The Collective Yar: Fallacies and Failure of Digital Copyrights in an All-Access Culture

Posted by Cyberbear on April 25, 2017 in Copyright Law, Intellectual Property, Internet |

Posted By: Drew Weigel The notion that copyright, in part or in whole, might be an inadequate theory of property for digital media is not new. Some have responsibly argued that the statutory distinction between performance and distribution falls apart when applied to digital media, creating a false and unnecessary distinction between interactive and non-interactive […]

Does Internet Fan Fiction Violate Copyright Law or is Fan Fiction Protected by Fair Use?

Posted by Cyberbear on April 25, 2017 in Copyright Law, Intellectual Property |

Posted By: Julia Ketchum   Have you ever read a book or watched a movie and thought maybe it should have ended differently? Or have you wanted to see a copyrighted character interact in a new situation outside the normal tale? For fan fiction writers, using copyrighted characters and copyrighted settings to make a new […]

Computer Software: The Transfer of Licenses Sale of Back-up Copies in the European Economic Area

Posted by Cyberbear on April 25, 2017 in Computer Software, Copyright Law, Intellectual Property |

Posted By: Timothy T. Emmart The European Court of Justice (ECJ) recently held that it is an infringement of copyright to sell or transfer a physical back-up copy of a software program, when the original physical copy has been damaged, lost or destroyed. This ruling came after another ruling by the same court that created […]

Playing Whac-A-Mole with Internet Piracy: Where is it Headed, and Will it Ever Be Stopped?

Posted by Cyberbear on March 24, 2017 in 3-D Printing, Copyright Law, Intellectual Property, Internet, Patents |

For years, the movie and music industries have been plagued by internet piracy through websites like The Pirate Bay, BitTorrent and Torrentz who have given users the ability to download and stream millions of their favorite songs and movies, right from their computer for free. Copyright protection has been evaded so well, that many companies […]

Protecting Innovation

Posted by Cyberbear on May 3, 2015 in Computer Hardware, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Patents |

Posted by: Michael Avila April 20, 2015 Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution provides Congress with the power “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their writings and discoveries”. Through this statement the legitimacy of copyright and […]

Pixel Police: DRM and Securing Photos Online

Posted by Cyberbear on May 1, 2015 in Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Internet |

Posted by: Lauren Stewart April 20, 2015 A disturbing trend has emerged, primarily on Instagram, called baby-role playing. This is where a person, often a teenage girl, steals images of a child from the Internet, gives them a new name, and creates a user profile claiming the child as her own. Some even portray themselves […]

Does Unlocking On-Disc DLC Violate the Anti-Circumvention Provision of the DMCA?

Posted by: Kyle Sol Johnson April 20, 2015 Increasingly videogames are released alongside downloadable content (DLC) the adds some aspect or function to the underlying game. These may be packs of maps, new zones, new weapons and armors, or even entirely new missions. Often it is a combination of the above. Traditionally, DLC is offered […]

They’re Shutting Down the Internet: The Responsibility of Internet Service Providers in Combating Piracy

Posted by: Macaulay Christian April 20, 2015   Imagine that, for some time and on a fairly consistent basis, you download and listen to all of your favorite music through one or more torrent sites. Whatever your personal beliefs are, you do know that, legally speaking, what you are doing is wrong. Your Internet service […]

Does the Constitution Follow the Net?: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Free Speech, & Fair Use

Posted by Cyberbear on May 1, 2015 in Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Judicial Decisions |

 Posted by: Macaulay Christian April 20, 2015 Take a moment to think about computers. There isn’t an aspect of daily life that hasn’t been at least touched, if not outright revolutionized, by the advent of the computer. They no longer mammoth machines existing within the confines of a single, massive space—they’re portable. You probably have […]

Is a Take Down a Taking?

Posted by Cyberbear on May 1, 2015 in Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Internet |

Posted by: Chase Millea April 20, 1015 Under the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, “private property [shall not] be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Traditionally we think of a government taking in the context of real property. If the government wants to knock your house down to build a highway, they are going […]

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