Monkey See, Monkey Do: There’s No Copyright for You
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Monkey See, Monkey Do: There’s No Copyright for You

A photographer’s journey to an Indonesian nature preserve resulted in macaque monkeys having fun with his camera.When a monkey’s “selfie” went viral, so did the copyright questions. Multiple disputes ensued, including a lawsuit filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals against the photographer and his publisher arguing that…

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Rise of the GIFs

They are everywhere you look online: compressed image files, usually animated, of people or animals. Graphic Interchange Format (GIF), created to reduce file transfer time, has given rise to social media feeds full of cats riding burritos in space and ubiquitous iterations of the salmon cannon. And lots of athletes…

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Running from Alice Towards Copyright

Many technology professionals consider business method patents and software patents under attack by the courts after the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in the Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International patent case. Even before this decision, in fact, over the last decade, courts have been invalidating patents already…

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Ashley Madison Doesn’t Understand the DMCA

Sometimes secretive websites don’t keep their secrets very well. That’s certainly true of the Ashley Madison site, which is now a famous (infamous) site that connects those interested in infidelity with other like-minded people that was hacked. So what did its owner, Avid Life Media, do when its customers’ data…

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Paying for Happy Birthday

Yes, the “Happy Birthday” song has been around for a while. And yes, until very recently, if you wanted to sing it and play the music for a commercial purpose you had to pay $$ for the privilege. Warner/Chappell music was raking in the dough for that ubiquitous song for…

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