Copyright Fair Use Empirical Study by Barton Beebe

By: Ian McClure
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Barton Beebe, a copyrights and trademarks expert and professor at Cardozo School of Law, recently published an article titled "An Empirical Study of U.S. Copyright Fair Use Opinions, 1978-2005".[1] The Study is a thorough statistical examination of every federal court opinion that significantly involved fair use since 1978. The study was so insightful that it is important to summarize and share some of the key empirical data to the copyright law professional community. In short, much of the data went "against the ... Read More

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Termination of Transfer: A Run On Copyrights?

By: Ian McClure
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I recently authored an article ("Termination Rights: A Second Bite at the Apple") that was published in the January 2009 issue of The Federal Lawyer regarding section 304(c) of U.S.C. Title 17. That section, which affords certain termination rights to authors of copyrighted works which were secured and granted prior to 1978, has garnered little attention until recently, mostly because of the small timeframe through which the rights can be exercised. I wrote the article because of a string of recent cases (and ... Read More

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