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Copyright in tattoos

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Can copyright extend to the human body?
My slides from my presentation last week exploring this question, up on the Gikii 2 website, got boing boinged. So here is a post about some of the issues that come up, including those that came up in the BoingBoing forum.
Tattoos and “works for hire”
US copyright law divides […]

Tackling open data

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

[cross posted at opencontentlawyer.com]
One of the areas that I will be posting on in the next couple of weeks is open data. My latest project is to re-draft an existing open data licence into a format for worldwide use, much in the same vein of Creative Commons.
If you have an interest in open data, please […]

Smithsonian copyright and Flickr

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

(Via electronic museum.)
Smithsonian copyright revisited: “

Back in May 2007, there was a sudden spike in interest around the ‘outing’ of over 6,000 images from Smithsonian Images by a body calling itself public.resource.org. Essentially, they consider the images to be largely public domain, and therefore did something about it, scraping them from the Smithsonian Images site, […]

GikII 2 programme available

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

I am presenting on copyright and tattoos!
GikII 2 programme available: “Those interested in the GikII 2 (pronounced geeky) workshop, which will take place on September 19 at UCL, London, will be delighted to know that the provisional programme is now online. Yours Truly will present a paper entitled ‘From Zero to Hero: Building a New […]

Very plain language EULA

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

In part of my research for the Eduserv study on the use of open content licences, such as Creative Commons, by cultural heritage organisations, I ran into Spoken Word Services.  This site is an audio archive of BBC material held for access by educational institutions.
It has an extremely informal End User Licence Agreement (EULA). I […]

iSummit legal day - liveblog 4

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Session 4 and 5 Collecting societies
Paul Keller of CC Netherlands updated the group on collecting socities.
Key points:
Two approches to Collecting Societies and their interaction with CC:

A clause to allow people to opt out of the Collecting Societies (for jurisdictions that mandate their use).
A hybrid approach where members (authors/owners) can do a Non Commercial option.  This […]

iSummit legal day - liveblog 3

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

CC legal day session 3 - enforcement
Key points from Lessig talk
Discussed the reasons for retiring CC licences, most recently the stand alone developing nations and most of the sampling licences. Main two reasons — lack of use and the possibility of publishers using DevNations to avoid publishing under a “true” open access licence.
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