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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Transforming Document Recordation at the United States Copyright Office

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums

http://copyright.gov/docs/recordation/recordation-report.pdf

Reviews the history and current paper-based state of copyright recording and recommends creation of an electronic system to replace it.  Makes 9 recommendations about the features and functions of such a system.  From the U.S. Copyright Office at the Library of Congress

 

Protection of Trade Secrets: Overview of Current Law and Legislation

Categories: Business/Economics,Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Spying/Intelligence

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/secrecy/R43714.pdf

Describes what trade secrets are, why they are valuable, how they differ from patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and why legislation has been introduced to strengthen the federal role in protecting trade secrets.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Technische Universitat Darmstadt v. Eugen Ulmer

Categories: Copyright/Patents,European Union,Libraries/Museums

http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf?text=&docid=157511&pageIndex=0&doclang=EN&mode=req&dir=&occ=first&part=1&cid=289323

Decision of the European Court of Justice allowing libraries to digitize books in their collections without the consent of the copyright owner in order to make them available for reading on a dedicated computer.  The court also ruled that copyright owners must be compensated if library users want to print or capture the text on storage devices.  From the European Court of Justice

 

Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations

http://copyright.gov/comp3/docs/compendium-full.pdf

 

Third edition of the document that explains the rules and requirements relating to copyright registration and documentation of ownership.  From the U.S. Copyright Office

 

American Broadcasting Co Inc v. Aereo

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/pdf/13-461.pdf

6-3 Supreme Court decision that Aereo is violating copyright law by transmitting television network programs via the Internet without paying for them. From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

Amanda Blackhorse et al v. Pro-Football Inc

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Athletics/Exercise,Copyright/Patents,Headlines,Native Americans

http://ttabvue.uspto.gov/ttabvue/v?pno=92046185&pty=CAN&eno=199

Text of the decision to cancel the Washington professional football team’s trademarks, because they were disparaging to Native Americans when they were registered.  The decision covers only the right to register and not the right to use the trademarks in question.  From the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

 

Authors Guild v. Hathitrust

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Headlines,Libraries/Museums,Supreme Court/courts

http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca2/12-4547/12-4547-2014-06-10.pdf

Ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit that the creation of a full-text searchable database of copyrighted works by Hathitrust is not a violation of the fair use doctrine of copyright law.  From Scribd

 

2014 Special 301 Report

Categories: China,Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,India,indonesia,Property Rights,Treaties,Turkey

http://www.ustr.gov/sites/default/files/USTR%202014%20Special%20301%20Report%20to%20Congress%20FINAL.pdf

Annual report on the importance of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement.  Places10 nations on the Priority Watch List and 27 others on the Watch List.  Countries such as China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Turkey have been listed every year since the reports began 25 years ago.  From the  Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

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