Copyright enforcement principles

In a recent publication with Ericsson, we call for more principled development of copyright law and, particularly, greater emphasis on creating cheap, easy, and quick legal distribution channels (as opposed to harsher, cheaper, and quicker enforcement mechanisms). Most of this is pretty straightforward – we need more evidence in our policy development. Importantly, however, we Read more about Copyright enforcement principles[…]

Ninth Circuit reverses MDY v Blizzard (WoW Glider) on Copyright grounds (not DMCA)

The 9th Circuit has reversed the MDY v Blizzard (WoW Glider) case on the secondary copyright infringement grounds (but not one of the DMCA claims). This is important; the district court had held that players infringe Blizzard’s copyright in WoW by playing the game in breach of the rules, primarily because the prohibition on botting Read more about Ninth Circuit reverses MDY v Blizzard (WoW Glider) on Copyright grounds (not DMCA)[…]

MDY v Blizzard

mdy, blizzard, glider, wow, copyright, norms, rules, enforcement, damages MDY v Blizzard provides one of the hard questions through which I'm framing my thesis. This case concerns how internal rules are going to be able to be enforced in virtual communities, and to what extent copyright is the appropriate vehicle for their enforcement. Virtually Blind Read more about MDY v Blizzard[…]

DFAT briefing on the current state of ACTA

dfat, acta, copyright, enforcement, trademark, treaty Today I attended a briefing session on ACTA hosted by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). I felt it was a good meeting, and I really got the sense that DFAT were interested in public participation. There was a good deal of frustration on both sides Read more about DFAT briefing on the current state of ACTA[…]