http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/currency/2014/02/who-owns-this-image.html and @Clancco_ArtLaw
Neo-populism at http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/02/17/140217fa_fact_packer
The Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at the UC Berkeley School of Law will host the 14th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference on August 7th and 8th, 2014. The conference is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, UC Berkeley School of Law; the Intellectual Property Program, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University; the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology, DePaul University College of Law; and the Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology, Stanford Law School.
The IP Scholars Conference brings together intellectual property scholars to present their works-in-progress and to listen and discuss others’ works. The format of the conference is designed to facilitate open discussion and to help scholars hone their ideas. Papers presented should be works-in-progress that can benefit from the input provided by IPSC attendees.
Requests to Present: Requests to present should be submitted electronically no later than May 5, 2014, by submitting an abstract of the work-in-progress at http://ipscholars.org. Every effort will be made to accommodate full-time IP scholars who submit a request by the deadline. Requests from research fellows, non-U.S. researchers, and practicing attorneys as well as late submissions will be considered to the extent that time and space permit.
Presentation Decisions: Final decisions on requests to present will be made by May 30, 2014, and requestors will be notified at that time. A wait-list will be created in order to allow some speakers to be added in the event that selected presenters are unable to attend.
Final abstracts for inclusion in the conference binder and papers for posting on the conference website will be due July 25, 2014.
Requests to Attend: BCLT welcomes attendance by full-time academics who would like to participate in discussions but do not plan to present their own work. Requests to attend should be registered at http://ipscholars.org.
For further details, see the conference announcement posted to http://madisonian.net/conferences/2014/02/14/intellectual-property-scholars-conference-2014-at-berkeley/
[Madisonian readers: I wrote this for a general audience. I'm reposting here for your amusement/fact-checking.]
The 48th annual Super Bowl is tomorrow, which means of course that people are thinking about intellectual property law. (Doesn’t everyone?) No, I’m not going to talk about whether your local grocery store infringes on the NFL’s trademark when they advertise “Super Bowl Savings,” except to pose the question of whether a single person ever has been actually confused about whether that indicates a relationship between the NFL and the grocery store. Or the makers of this thing. Rather, I’m going to talk about television. Specifically, what size television can you watch the Big GameTM on?
The NFL caused a bit of confusion on this score when they sent a cease and desist letter to an Indiana church back in 2007 that was planning on hosting a Super Bowl party for church members, with a fee for attendance and the game displayed on a “giant” TV. (I can’t find a description of the exact size.) In the letter and in subsequent pronouncements, the NFL took the position that it was a violation of copyright law to display the Super Bowl to a public gathering on a screen larger than 55 inches diagonally. In the face of likely congressional legislation in 2008, the NFL backed down and said it would not enforce its rule against church groups. But it still maintains that others cannot display the game publicly on sets larger than 55″.
News stories about the controversy have gotten some parts of the relevant copyright law correct, but are still a bit confusing on the 55-inch “rule” and where it comes from. So I’ll try to clarify. The short version: There is no 55-inch rule, at least not for the game itself. Continue reading