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For You and Me or Private Property?: Evaluating the Copyright Claim in Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land”

By Jason Lee Guthrie

For the Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy blog, in fulfillment of obligations for the Thomas Edison Innovation Law and Policy Fellowship

In early 1940, Woody Guthrie was on the road to New York City, and he was tired. Read more

Trump Interview Lawsuit Exposes Uncertainty in a Corner of Copyright Law

Will Donald Trump’s lawsuit against Bob Woodward and publisher Simon & Schuster[1] finally resolve the question of who owns the copyright over interviews? While the complaint has other challenges, it calls out a surprisingly muddled and unresolved area of copyright law. Read more

Publishers prevail in lawsuit against Internet Archive

a gavel lying on a table in front of books on a shelfOn Friday the Federal Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) ruled in favor of Hachette and other major book publishers, and against Internet Archive (IA) in a lawsuit considering IA’s Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) program, under which IA scanned books and “loaned” digital copies of copyrighted works over the internet.   Read more

C-IP2 2023 Spring Progress Report (December 2022-February 2023)

Greetings from C-IP2 Faculty Director Seán O’Connor

With this Spring 2023 Progress Report, we’re pleased to provide you with updates on what C-IP2 and our friends and affiliates have been working on from December 2022 through February 2023, from academic roundtables and other events to publications and various engagements. Read more

Policy Brief: The TRIPS Waiver for COVID-19 Vaccines, and Its Potential Expansion: Assessing the Impact on Global IP Protection and Public Health

This policy brief, including the following “Introduction and Executive Summary,” comes from Eric M. Solovy.

CLICK HERE to read the brief in full.

Overlaid images of pills, a gloved hand of someone expecting a pill, and an eyedropperIntroduction and Executive Summary

On June 17, 2022, in the early morning hours of the final day of the World Trade Organization’s (“WTO”) 12th Ministerial Conference, the Members of the WTO adopted a waiver of the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (“the TRIPS Agreement”), commonly known as the “TRIPS Waiver for COVID-19 Vaccines” or the “TRIPS Waiver.” Read more

C-IP2 2022 Fall Conference Panel Discusses Copyright Under Pressure

The following post comes from Cala Coffman, a 2L at Scalia Law and Research Assistant at C-IP2.

At the recent C-IP2 conference entitled IP on the Wane: IP on the Wane: Examining the Impacts as IP Rights Are Reduced, one panel discussed the current state of copyright law, the pressures it has come under in recent years, and their differing perspectives on how the digital world is shaping copyright. Read more

C-IP2 2022 Fall Progress Report (June-August 2022)

Sean O'ConnorGreetings from C-IP2 Faculty Director Seán O’Connor

As our fall season of programming is underway, we are pleased to report on summer (June-August) programming and scholarship at C-IP2. Here are some highlights:

    • Fifth annual exclusive WIPO-U.S. Summer School on Intellectual Property virtually hosted about fifty students from around the world, taught by renowned experts from the academy and industry
    • Fourteen new Senior Scholars and Scholars (several of whom are former CPIP/C-IP2 Edison Fellows)
    • Professor Alexandra Roberts of Northeastern University joins in our new position of Senior Fellow for Trademarks
    • Three amicus briefs in major IP cases drafted and filed by C-IP2 staff and affiliates

We also organized the 2022-2023 Thomas Edison Innovation Law and Policy Fellowship and C-IP2’s 2022 Annual Fall Conference during this period—both of which were successfully held in person and will be included in next quarter’s Progress Report. Read more

C-IP2 Statement Commemorating Marybeth Peters

C-IP2 is saddened by the death of former Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters — an accomplished and inspiring copyright lawyer who led the U.S. Copyright Office from 1994-2010. Register Peters began her love affair with copyright on Valentines Day of 1966 with her appointment as a music examiner in the former Music Section of the Examining Division. Read more