A New Year’s Copyright Puzzler

A short version, a long version, and a surprise. The short version: who has precedence, the CC NC clause or the First Sale doctrine? The long version: First, a little background on the First Sale doctrine from Wikipedia (normal caveats apply): The first-sale doctrine is a limitation on copyright that was recognized by the U.S. … Read more

This Class (c) 2008

I suppose if faculty deliberately choose to misunderstand their role and torment students, they’re free to do so. As Wired reports, another faculty member is claiming that notes students take in his class infringe his intellectual property rights. Michael Moulton, pictured right, and his publisher Faulkner Press (no link love for you!) are asserting what … Read more

It’s A Dam That’s Cracking

Via the amazing Peter Suber, some quotes from a story called Internet book piracy will drive authors to stop writing in the London Times: Chevalier, the author of Girl with a Pearl Earring who also chairs the London-based [Society of Authors], said that her members were deeply concerned that the publishing industry was failing to … Read more