans,’ said Matthew Ciccone [The Beauty Shoppe]. ‘There are not enough humans…The more people you have, the more vibrant a place can be.’” The…

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