Corante

AUTHORS

Donna Wentworth
( Archive | Home | Technorati Profile)

Ernest Miller
( Archive | Home )

Elizabeth Rader
( Archive | Home )

Jason Schultz
( Archive | Home )

Wendy Seltzer
( Archive | Home | Technorati Profile )

Aaron Swartz
( Archive | Home )

Alan Wexelblat
( Archive | Home )

About this weblog
Here we'll explore the nexus of legal rulings, Capitol Hill policy-making, technical standards development, and technological innovation that creates -- and will recreate -- the networked world as we know it. Among the topics we'll touch on: intellectual property conflicts, technical architecture and innovation, the evolution of copyright, private vs. public interests in Net policy-making, lobbying and the law, and more.

Disclaimer: the opinions expressed in this weblog are those of the authors and not of their respective institutions.

What Does "Copyfight" Mean?

Copyfight, the Solo Years: April 2002-March 2004

COPYFIGHTERS
a Typical Joe
Academic Copyright
Jack Balkin
John Perry Barlow
Benlog
beSpacific
bIPlog
Blogaritaville
Blogbook IP
BoingBoing
David Bollier
James Boyle
Robert Boynton
Brad Ideas
Ren Bucholz
Cabalamat: Digital Rights
Cinema Minima
CoCo
Commons-blog
Consensus @ Lawyerpoint
Copyfighter's Musings
Copyfutures
Copyright Readings
Copyrighteous
CopyrightWatch Canada
Susan Crawford
Walt Crawford
Creative Commons
Cruelty to Analog
Culture Cat
Deep Links
Derivative Work
Detritus
Julian Dibbell
DigitalConsumer
Digital Copyright Canada
Displacement of Concepts
Downhill Battle
DTM:<|
Electrolite
Exploded Library
Bret Fausett
Edward Felten - Freedom to Tinker
Edward Felten - Dashlog
Frank Field
Seth Finkelstein
Brian Flemming
Frankston, Reed
Free Culture
Free Range Librarian
Michael Froomkin
Michael Geist
Michael Geist's BNA News
Dan Gillmor
Mike Godwin
Joe Gratz
GrepLaw
James Grimmelmann
GrokLaw
Groklaw News
Matt Haughey
Erik J. Heels
ICANNWatch.org
Illegal-art.org
Induce Act blog
Inter Alia
IP & Social Justice
IPac blog
IPTAblog
Joi Ito
Jon Johansen
JD Lasica
LawMeme.org
Legal Theory Blog
Lenz Blog
Larry Lessig
Jessica Litman
James Love
Alex Macgillivray
Madisonian Theory
Maison Bisson
Kevin Marks
Tim Marman
Matt Rolls a Hoover
miniLinks
Mary Minow
Declan McCullagh
Eben Moglen
Dan Moniz
Napsterization
Nerdlaw
NQB
Danny O'Brien
Open Access
Open Codex
John Palfrey
Chris Palmer
Promote the Progress
PK News
PVR Blog
Eric Raymond
Joseph Reagle
Recording Industry vs. the People
Lisa Rein
Thomas Roessler
Seth Schoen
Doc Searls
Seb's Open Research
Shifted Librarian
Doug Simpson
Slapnose
Slashdot.org
Stay Free! Daily
Sarah Stirland
Swarthmore Coalition
Tech Law Advisor
Technology Liberation Front
Teleread
Siva Vaidhyanathan
Vertical Hold
Kim Weatherall
Weblogg-ed
David Weinberger
Matthew Yglesias

LINKABLE + THINKABLE
AKMA
Timothy Armstrong
Bag and Baggage
Charles Bailey
Beltway Blogroll
Between Lawyers
Blawg Channel
bk
Chief Blogging Officer
Drew Clark
Chris Cohen
Crawlspace
Crooked Timber
Daily Whirl
Dead Parrots Society
Delaware Law Office
J. Bradford DeLong
Betsy Devine
Dispositive
Ben Edelman
EEJD
Ernie the Attorney
FedLawyerGuy
Foreword
How Appealing
Industry Standard
IP Democracy
IPnewsblog
IP Watch
Dennis Kennedy
Rick Klau
Wendy Koslow
Kuro5hin.org
Elizabeth L. Lawley
Jerry Lawson
Legal Reader
Likelihood of Confusion
Chris Locke
Derek Lowe
Misbehaving
MIT Tech Review
NewsGrist
OtherMag
Paper Chase
Frank Paynter
PHOSITA
Scott Rosenberg
Scrivener's Error
Jeneane Sessum
Silent Lucidity
Smart Mobs
Trademark Blog
Eugene Volokh
Kevin Werbach

ORGANIZATIONS
ARL
Berkman @ Harvard
CDT
Chilling Effects
CIS @ Stanford
CPSR
Copyright Reform
Creative Commons
DigitalConsumer.org
DFC
EFF
EPIC
FIPR
FCC
FEPP
FSF
Global Internet Proj.
ICANN
IETF
ILPF
Info Commons
IP Justice
ISP @ Yale
NY for Fair Use
Open Content
PFF
Public Knowledge
Shidler Center @ UW
Tech Center @ GMU
U. Maine Tech Law Center
US Copyright Office
US Dept. of Justice
US Patent Office
W3C


In the Pipeline: Don't miss Derek Lowe's excellent commentary on drug discovery and the pharma industry in general at In the Pipeline

Copyfight

« Blog Vacation | Main | The meaning of TiVo's DRM bug »

September 14, 2005

Kids: Understand the USPTO's reality distortion field

Email This Entry

Posted by Wendy Seltzer

Robyn alerts me to the USPTO's kids' pages, where they've posted a colorful -- but sharply slanted -- "Put a stop to piracy" campaign. We thought it needed a bit of annotation to help kids understand (red from the USPTO page, black mine):

CAN YOU TELL WHAT'S WRONG?

...
You hook up a VCR to your DVD player and make copies of your movie collections as gifts for your pals.
Sorry. You try to hook the two together but Macrovision prevents you from getting a clear picture, even when the movies you want to copy are no longer in print or you're trying to extract scenes to add to commentaries. You probably won't be able to find a macrovision-less VCR, because Macrovision has been suing their makers for patent infringement.

You capture pictures from TV shows and post them on your website along with soundbytes that make you laugh.
Great, you've got a pre-broadcast-flag TV setup that lets you make fair use of media. Hold onto it, because if Hollywood and the FCC have their way, you'll be technologically prevented from grabbing these captures in the future. A "soundbyte" sounds ok, just remember that a sound-gigabyte probably exceeds fair use.

You buy a fake pair of designer shoes from a street vendor - they look like the real thing and cost only a few dollars.
Cool, so long as they weren't made by sweatshop labor and you weren't deceived into thinking you'd bought real designer merchandise. You've just saved yourself a bundle and helped the free market. Fashion designs aren't copyrightable, and trademark protects only against consumer confusion.

Can you spot others? Remember, kids, "these laws and regulations as well as the application process can be very complicated."

Comments (5) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: Laws and Regulations


COMMENTS

1. Copyrighter on September 15, 2005 11:43 AM writes...

I see that Copyfight is still a bunch of wanna-be technologists who think people care about your opinions. Copying copyrighted material is wrong. It's stealing. Get over it and get a life. No one in the entertainment industry gives two cents about your uninformed opinion regarding marketing, music or whatever.

Permalink to Comment

2. Robert Nagle on September 16, 2005 5:14 PM writes...

Your cousin asks to borrow your music CD so he can "burn" a copy.

The music groups on MTV don't want people to share their music unless you pay money to their lawyers. But many other groups let you listen and share their music for free!

"You and your friends decide to share the cost of one copy of a software package and install it on all everyone's laptops so you can all save money." If you look around hard enough, you can probably find a similar program that does the same thing for cheap or free. That way, you can learn a cool program and be able to install it anywhere and anytime you want!

"Modern day pirates have chests full of music, movie and software treasure that they have downloaded illegally from the Internet or perhaps bought from another pirate such as a unscrupulous street vendor."

Many old films and sound recordings are disappearing because companies are not doing anything to preserve them.Luckily, many amateur collectors are making this task easier.

***
Seriously, a good understanding of the terminology and copyright concepts is a good thing for youngsters. Why? It teaches them to avoid restrictive EULAs and devise their own nonproprietary solutions. I would have loved to know the basic information on this sheet in high school for example.

If the governmental site really wanted to be educational, they should have created a two column chart, one labeled Myth, the other labeled Reality. Then they could cite various extragavant myths claimed on both sides.

Here's some myths on the other side:

"Disney says I can't make screenshots from a DVD for a class project."
Well.....(fair use).

"Artists who work for media companies say we need to forbid sharing so the artists can make money.."
Well, (quotes about music contracts, etc).

"MY dad says it's illegal to use bittorrent/emule/etc."
Well, in fact....

Etc.

Permalink to Comment

3. Robert Nagle on September 16, 2005 5:20 PM writes...

Shucks, I should have known that clicking the post button twice (after a period of waiting) wasn't a bright idea. Sorry.

Permalink to Comment

4. Adam on September 18, 2005 11:43 PM writes...

Just because the entertainment industry says (or lobbies lawmakers to say) it's "Stealing" does not mean it actually is. Copyfighter, your attitude is that of one-sidedness in favor the entertainment industry, when what should be sought is a fair balance between the consumers' and industries' desires. If you think the entertainment industry is always in the right, just take a look at what kind of things they are doing: (http://p2pnet.net/story/6283)
It is clear they have and continue to try move that balance closer to their ideal, we are simply doing our best to resist that and keep things fair.

Permalink to Comment

5. Jorh on April 15, 2010 12:12 PM writes...

Just because it is illegal, doesn't mean it is wrong.

Permalink to Comment

POST A COMMENT




Remember Me?



EMAIL THIS ENTRY TO A FRIEND

Email this entry to:

Your email address:

Message (optional):




RELATED ENTRIES
Subscription Services for Books
Lest You Had Any Doubts, the ALA is on the Right Side Again
Deadly Effects of Unaffordable Medicines (TPP)
Planet Money on the Case Against Patents
FMC + Musicians vs FCC on Net Neutrality
Be the Potato Salad
These Businesses and Corporations are Not Your Friends
Aereo Loses