Andrew House, president and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, affirming the core principle of the Owners Rights Initiative.
Licensing maven Peggy Hoon sees a very interesting take-away in the recent UCLA decision. I need to look at this decision again!
|—||Copyright maximalists often describe copyright infringement as “IP theft.” The term is inappropriate for reasons that have been explained a million times on the Internets, most entertainingly by Nina Paley via vintage-looking animation. Using your copy of a work in ways that implicate copyright without asking permission is not the same as “stealing” the copyright itself. But you know what does look a lot like stealing the right itself? Trying to hold your hand out and demand license payments for a work you didn’t create, publish, or license from the author. That sounds like taking over control of the right itself, not just a particular copy or use.|
Copyright scholar and library licensing expert Peggy Hoon issues a crie de coeur on the deplorable state of library licensing and fair use, pointing to an interesting article on the subject here.
An ad hoc working group has created a new blog to share and discuss draft standard author rights language for library content licenses. This language is intended to be used by libraries and consortia as they negotiate contracts with content vendors in order to ensure that authors at these institutions retain consistent rights to make educational and scholarly uses of their own publications. See link for more info.