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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co.

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources,Property Rights,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/15-290

Unanimous Supreme Court decision that limits the ability of federal regulators to determine what land is protected by the Clean Water Act.  At issue in the case was whether companies could take the regulators to court without having to first seek expensive permits.  From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University

 

2016 Special 301 Report

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

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/USTR-2016-Special-301-Report.pdf

Annual U.S.publication on the global state of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement.  Discusses areas of progress and countries, such as China, placed on the Watch List because of trade secret theft, online piracy, and counterfeiting.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

What’s on Television? The Intersection of Communications and Copyright Policies

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

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44473.pdf

Reviews the evolution of programming since the 1950s, the regulatory structure that was created to protect property rights and promote competition, and whether that regulatory structure needs major changes in the age of online video distributors.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Cambridge University Press et al v. Georgia State University

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Education-Higher,Property Rights,Supreme Court/courts

http://policynotes.arl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/DKT-No.-510-Order-dated-2016_03_31.pdf

Ruling of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on the publisher lawsuit against Georgia State University over alleged copyright infringement relating to e-reserves.  Finds that 41 of the 48 cases were non-infringing fair uses.  From the Association of Research Libraries

 

The Making Available Right in the United States: A Report of the Register of Copyrights

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Property Rights,Treaties

http://copyright.gov/docs/making_available/making-available-right.pdf

Reports that current U.S. law provides the full scope of protection required by international treaties which empower copyright owners with the exclusive right to authorize on-demand transmission of their work to the public. Also provides historical context and legal background on how U.S. law implements the making available right. From the U.S. Copyright Office

 

Horne v. Department of Agriculture

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Headlines,Property Rights,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-275

8-1 Supreme Court decision that a Depression-era federal program that requires farmers to turn over a portion of their raisin crop  to support market prices is an unconstitutional taking of property.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

2015 Special 301 Report

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

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2015-Special-301-Report-FINAL.pdf

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

 

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

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

http://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/dmca_good_bad_and_situational_practices_document.pdf

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

 

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