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Please Don’t Sue LeVar Burton for Reading Soothing Stories to Scared Children

Please Don’t Sue LeVar Burton for Reading Soothing Stories to Scared Children

The Reading Rainbow host said he wants to start doing live versions of his podcast—but can't without permission from authors.
You Can Now Access 1.4 Million Books for Free Thanks to the Internet Archive

You Can Now Access 1.4 Million Books for Free Thanks to the Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is temporarily eliminating waitlists for tons of ebooks to create a National Emergency Library open to anyone with an internet connection.
Supreme Court rules states are immune from copyright law

Supreme Court rules states are immune from copyright law

North Carolina can't be sued for pirating photos of a famous pirate ship.

‘Dreams’ player forced to remove his fan-made Mario assets

Sony's long-awaited Dreams arrived earlier this year, a LittleBigPlanet-esque wonderland in which players can build almost any kind of world they can imagine -- but only if it doesn't infringe on

‘Dreams’ player forced to remove his fan-made Mario assets

Sony's long-awaited Dreams arrived earlier this year, a LittleBigPlanet-esque wonderland in which players can build almost any kind of world they can imagine -- but only if it doesn't infringe on
A brief diversion from serious stuff, to talk about an a-hole conservative

A brief diversion from serious stuff, to talk about an a-hole conservative

Meet Michael Moates. He’s kinda the worst.Normally, you’d say, “what’s so special about yet another Qanon-style conservative down in Texas? They’re a dime a dozen!” And sure, you’d be right. But
It's Too Hard to Put Artwork Into the Public Domain

It's Too Hard to Put Artwork Into the Public Domain

"Just to prove that our commitment to copyright abandonment isn’t merely academic, we hereby abandon all copyright interests in this article, fully and irrevocably."
The Freewheeling, Copyright-Infringing World of Custom-Printed Tees

The Freewheeling, Copyright-Infringing World of Custom-Printed Tees

Print-on-demand companies allow anyone to upload designs for T-shirts, mugs, and other items. But many images violate intellectual property rights.
G-Eazy and Juicy J Named in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over "No Limit"

G-Eazy and Juicy J Named in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over "No Limit"

A pair of Memphis artists are claiming their 1993 song was ripped off for "No Limit."
A federal judge declared that a famous song about public property is still private property

A federal judge declared that a famous song about public property is still private property

Woody Guthrie originally wrote "This Land Is Your Land" as a kind of screed against the exploitations of private property ownership. When he submitted the song for copyright, Guthrie allegedly wrote
New algorithm generates every possible melody to curb copyright lawsuits

New algorithm generates every possible melody to curb copyright lawsuits

It’s become a regular occurence in the music industry: An artist releases a song. The song becomes a hit. Fans of another artist notice similarities to one of their songs. That other artist’s label or
Someone Set Up a Weird, Fake Corporate Website to Trick Twitch Into Banning Left-Wing Streamers

Someone Set Up a Weird, Fake Corporate Website to Trick Twitch Into Banning Left-Wing Streamers

Streaming giant Twitch.tv issued 24-hour bans to some of its biggest left-wing podcasters on Tuesday night, including Chapo Trap House, radio host David Pakman, and Mychal “Trihex” Jefferson, citing
A pair of musicians recorded every possible MIDI melody just to get around copyright law

A pair of musicians recorded every possible MIDI melody just to get around copyright law

Motherboard has an interesting new piece about musical copyright law, and the fact that there are only so many musical sequences using half-step frequencies possible. What happens when they're all
How a Metroid Fan Turned a Threatening Legal Letter into a Job Making Games

How a Metroid Fan Turned a Threatening Legal Letter into a Job Making Games

Milton Guasti had spent a decade remaking Metroid 2, until Nintendo shut it all down. Then, a developer making a Metroid-style game came knocking.
New Tool Generates Every Possible Melody for Public Domain Use

New Tool Generates Every Possible Melody for Public Domain Use

Two musician-programmers have released the contents of their universal melody hard drive into the public domain in hopes of saving musicians from frivolous copyright lawsuits. The post New Tool
Musicians Algorithmically Generate Every Possible Melody, Release Them to Public Domain

Musicians Algorithmically Generate Every Possible Melody, Release Them to Public Domain

Damien Riehl and Noah Rubin generated and saved every possible melody to a hard drive, then turned it back around to the commons.
How the "monkey selfie" is affecting copyright law for art and writing produced by artificial intelligence

How the "monkey selfie" is affecting copyright law for art and writing produced by artificial intelligence

Earlier this month, the United States Copyright Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization co-sponsored a symposium titled Copyright in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. The purpose of
5Pointz graffiti has now made an indelible mark on the law and art

5Pointz graffiti has now made an indelible mark on the law and art

An appeals court affirmed that a real estate developer must pay $6.75 million in damages for the willful destruction of 45 works of graffiti in Long Island City, Queens.

JPEG on the Blockchain: Image Format Creator Believes Tech Can Fight Copyright Theft

A blockchain-based system might better flag fakes and prevent copyright violations, technical committee JPEG says.