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COPYRIGHT LAW NEWS...

Read the latest federal court decision on Web Streaming:

Bonneville International Corp., et al. v. Marybeth Peters as Registrar of Copyrights, et al.

(Eastern District of Pennsylvania upholds Registrar's Ruling)


Copyrights protect works of authorship, composition, or artistry.

Copyright covers books, sculptures, paintings or photographs, computer programs, architectural works, movies and records, musical compositions, etc. In the case of musical recordings, the copyright may extend to the music itself (tune and lyrics) and the recording of the performance.


COMING SOON...

A legal update on criminal copyright charges and the Digital Millenium Copyright Act 

Our Cyberspace/Internet Law page is also under construction.


What is the BSA?

Business Software Alliance ("BSA") 

The BSA is a third-party representative of a group of software manufacturers who conducts anti-piracy/anti-copyright software licensing agreement enforcement checks on business owners throughout various parts of the world.  The BSA has developed a well-deserved reputation for no-holds-barred copyright infringement litigation once a truce is declared to have ended.

The BSA website has useful information for companies to assist them with their internal software audit procedures.  

Once pirated or unlicensed software is found, it is imperative that companies take affirmative steps to contact the software manufacturer directly and request proper licenses for all of the infringing software.


FREE-LANCE AUTHORS CLAIM VICTORY

New York Times v. Tasini, 00-201, ___ U.S. ___ (June 25, 2001)

Ruling against big media companies, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that free-lance writers may control whether articles they sold for print in a regular newspaper or magazine may be reproduced in electronic form.

According to the Court, a compilation in an electronic database is different from other kinds of archival or library storage of material that once appeared in print.  That means that copyright laws will require a publisher to get a free-lance authorís permission before posting their work online.   Failure to do so amounts to a violation of the authorís copyright rights.

View the Slip Opinion:  New York Times v. Tasini (pdf format)

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