The Rise of Open Source and Copyleft

Posted by Cyberbear on November 19, 2013 in Computer Software, Copyright Law, Open Source |

Posted by: Lauren Proper   Free markets are generally accepted as providing the greatest opportunity for consumers of goods to obtain the best quality for the lowest prices. A free market economy is not without its flaws, however. The idealistic economic philosophy first propagated by Adam Smith’s “Wealth of Nations” has proven more theoretically appealing […]

Google Did What? And Won?: Understanding the Authors Guild v. Google Case

Posted by Cyberbear on November 18, 2013 in Copyright Law, Ebooks & Readers, Intellectual Property, Tech News |

Posted by:  Ashlee Hoffman   In a decision being hailed across the Internet, Judge Chin decided that copying millions of books constituted fair use. How did that happen?

What Copyright is left in Copyleft?

Posted by Cyberbear on November 17, 2013 in Computer Software, Copyright Law, Intellectual Property, Open Source |

Posted by: Daniela Madrid     An author of an original expression of work is granted many rights in his or her work through the federal Copyright Act of 1976. The author is granted many exclusive rights such as the right to sell, distribute, display, and perform. The author also controls any derivative work. The author […]

Do users own or license software?

Posted by Cyberbear on November 17, 2013 in Computer Software, Copyright Law, Judicial Decisions |

Posted by: Taylor Durbin The software industry would undoubtedly lead you to believe that you have merely licensed a single copy of their software product. This conclusion may not be reality, it is possibly a legal fiction created by the software industry. This seemingly subtle distinction between whether you are an owner or mere licensee […]

The Copyright Alert System

Posted by Cyberbear on November 12, 2013 in Copyright Law, Internet, Tech News |

Posted By: Justin McKay Hello Cyberbear readers! Below is a mildly detailed FAQ of the origins and effects of the Copyright Alert System that went into effect earlier this year. What is the Copyright Alert System and what does it do? The Copyright Alert System (CAS) is a collaborative approach between private parties to curb […]

A Safe Harbor That Does Not Seem So Safe

Posted by Cyberbear on November 11, 2013 in Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property |

Posted by: Zach Smith The DMCA take down notice provision provided under 17 USC §512 presents a glaring problem to the freedom and access of information, and essentially amounts to a prior restraint when used by companies to remove their copyrighted material from the Internet.  The take down notices have not been given enough attention […]

Fair Use, YouTube, and You

Posted by Cyberbear on November 11, 2013 in Copyright Law, DMCA, Judicial Decisions |

Posted By: Logan Woodruff Don’t you hate it when you try to click on a YouTube link to the really funny moment of live TV that your friend sent you from the show the other night and your browser goes to YouTube, but then pops up with the annoying message “This video is no longer […]

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