Happy Lawsuit To You

I first heard about the copyright on Happy Birthday To You when watching Aaron Sorkin’s Sport’s Night: (BTW – I don’t remember that show having a laugh track. Quite jarring) I felt just as incredulous as that guy. Still, even the most obvious things, like zippers, have to come from someone’s brain. I didn’t think […]

A New Copyright Exception Should Be Considered

In the past week I’ve listened to the most recent episodes of The Commandline Podcast and The Giant Bombcast. The former was a discussion of those who willingly violate copyright law as a comparison to those who violated the Volstead Act and 18th Amendment to the US constitution both of which made it illegal to […]

Missing the Point of Public Domain?

The Whitehouse has been posting the official photographer’s photos on flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse .  They each have the following written in the description: This official White House photograph is being made available for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in […]