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Copyright and Trademark

Copyrights and trademark are both types of intellectual property (IP). Copyright is a legal term describing rights given to creators for their literary and artistic works. A trademark provides protection to the owner of the mark by ensuring the exclusive right to use it to identify goods or services, or to authorize another to use it in return for payment.

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In his article for Wired magazine, Harvard law professor Jonathan Zittrain examines issues of censorship, content altering, and access restrictions that are unique to books in electronic formats.
TAP recently spoke with Professor Mike Ananny about his academic expertise in networked journalism. He discussed how technology intertwines with journalism, his work creating technological toys for language acquisition, and the topic of his next book.
Professor Polk Wagner participated in a conversation about the Prenda lawsuits on Penn Law’s “This Week in Law” podcast. The discussion covered online copyright infringement, copyright trolls, and the specifics of the Prenda lawsuit.
“Reform(aliz)ing Copyright for the Internet Age,” a conference hosted by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, attracted an international group of intellectual property experts to debate the merits of introducing legal formalities to copyright law.
Professor Ed Felten, Princeton University, wrote an article for Slate that shows how the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) hinders security research. In “The Chilling Effects of the DMCA”, he tells three stories of DMCA threats against himself and a graduate student. He also offers suggestions for how Congress can fix the problem.
In his latest column for Publishers Weekly, Professor James Grimmelmann examines the Capitol Records v. ReDigi decision.
In her recent papers, Professor Samuelson explores copyright law from three different perspectives: an author’s exclusive rights to derivative works; whether application program interfaces (APIs) of computer programs are copyrightable; and, she examines proposals for copyright reform.
The new Copyright Alert System is a collaborative effort between copyright owners (major record companies and Hollywood studios) and participating Internet service providers to curb online piracy. James Grimmelmann, New York University, and Jonathan Zittrain, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University, explained aspects of the system.
Peter DiCola, associate professor at Northwestern University School of Law, speaks with TAP, sharing his thoughts on copyright law as it relates to the music industry.
My latest article, “Future Conduct and the Limits of Class-Action Settlements,” has just been published in the North Carolina Law Review. I’ve been working on this one for a long time—two and a half years—and have been struggling with the ideas for even longer—nearly five. I’ve kept it under wraps until now because I wanted to be sure I had the details right.
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Piracy and IP Enforcement

In the context of technology, “piracy” is a colloquial term for the illegal copying of copyrighted works. The related problem of counterfeiting is the illegal reproduction of patented or trademarked products.


Google’s Supreme Court Faceoff with Oracle Was a Disaster for Google

There's a real chance the Supreme Court could focus on this issue [the copyright status of APIs] in its decision—perhaps sending the case back down to the lower courts for even more litigation. — James Grimmelmann, Professor of Law, Cornell Tech and Cornell Law School

James Grimmelmann
Ars Technica
October 8, 2020

Featured Article

Copyright for Literate Robots

Increasingly, written works are read or written by robots. Many copyright cases conclude that robots can “read” works without infringing copyright law. These cases were correct, but discourage online service providers (OSPs) from using humans to analyze online content.

By: James Grimmelmann