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Improv, Sketch, and Copyright

Prof. Randal C. Picker, University of Chicago Law School February 10, 2016 For roughly the last two years, I have been taking improv classes, first at Chicago’s legendary Second City and more recently at iO (equally well-known in the comedy community but probably less well-known to the general public; iO used to be known as [...]

By |2018-05-01T14:07:51+00:00February 10th, 2016|Intellectual Property Issues|Comments Off on Improv, Sketch, and Copyright

Can You Copyright Downward-Facing Dog?

Prof. Randal C. Picker, University of Chicago Law School October 13, 2015 That is the clickbait headline for last week’s Ninth Circuit decision in Bikram’s Yoga College of India, L.P. v. Evolation Yoga, LLC.  The issue in the case was whether a particular set of so-called hot yoga practices could be copyrighted.  The Ninth Circuit [...]

By |2018-06-06T11:23:05+00:00October 13th, 2015|Intellectual Property Issues|Comments Off on Can You Copyright Downward-Facing Dog?

Internet Giants: The Law and Economics of Media Platforms

Prof. Randal C. Picker, University of Chicago Law School August 6, 2015 I am in the middle of a media/education experiment.  I suspect that I am reaching the point of the new parent armed with a cell phone who wants to show you just one more picture of the new baby, but maybe I can [...]

By |2018-05-01T14:34:05+00:00August 6th, 2015|Intellectual Property Issues|Comments Off on Internet Giants: The Law and Economics of Media Platforms

Garcia v. Google (Again): Fixing Copyright?

Prof. Randal C. Picker, University of Chicago Law School June 5, 2015 On May 18, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued its eagerly awaited en banc opinion in Garcia v. Google.  More than a year ago, in a 2-to-1 decision, the Ninth Circuit had found that Garcia had a sufficient likelihood [...]

By |2018-06-06T11:35:56+00:00June 5th, 2015|Intellectual Property Issues|Comments Off on Garcia v. Google (Again): Fixing Copyright?

Delivering Packages (on the Internet)

Prof. Randal C. Picker, University of Chicago Law School March 16, 2015 On Feb. 26, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission announced its new Open Internet Rules (what the rest of the world calls network neutrality), but it didn’t actually release the rules until this past Thursday, March 12, 2015.  The rules themselves are quite short, [...]

By |2018-05-01T15:39:34+00:00March 16th, 2015|Intellectual Property Issues|Comments Off on Delivering Packages (on the Internet)

The Invention of the Software Patent

Prof. Randal C. Picker, University of Chicago Law School February 25, 2015 Software patents are extraordinarily controversial.  In 2011, the White House was asked through its online petition set-up to direct the patent office to cease issuing software patents.  The White House declined, noting that Congress was in charge of the general scope of patent [...]

By |2018-05-01T15:43:11+00:00February 25th, 2015|Intellectual Property Issues|Comments Off on The Invention of the Software Patent

Copyrighting History: The Making of ‘Selma’

Prof. Randal C. Picker, University of Chicago Law School January 7, 2015 It is the season for movie awards.  Movie reviewers are checking their lists twice to see who has been naughty and nice.  And some movies are released right at the end of the year to a limited number of theaters so as to [...]

By |2018-05-01T15:58:06+00:00January 7th, 2015|Intellectual Property Issues|Comments Off on Copyrighting History: The Making of ‘Selma’

U.S. Patent Policy and World War II

Prof. Randal C. Picker, University of Chicago Law School September 15, 2014 The headline of the New York Times of Tuesday, Aug. 7, 1945, is as chilling today as it was then: “FIRST ATOMIC BOMB DROPPED ON JAPAN; MISSILE IS EQUAL TO 20,000 TONS OF TNT; TRUMAN WARNS FOE OF A ‘RAIN OF RUIN.’”  Some [...]

By |2018-05-02T16:45:29+00:00September 15th, 2014|Intellectual Property Issues|Comments Off on U.S. Patent Policy and World War II

Authors Guild v. HathiTrust: Fair Use Comes to Digital Book Repositories

Prof. Randal C. Picker, University of Chicago Law School August 6, 2014 As the New York Times 2004 headline put it, “New Google Service May Strain Old Ties in Bookselling.”  Strain indeed.  Google announced its mass book digitization project, which it then called Google Print, at that year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.  Now almost 10 years [...]

By |2018-07-04T10:41:04+00:00August 6th, 2014|Intellectual Property Issues|Comments Off on Authors Guild v. HathiTrust: Fair Use Comes to Digital Book Repositories

Injunctions and Standard Essential Patents

Prof. Randal C. Picker, University of Chicago Law School May 6, 2014 Historians will look back and try to identify the precise point of peak patents, meaning, the point at which patents achieved their maximum strength.  I am not sure exactly when that will be, but one has the sense that we might be at [...]

By |2018-05-02T17:40:26+00:00May 6th, 2014|Intellectual Property Issues|Comments Off on Injunctions and Standard Essential Patents