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Members of Congress the Latest to Question ALI’s Restatement of Copyright

As copyright wonks are surely aware, the American Law Institute (ALI) has been busy with its first foray into restating a body of federal statutory law, the Restatement of Copyright. Restatements have traditionally covered state common-law topics, such as employment, property, trusts, and torts, which are primarily governed by some combination of state statutory and … Continue reading “Members of Congress the Latest to Question ALI’s Restatement of Copyright”

A Message From CPIP on Giving Tuesday

As we enter the holiday season and look ahead to 2020, we hope that you will keep CPIP in mind as you plan your end-of-year giving. Your support is critical to ensuring that CPIP continues its activities and works to engage academics, creators, and innovators in a scholarly dialogue on the importance of intellectual property. … Continue reading “A Message From CPIP on Giving Tuesday”

CPIP Roundup – November 29, 2019

Greetings from CPIP Executive Director Sean O’Connor As we wind down the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S., the CPIP team is grateful for many things, most especially your support. If you are spending time with family—or enjoying a “Friendsgiving”—we hope it has been restful. As part of CPIP’s enhanced focus on international engagement, I … Continue reading “CPIP Roundup – November 29, 2019”

CPIP Roundup – October 31, 2019

Greetings from CPIP Executive Director Sean O’Connor CPIP started a busy and productive October with our Seventh Annual Fall Conference, The IP Bridge: Connecting the Lab & Studio to the Market, which featured—among many informative and well-received panels and presentations—keynote addresses by Professor Robert Merges of UC Berkeley and Maria Pallante of AAP. The video … Continue reading “CPIP Roundup – October 31, 2019”

The CASE Act: Why Creators Need a Small Claims Tribunal

The Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) and the Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, invite you to a panel discussion on the CASE Act. The CASE Act: Why Creators Need a Small Claims Tribunal Thursday November 14, 2019 4:45 – 6:00 PM Antonin Scalia Law … Continue reading “The CASE Act: Why Creators Need a Small Claims Tribunal”

CPIP Roundup – September 30, 2019

Greetings from CPIP Executive Director Sean O’Connor The fall semester is now in full swing at Antonin Scalia Law School, and the CPIP team has been busy this past month with our various programs and events. On September 12-13, we hosted the third meeting of the 2019-2020 Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship, where the Edison Fellows … Continue reading “CPIP Roundup – September 30, 2019”

Publishers v. Audible: An Army of Red Herrings

Audible has now filed its response to the publishers’ request for a preliminary injunction—twice. It filed the exact same brief to argue that it shouldn’t be preliminarily enjoined (Dkt. 34) and to argue that the complaint should be dismissed for failure to state a claim (Dkt. 41). Unfortunately for Audible, the repetition of fallacious arguments … Continue reading “Publishers v. Audible: An Army of Red Herrings”

Audible’s Planned Caption Service is Not Fair Use

Late last month, a group of publishers filed a complaint against Audible in the Southern District of New York asking the court to enjoin the audiobook distributor’s launch of a new audio-to-text transcription service. Although Audible has yet to file a response, a statement from the company—a subsidiary of Amazon since 2008—hints at a fair … Continue reading “Audible’s Planned Caption Service is Not Fair Use”

Publishers v. Audible: VCRs and DVRs to the Rescue?

On August 23, a group of publishers, including Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster, sued Audible for copyright infringement. Audible, which is a subsidiary of Amazon, sells and produces audiobooks, and it planned to launch a new speech-to-text feature on September 10. The feature, dubbed Audible Captions, would automatically convert the licensed audio … Continue reading “Publishers v. Audible: VCRs and DVRs to the Rescue?”

George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School Launches Innovation Law Clinic

Scalia Law Will Serve Emerging Tech Sector in the DMV George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School today announced the launch of its new Innovation Law Clinic to support the emerging, dynamic tech sector in the DMV (DC, MD, No VA). Sean O’Connor, a distinguished innovation scholar and Executive Director of Scalia Law’s Center for … Continue reading “George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School Launches Innovation Law Clinic”