The Rise of the Patent Troll: An Animated Primer by Kirby Ferguson

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Recently, I’ve been spending time investigating copyrights, keen to find out if it’s cricket for me to impose my vision on certain authors’ long ago work.


What Books, Movies, Songs & Paintings Could Have Entered the Public Domain on January 1, 2014?

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Every year, Duke University’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain highlights major works that would have entered the public domain had the copyright law that prevailed until 1978 still remained in effect today.


Sherlock Holmes Is Now in the Public Domain, Declares US Judge

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Chief Judge Rubén Castillo of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois has ruled that the characters and story lines used in 50 Sherlock Holmes texts published by Arthur Conan Doyle before Jan.


Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Discusses His Love for Reading Proust, and Why “Literature is Crucial to Any Democracy”

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Worth a quick note: The New York Review of Books has posted an intriguing interview with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who reflects on an important moment in his intellectual life — reading Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time) for the very  first time … in French.


Listen to Supreme Court Arguments on Prop 8 and DOMA Online

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This week, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments about gay rights in America. And, no matter how the court decides, these cases will enter the history books.


What Should Have Entered the Public Domain in 2013?: Philip K. Dick, James Bond, Billie Holiday, Etc

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What entered the public domain in the US in 2013? It’s not a long answer, because the answer is …. nothing.
Now here’s a question that yields a longer answer.


Creative Commons Announces “School of Open” with Courses to Focus on Digital Openness

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Just in time to celebrate Open Education Week, here comes a new initiative, the School of Open, a learning environment focused on increasing our understanding of “openness” and the benefits it brings to creativity and education in the digital age.


Michael Sandel’s Famous Harvard Course on Justice Launches as a MOOC on Tuesday

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Back in 2009, Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel made his course, Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?, available on the web for free (YouTube – iTunes – Web). Suddenly lifelong learners around the world had access to a popular course enjoyed by more than 14,000 Harvard students over 30 years.


Kingsley Browne, Wayne State Law Prof, Embarrasses Himself Spectacularly on The Daily Show

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Jon Stewart and company can make pretty much anyone look like an imbecile. Some nights they have to put a lot of elbow grease into it. Some nights less. And, some nights, they can just leave the elbow grease on the workroom shelf.


What Entered the Public Domain in 2013? Zip, Nada, Zilch!

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Last year, key works by James Joyce and Virginia Woolf finally entered the public domain, at least in Europe. (Find them in our collections of Free eBooks and Free Audio Books.) This year, we got pretty much bupkis, especially if we’re talking about the United States.


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