Tag Archives: Copyright law

Science Fiction, Charles Dickens & the Comedy Podcast: A New Look at Plagiarism

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How would you feel if a short story you had sold to a magazine was photocopied and handed out by a college teacher — or posted on the university’s website for free download? What if the magazine was defunct, and … Continue reading

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A Fresh Look at Copyright & Fan Fiction

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As a non-lawyer who writes often about legal topics, the last thing I want to see in my email inbox is a message from a nationally recognized legal expert who is pointing out a mistake in something I wrote. That’s … Continue reading

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Study Says Online Social Norms Create Copyright Violations


A new study from Georgia Tech says that mash ups, fan fiction and content sharing have created new complexities in copyright that have effectively turned the legal concept of “fair use” on its ear. Research into fan fiction and other types … Continue reading

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When Does a Copyright Troll Back Down?

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It’s a known fact that while copyright trolls tell those they are suing that they will pursue all of their cases to the bitter end, that isn’t how they behave. Court records show dozens – if not hundreds – of … Continue reading

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The Copyright Lobotomy


TechDirt blogger Leigh Beadon wrote a brilliant analysis of the basic problem with intellectual property law titled, The Copyright Lobotomy: How Intellectual Property Makes Us Pretend to be Stupid. I’m not going to attempt to summarize the excellent article, because … Continue reading

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