Supreme Court Says Aereo has to Play by the Rules

Today in American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. the Court held that Aereo’s television service, which re-transmits over-the-air TV signals to subscribers does indeed transmit performances to the public within the meaning of the Copyright Act. Aereo tried to engineer its system around the law by using individual micro-antennas assigned to each subscriber. An … Continue reading “Supreme Court Says Aereo has to Play by the Rules”

Mercatus’s Unhelpful Business Advice to the Creative Industries

Washington, D.C. is full of smart people with great ideas about how other people should run their lives and businesses. The more innocent of first hand knowledge and practice they are, the more generous and enthusiastic they seem to be with their advice. While free market advocates are particularly fond of criticizing progressives for this … Continue reading “Mercatus’s Unhelpful Business Advice to the Creative Industries”

Where Are the Creators? Consider Creators in Copyright Reform

Note:  This post was cross-posted at the CATO Unbound on 2/1/2013.  The January 2013 issue of CATO Unbound feature a debate on copyright reform, Opportunities for Copyright Reform This post responds to the discussion in that issue, but it also stands alone as a critique of copyright reform proposals that favor to consider the importance of creators. … Continue reading “Where Are the Creators? Consider Creators in Copyright Reform”

Copyright Reform Through Private Ordering

Note:  This post was cross-posted at the CATO Unbound on 1/14/2013.  The January 2013 issue of CATO Unbound feature a debate on copyright reform, Opportunities for Copyright Reform This post responds to the discussion in that issue, but it also stands alone as a critique of copyright reform proposals that fail to understand how copyright’s nature as … Continue reading “Copyright Reform Through Private Ordering”

Copyright, Economic Freedom and the RSC Policy Brief

Cross-posted to the Copyright Alliance Blog A few days ago, the Republican Study Committee signaled, and then retreated from, a vast change in the GOP’s attitude toward copyright. It released and then retracted a now infamous policy brief entitled “Three Myths about Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix It.” This RSC Policy Brief … Continue reading “Copyright, Economic Freedom and the RSC Policy Brief”