Tag Archives: copyright

Why Netflix Instant’s selection sucks

I wrote a piece for Techdirt about how a shift from the “permisionless”—but paid—DVD rental business to the permissions intensive movie streaming has prevented Netflix Instant from having anything like the selection of old-fashioned Netflix. It should be astonishing that a company that once had to maintain and transport a staggering inventory of fragile plastic […]

Silicon Valley ad tribute to Steve Jobs: fair use?

I saw this ad for the new HBO show Silicon Valley in a BART station on the way home from the Next Great Copyright Act conference: In case you’re not familiar with the original, this is a straightforward parody of Albert M. Watson’s famous portrait of Steve Jobs, which appeared on the cover of Jobs’s […]

Newsletter launch: 5 Useful Articles

I’ve launched a new weekly newsletter on copyright, trademark, and patent policy with my friend Sarah Jeong. It’s called 5 Useful Articles, which is a pun. We announced the newsletter Monday and sent out the first issue on Thursday to some 150 people. We’ve had new subscribers since then without much more promotion, so maybe […]

The Ulysses piracy case and “Innocence of Muslims”

I’ve just finished reading Robert Spoo’s book “Without Copyrights,” an academic look at the history of American publishing in the 19th and early 20th centuries, when American copyright first did not apply at all to works first published abroad, and later applied only with strict manufacturing and notice requirements. The first half of the book […]

Art+Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon

I had a great time this weekend editing Wikipedia at the San Francisco satellite of the Art+Feminism edit-a-thon. Check out the venue: There were a few dozen people there, mostly new to editing, all excited to contribute some work. And we got a lot of great stuff done! I spent most of the day teaching […]