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Dori Ann Hanswirth

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Paul McCartney chants ‘Get Back’ again – The Future of Copyright Termination

The US Copyright Act of 1976 allows artists, writers, and musicians to “get back” grants of copyrights that had been previously licensed or assigned away. Specifically, artists can “terminate” their copyright arrangements simply by serving notice upon the grantee between 46 and 59 years after the date that the rights were granted.  This means that, for the hit songs of … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Policy & Regulation Dori Ann HanswirthNathaniel Boyer

US: Google Books is “fair use” of 20+ million copyrighted works; class action dismissed

On Thursday, a New York-based federal judge (Chin, J.) ruled that Google Books, a repository of over 20 million books available to be text-searched by any internet user for free, is a non-actionable “fair use.”  The Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google, Inc., No. 1:05-cv-08136-DC, ___ F. Supp. 2d. ___ (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 14, 2013).  Reasoning that Google Books uses “words … Continue Reading