Copyright & Media Update – 4/07/17

Breaking Down the Neil Gorsuch Plagiarism Scandal

BY JONATHAN BAILEY: Neil Gorsuch is President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court and has been a controversial figure ever since his name was first announced. Already the subject of a pitched battle in the Senate over his confirmation, Gorsuch found himself at the center of what can be described as an 11th-hour scandal as Buzzfeed and Politico broke news that passages from Gorsuch’s 2006 book The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia were nearly identical to a 1984 article from the Indiana Law Journal. READ MORE…

US Copyright Office’s Maria Pallante Grossly Wasted $11.6 Million

BY DANIEL ADRIAN SANCHEZ: Back in October, newly appointed Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden ‘reassigned’ Maria Pallante to a new post.  The narrative goes like this: in an unprecedented move at the US Copyright Office, Carla Hayden, supposedly egged on by Google, suddenly shifted Pallante to a senior adviser position. READ MORE…

Understanding ownership and property in the Digital Age

BY GEOFFREY MANNE & NEIL TURKEWITZ: What does it mean to “own” something? A simple question (with a complicated answer, of course) that, astonishingly, goes unasked in a recent article in the Pennsylvania Law Review entitled, What We Buy When We “Buy Now,” by Aaron Perzanowski and Chris Hoofnagle (hereafter “P&H”). But how can we reasonably answer the question they pose without first trying to understand the nature of property interests? READ MORE…

On Piracy Culture

BY SIDDHANT ADLAKHA: There are two sides to any debate, and regardless of which one is correct (or in many cases, more correct; not everything is black & white), there needs to be a certain amount of agreement on the topic itself before we can be productive. Bring up piracy and you’re likely to find a fundamental disconnect, with people who torrent movies contorting themselves to reach any and all justifications. While I believe the conversation is more nuanced than simple matters of “do” or “don’t,” especially as someone whose cinematic education began with pirated content, there can’t be a conversation at all until we agree on one basic thing: READ MORE…

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