Category Archives: Art

Is IP Utilitarian or a Natural Right?

Image by ivelinradkov Usually, when we talk about copyright or patents, we focus on the utilitarian aspects of the law.  We’ll discuss the merits of specific arguments in a case or the need of the author or inventor to earn a … Continue reading

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Reality Check – H.R. 1695

Photo by stefanocarocci H.R. 1695, The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act, passed in the House of Representatives last week with a vote of 378-48.  As the bill moves to the Senate, many of the usual suspects in anti-copyright … Continue reading

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Can “Charging Bull” Artist Have “Fearless Girl” Removed?

Embed from Getty Images When the story first broke about the “Fearless Girl” statue, I didn’t pay it much more attention than I had ever given to the “Charging Bull” that the girl now faces in her defiant, wind-blown pose.  … Continue reading

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Copyright is Not About Defending Old Models

Photo by DelmasLehman Pretty much since Napster (1999), tech pundits have been presumptuously lecturing pro-copyright creators about economist Joseph Schumpeter’s principle of “creative destruction.”  This is the observation that the market will naturally produce innovations which will displace existing products or services, often … Continue reading

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Critics Build House of Canards to Trash USCO Bill

Photo by jeancol1503 Well, here we go.  The network of copyright critics seems to be working out their main talking points for hating on H.R. 1695, which proposes to make the Register of Copyrights a presidential appointee (with Senate approval) rather … Continue reading

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