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Sunday #Law Summary: 7 Stories I Didn’t Have Time to do Justice

September 18, 2011

Twitterlogical: The Misunderstanding of Ownership. California attorney Brock Shinen examines, in depth, the copyrightability of individual tweets.

Many people believe they own everything they post online, be it Tweets, Facebook status, or whatever. The truth is that most people are most likely incorrect in their assumption.

Museums Make Some Art Available, Free of Charge. Clancco Art + Law posts about LACMA’s decision to make high-resolution images of some of its holdings available online, free for use and re-use by the public.

Don’t get too excited. Most, if not all of the works, are already in the public domain…

Burmese Photojournalist Sentenced to 10 More Years. PDN Pulse reports:

Burmese photographjournalist Sithu Zeya, who was sentenced last year to 8 years in prison for violating Burma’s immigration laws and “Unlawful Associations Act,” was sentenced yesterday to an additional 10 years for violating the country’s “Electronics Act” …

Before Facebook censors us, we’ll do it ourselves. The Art Newspaper covers a Swedish gallery’s decision to censor images containing nudity posted to Facebook.

The move was partly to stop Facebook removing the images, but also “to trigger a debate”.

No Beatles for you! EU adds 20 years to music copyrights. The EU has extended copyright protection for sound recordings by 20 years, moving the term of protection from 50 to 70 years. Just as the U.S. Copyright Term Extension Act, passed in 1998 (perhaps to protect Mickey Mouse), the extension applies retroactively. ARS Technica reports:

The long and winding road to this point actually began in 2008, when the European Union announced a plan to extend musical copyrights to 95 years. The stated objective was to “help aging session musicians” who had been making small amounts of money from these recordings for 50 years but were about to be cut off just when the rigors of old age were taking their toll.

Complaints prompt museum to cancel exhibit of kids’ drawings. The Newseum’s First Amendment Center posts this AP story about an exhibit at Oakland’s Museum of Children’s Art. The exhibit was closed after complaints by the community.

The drawings, done by children between the ages of 9 to about 11, showed bombs being dropped, tanks and people getting shot.

“They are pictures of what these children experienced. It’s their experience,” said Barbara Lubin, executive director of the alliance.

If a Kid Grabs Your Camera and Snaps a Photo, Who Owns the Copyright?. Answer: Probably the kid. What’s interesting about this post at PetaPixel is really the the gross misunderstanding of copyright law demonstrated by some of the comments. Don’t believe everything you read. Example:

In Canada and the US, I believe copyright belongs to /whoever develops, or pays to develop the roll of film/.

That’s it for this week. I’ll keep an eye out for good #Law content.

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