Three Problems with the ACCESS Act

Last week, Senator Ron Wyden introduced the ACCESS Act, a bill that aims to bring pre-1972 sound recordings under federal protection. However, there are some key issues that the bill either ignores or deliberately punts on.

The Copyright Extension That Isn’t

You've likely heard a great deal of talk about an upcoming copyright extension or a rights grab. However, those claims, at best, greatly exaggerated and over-simplified and, at worst, outright false.

The Quiet Death of WHOIS

The GDPR, EU's latest privacy law, is to go in effect in about a week. One of the first and most important casualties of it may be the WHOIS service, a tool loved by security experts and spammers alike...

Introducing the New

Plagiarism Today is made possible because of the consulting work I do with CopyByte, my copyright and plagiarism consulting firm. Now, after far too long, the CopyByte site is getting a new coat of paint.

3 Count

3 Count: All the Stars

Kendrick Lamar faces lawsuit over his music video for All the Stars, Jerry Seinfeld faces new and improved lawsuit over Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and FCC Commissioner asks eBay and Amazon to step up fight over pirate TV boxes.

3 Count: PUBG vs. Fortnite

PUBG makers file a lawsuit over the game Fortnite, Spotify reached $112 million settlement over unpaid composition royalties and Dr. Seuss parody book gets trademark claims dismissed...

3 Count: Lisa Frank

Lawsuit over Gone Girl is dismissed, James Arthur is sued for copyright infringement by The Script and Lisa Frank, yes, that Lisa Frank, settles case with toymaker.

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Understanding Music Licensing on YouTube

We already know that music licensing is a convoluted mess, but things get even more confusing and complicated when YouTube and Google become involved.

Are Let’s Plays Legal?

The recent copyright dispute involving PewDiePie has raised a serious question about the legality of Let's Play videos. So let's dive into it.

PewDiePie and the False DMCA

When Campo Santo filed a DMCA notice against PewDiePie, it didn't raise questions about the legality of Let's Plays, but their own license.

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