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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Orphan Works and Mass Digitization: A Report of the Register of Copyrights

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations

Documents the problems faced by those who seek to use orphan works or engage in mass digitization projects because rights holders cannot be located or identified.  Proposes legislative recommendations to resolve the problem while respecting the rights of copyright owners.  From the U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress


Money for Something: Music Licensing in the 21st Century

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Copyright/Patents,Telecommunications/Internet

Describes the current legal framework governing the music industry.  It also examines the changes in technology and consumer behavior that have reshaped the industry.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


2015 Special 301 Report

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Property Rights,Treaties

Annual review of the state of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement by U.S. trading partners around the world.  The report identifies a wide range of concerns especially with practices in China, India, Russia, and Brazil.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


Fair Use Index

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Supreme Court/courts

Aims to make the principles and application of fair use in copyright matters more understandable to the public by presenting a searchable database of court opinions.  Provides a brief summary of the facts of the case, the relevant questions presented, and the court’s determination as to whether the contested use was fair.  From the U.S. Copyright Office of the Library of Congress


Copyright Protection for Certain Visual Works

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Copyright/Patents

Request for comments from copyright owners and users about how the market for photographs, graphic arts and illustrations is working.  Comments are due by July 23, 2015.  From the U.S. Copyright Office of the Library of Congress


DMCA Notice-and-Takedown Processes: List of Good, Bad, and Situational Practices

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Property Rights,Telecommunications/Internet

Presents a set of agreed upon practices, developed by stakeholders, aimed at improving the operation of the notice and takedown system under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.  From the Internet Policy Task Force, posted by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration


Telecoms Firms Lead WIPO International Patent Filings

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Science/Technology,United Nations

A report on international patent filing in 2014 when China and the U.S. accounted for 87% of the growth in filings.  From the World Intellectual Property Organization


2014 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Property Rights

Lists online and physical marketplaces that engage in trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy. From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


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