Bad info about copyright online? Shocking

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It shouldn’t surprise me that there’s a lot of bad information out there on ye olde World Wide Web. Still, every time I read something false about copyright, I get a bit annoyed.  Take this article from Fast Company, for example, entitled This Copyright-Flaunting Music Video Imagines “Star Wars” with Really Long Lightsabers. The article addresses… Read more »

Star Wars: The Copyright Question

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As a huge Star Wars fan, I was super excited when I saw this on YouTube:  That’s right, Star Wars: The Animated Movie. Hand-drawn by Jeronimus Dekker with “a monk’s sense of concentrating and dedication”, this short film is a 6-minute summation of the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope. And it’s amazing. Each frame… Read more »

The Google Books Dispute Resurfaces

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* Guest post by Amanda Zerangue (MLS, JD), UNT Libraries GLA The Google Books Dispute Resurfaces In a move that comes as a surprise to many keeping tabs on the Google Books dispute, Authors Guild recently petitioned the Supreme Court to hear its case against Google Books, arguing again that Google’s book digitization project constitutes… Read more »

U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index

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The United States Copyright Office has recently created a Fair Use Index. This index is intended to make it easier for attorneys and laypersons to understand fair use and how to apply it. The database is searchable and provides citations to and  summaries of court opinions, not the full opinions themselves. Users can generally access… Read more »