Debunking Criticism of the Copyright Small Claims Act

It’s been six weeks since the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act (H.R.3945) was introduced to Congress by a bipartisan coalition of Representatives, and while there’s an abundance of support among politicians, creators, artists’ rights organizations, and the Copyright Office, some have been critical of the legislation. Although much of the pushback can … Continue reading “Debunking Criticism of the Copyright Small Claims Act”

CPIP Fall Conference Papers Highlight How Intellectual Property Rights Promote Global Prosperity

By Alex Summerton The George Mason Law Review has just published the papers from our Fourth Annual Fall Conference, Intellectual Property & Global Prosperity, which was held at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, in Arlington, Virginia, on October 6-7, 2016. The conference highlighted the importance of IP rights in the global marketplace and … Continue reading “CPIP Fall Conference Papers Highlight How Intellectual Property Rights Promote Global Prosperity”

Innovate4Health: Miriam Bridges the Gap Between Developing-World Infrastructure and Cancer Detection

This post is one of a series in the #Innovate4Health policy research initiative. By Alex Summerton Originally a disease diagnosed only in developed countries, cancer is now a leading cause of death in the developing world with over half of all new cases annually. The rise in cancer in the developing world is attributed to … Continue reading “Innovate4Health: Miriam Bridges the Gap Between Developing-World Infrastructure and Cancer Detection”

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author T.J. Stiles Makes the Case for Copyright

On October 12th and 13th, the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) hosted its Fifth Annual Fall Conference at Antonin Scalia Law School in Arlington, Virginia. The event brought together scholars, industry professionals, and practicing attorneys to discuss recent developments in intellectual property law and to present meaningful policy reform proposals. In addition … Continue reading “Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author T.J. Stiles Makes the Case for Copyright”

Stream Ripping Emerges as the New Face of Music Piracy

As formats change and advances in technology continue to transform the way we listen to music, new methods of pirating content are never far behind. What started with the analog dubbing and bootlegging of cassettes forty years ago evolved with the digital age into CD burning and MP3 sharing, eventually leading to a chaotic illegal … Continue reading “Stream Ripping Emerges as the New Face of Music Piracy”

Mayweather v. McGregor Warrants Preemptive Anti-Piracy Efforts

This Saturday, the world will be treated to one of the most hyped events in the history of sports when “The Notorious “ Conor McGregor and Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. meet in Las Vegas to become (even more) rich while ostensibly also participating in a boxing match. The bout marks the first foray into boxing … Continue reading “Mayweather v. McGregor Warrants Preemptive Anti-Piracy Efforts”

Judgment Against Sci-Hub is a Win for Authors and Publishers

Last week, the United States Court for the Southern District of New York entered a default judgment against Sci-Hub, the Library Genesis Project (LibGen), and a number of related websites and site operators for the willful infringement of dozens of copyright-protected scholarly articles. The judgment comes two years after Elsevier—an international academic publishing company now … Continue reading “Judgment Against Sci-Hub is a Win for Authors and Publishers”

Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) Unites to Fight Online Piracy

As digital piracy shifts away from torrent downloads and towards unauthorized streaming and theft-based extortion, stakeholders from all parts of the creativity community are reassessing their efforts to fight online infringement. This week, a global coalition of creators and leading on-demand entertainment services joined forces to better address the ever-evolving threat that piracy poses not … Continue reading “Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) Unites to Fight Online Piracy”

From Star Wars to La La Land: How Intellectual Property Fuels Films

The following post comes from Mandi Hart, a rising third-year law student at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, who worked as a video producer before going to law school. By Mandi Hart Movies are a first-love in America and around the world, and their production is made possible by the existence of intellectual … Continue reading “From Star Wars to La La Land: How Intellectual Property Fuels Films”

In Defense of an Inclusive IP Conversation

In a recent essay responding to a divisive critique of his book, Justifying Intellectual Property, Robert Merges makes clear from the start that he won’t be pulling any punches. He explains that the purpose of his essay, Against Utilitarian Fundamentalism, is to address the misleading and polarizing conclusions of Mark Lemley’s 2015 article, Faith-Based Intellectual … Continue reading “In Defense of an Inclusive IP Conversation”