One of the blogs I read every day is that of The Legal Genealogist (Judy G. Russell). Her posts are a great resource for deciphering your legal research as well as offering interesting family stories (enjoyable even if they aren’t my family).
On May 13, Judy delved into the topic of online sharing in a blog entitled FamilySearch: Sharing is Forever. For all those who share your genealogical research online I highly recommend you check out the post. It is up to you to know and understand what you are agreeing to when you put your information online. Today she posted another blog Copyright and the Quilt that is also a must read. While there, subscribe, you’ll never regret the few minutes you spend reading her posts each day.
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In the book Copyright Unbalanced: From Incentive to Excess (edited by Jerry Brito of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2012 ) the impressive list of contributors makes a case for reeling back the twentieth century extensions of copyright. They advocate for the consideration of the original intent of the creators of the constitution as we reinvent copyright law to meet the need of today’s digital world. They argue that this is “NOT” a liberal view, but rather the true conservative and libertarian position.
What does the constitution say about intellectual property? In Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 (the Copyright Clause) the constitution empowers the United States Congress to “..promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.”
The book, which notes there is no precedent in “common law” for copyright protection, states that “What follows in this book is not a moral case for or against copyright; it is a pragmatic look at the excesses of the present copyright regime and of proposals to further expand it.” You can read the entire first chapter of the book on website of the Mercatus Center.
On the website you will find a link to purchase which sends you to Amazon.com. You can order a Kindle version or a paperback. The Kindle version which can be read in any web browser if you don’t have a Kindle is just $3.99. If you haven’t tried out the Kindle Cloud Reader it’s possible to download the book so you can read off line.
- The Library of Congress updated the progress in digitizing the Copyright Card Catalog in Copyright digitization: Moving right along! which posted on 22 Mar.
- On 19 Mar the US Supreme court ruled that the right to resell publications within the US extends to those that had been purchased legally in other countries. Read more on Newser.
- The Raw Story in a posting on 21 Mar, reports that a Federal judge has ruled that “clipping” news articles and posting them online is a violation of copyright. Read more on the website. Keep an eye on this, there are many companies doing similar “clipping” and information originators are fighting back.