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Life Ain’t Fair, College Edition

The SAT is a poor measure of college aptitude but it’s better than most others.

Socialize Music?

A really weird proposal to solve a problem that probably doesn’t exist.

America’s Stupid Copyright Laws: ‘I Have a Dream’ Edition

One of the iconic speeches in American history is copyrighted.

AP Wins Case Limiting Fair Use

AP has won round 1 in a case against Meltwater that would severely limit the Fair Use concept in commercial cases.

Romney Ad Uses Obama “I’m So In Love With You” Performance

Two liberal columnists say a recent Mitt Romney ad proves he’s out of touch—and implies that he’s running a racist stealth campaign.

Brokaw Objects To Romney Anti-Gingrich Ad with Old NBC Footage

Tom Brokaw isn’t happy with Mitt Romney’s latest ad, which use of a 1997 NBC news report on Newt Gingrich’s ethics.

SOPA/PIPA Blackout Protests Lead Co-Sponsors To Jump Ship

Members of Congress are responding to the protests against SOPA and PIPA by withdrawing their support for the bills.

Tim Pawlenty In Hot Water Over Use Of “Miracle On Ice” Footage

A new Tim Pawlenty television ad is raising copyright issues rather than, as intended, bringing back memories of the 80s.

Tom Petty: Michele Bachmann Can’t Use ‘American Girl

When Tom Petty found out Michele Bachmann was using his “American Girl” to introduce campaign events, he issued a letter saying, in essence, “Don’t do me like that.”

Federal Judge: Copying An Entire Article Can Be “Fair Use” Under Copyright Laws

For the second time in two weeks, copyright lawsuit mill Righthaven has suffered a loss in Federal Court.

Sarah Palin Trademarks Her Name

As of June 17, Sarah Palin is a registered US trademark, serial number 85-170,226.

Copyright Law and Higher Education

Academic publishers want to end the Fair Use of scholarly journal articles in the classroom.

WKRP and Stupid Copyright Laws

The iconic WKRP in Cincinnati is not being syndicated or available on DVD in its original format because it’s classic rock soundtrack is hamstrung by copyright laws and music licensing fees.

Bloggers vs. Righthaven

The Media Bloggers Association has filed an amicus brief against a company which exists for the sole purpose of suing bloggers.

Viacom: YouTube Ruling ‘Completely Destroys’ Copyright

Viacom says a lower court ruling in favor of Google “would radically transform the functioning of the copyright system and severely impair, if not completely destroy, the value of many copyrighted creations.”

Fixing the Copyright System

The American copyright system is broken. Cory Doctorow offers some useful suggestions for fixing it.

Palin Beats Gawker in Book Suit

federal judge on Saturday ordered the website Gawker to pull down unauthorized excerpts from Sarah Palin’s forthcoming book, “America By Heart.”

Copyright Stupidity

Too many copyright owners are stupidly invoking their rights to keep short clips off of YouTube and other services, losing potential customers in the process.

Howard Fineman to HuffPo

In yet another sign of how rapidly the media landscape is changing, longtime Newsweek stalwart is leaving for the Huffington Post.

Most Sexist Ad Ever Isn’t An Ad

The webmaster of a local Republican chapter linked a YouTube video that implies Democratic women are ugly.

Yes We Cannabis

BLOGGING AND FAIR USE

SON OF NAPSTER