Transferring Your Digital Estate at Death

At the beginning of 2014, I call on software makers and Internet service providers to: provide to end users a simple and flexible way to import and export data from their service account (extreme data portability), and provide a simple process for a duly authorized survivor to authenticate and gain access to a decedent’s account […]

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Fair Use to Use Copyrighted Scientific Articles at the US Patent Office

Yesterday, 22 May 2013, U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn gave a bench ruling in American Institute of Physics et al. v. Winstead PC et al., case number 3:12-cv-01230, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. She indicated that the practice of the law firm, Winstead, of making limited copies of articles […]

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Protecting Online Photographs – Watermarking and Copyrighting

There is risk when publishing your images online. Whether you are a professional or just writing a personal blog, there is a chance of theft or, more properly, copyright infringement when someone “borrows” your photographs. It feels horrible. Worse, you might have received some money if your images were used with your permission. However, there are […]

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Copyright Class Action Law Suits – Unregistered Works

On March 2, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Reed Elsevier, Inc. v. Muchnick, 559 U.S. ___ (2010). Ordinarily, a copyright owner must register its work as a precondition to bringing a law suit. The Copyright statute states in relevant part that except for an action brought pursuant to section 106A(a), “no civil action for […]

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