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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Report and Recommendations of the Technical Upgrades Special Project Team

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Science/Technology

Assesses technological functionality and business strategies related to services of the U.S. Copyright Office.  Offers recommendations for improving the ability of the office to administer copyright registration, recordation, and statutory license services.  From the U.S. Copyright Office


Transforming Document Recordation at the United States Copyright Office

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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