Originality and Transit Sydney: Australia’s low standard of originality claims another victim

copyright, originality, transit sydney, fair use, icetv, dms v telstra, subsistence Asher Moses is reporting today that RailCorp have threatened to sue the developer of Transit Sydney for infringing copyright in their public transport timetables. Transit Sydney is an iPhone app, sold through the store for $2.49 ('just to cover costs'). It provides a display[…]

Obama poster in Australia: we still don’t have a transformative exception

copyright, obama, poster, associated press, shepard fairey, fair use, transformative use The original Associated Press photograph of Barack Obama and Shepard Fairey’s “Hope” poster (compilation from NYT blog story). (I originally wrote some of this content for EFA's submission (PDF) to the Department of Broadband, Communication and Digital Economy’s Future Directions review.) In a major[…]