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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

There’s some interesting work being done addressing new ways of defining rights and licensing and more tightly defining the realm of copyrightable works in a meaningful way. A three-year project at UC Berkeley with representatives from law, media, motion picture and software industries, the Copyright Principles Project, just released a report outlining some preliminary suggestions.

Press release :: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/9463.htm

full report is here (pdf) and an excellent read ::
http://www.law.berkeley.edu/files/bclt_CPP.pdf

Among their suggestions are a more clear delineation (perhaps by reintroducing registration of some kind) of works the authors desire to be be protected, possibly through searchable private registries, reexamination of the five different rights (reproduction, perform, distribution, display, derivative) , a broader personal use exemption and better way to resolve small claims.

Here’s one writeup discussing the project:

http://copyrightchronicle.blogspot.com/2010/10/copyright-principles-project-copyright.html

and another

http://www.copyhype.com/2010/11/copyright-principles-project-increasing-the-us-copyright-offices-role/

[cross posted from Controlled Vocabulary and ASMPStock]

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