FEPP Archives - Issues - Copyright
Delicate Balance Between Copyright and Free Expression.
(June 3, 2002) - A battle over the "public domain"
became a major Supreme Court First Amendment case.
Next Frontier: "Intellectual Property" and Intellectual Freedom
(October 2002) - FEPP Director Marjorie Heins's Julie M.
Boucher Memorial Lecture to the Colorado Association of Libraries, outlining
threats to art and culture posed by current copyright law.
Frozen Public Domain
(January 17, 2003) - The Supreme Court's January 15, 2003
decision upholding the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act was a disappointment
for everyone who believes in a vibrant public domain.
Court Stops File-Sharing Subpoenas
(December 19, 2003) - The D.C. Circuit's decision bars
the recording industry from forcing ISPs to reveal the names of subscribers
for whom they simply transmit e-mail or provide Internet conections; but
it may provide only temporary relief to those who share music online.
Court Rejects First Amendment Challenge to the DMCA
(February 25, 2004) - Judge Susan Ilston's ruling
that "DVD Copy Plus" violates the Digital Millennium Copyright
Act ignores the First Amendment interest in a robust public domain.
Ain't Over Till It's Over
(April 8, 2004) - A new lawsuit spotlights thousands
of copyright "orphans" that should be in the public domain.
Court Upholds File Sharing
(August 20, 2004) - Rejecting industry
arguments, judges say that the technology has important legitimate uses.
Free Expression Issues
(September 10, 2004) - How the copyright system, media
regulation, and government funding affect free speech.
the Copyright Balance
(September 21, 2004) - A new court decision outlaws rap
music's unauthorized sampling of even one chord from another sound recording.
Can't Use Copyright Law to Squelch Competition
(November 17, 2004) - The U.S. Court
of Appeals rejects Lexmark's bid to monopolize the market in toner cartridges.
Dismisses New Challenge to Copyright Regime
(November 29, 2004) - A federal judge
says that moving to an "unconditional" system didn't change the basic
contours of copyright law.