Here We Go: Copyright Issues Building in Campaign 2012

I just pub­lished a new post on William & Mary’s Stu­dent IP Soci­ety blog about the Rom­ney cam­paign’s recent deci­sion to pull down an attack ad from the Inter­net, after CNN approached them about the use of clips from their pro­gram­ming — specif­i­cally, the debate they hosted.  Although the cam­paign main­tained their use was pro­tected “under the law,” it com­plied with CNN’s request as a cour­tesy.  It seems likely the cam­paign’s use of the con­tent is fair, but obvi­ously the last thing they want is to waste resources on copy­right issues.

Read more analy­sis in the full post.

From Bits to Atoms: 3D Printing and the Future of IP

A post I wrote a few months ago about the rise of desk­top 3D print­ing has just been pub­lished to my law school’s Stu­dent Intel­lec­tual Prop­erty Soci­ety blog:

For the past few decades, copy­right law has been strug­gling with the rel­a­tively new abil­ity for the aver­age per­son to cre­ate per­fect dig­i­tal copies of music, videos, images, and text at effec­tively zero cost.  In the com­ing decades, copy­right law will face an entirely new and poten­tially more har­row­ing chal­lenge: the rise of the abil­ity to cre­ate per­fect phys­i­cal copies of pretty much any­thing and every­thing, by any­one and every­one.

Read on.

1L Complete.

It’s over!  This morn­ing I put an end to my first year of law school when I handed in my law jour­nal write-on com­pe­ti­tion packet (funny story: the topic was copy­right).   The past two months have been pretty exhaust­ing, but I’m glad to be done and look­ing for­ward to get­ting to San Fran­cisco for the sum­mer.  Adven­tures will include hik­ing Half Dome, river raft­ing, prob­a­bly another cross-coun­try drive at the end of the sum­mer… oh yeah, and help­ing defend teh inter­netz.

I also wanted to point to this announce­ment that I received first place in the annual legal writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion for first year stu­dents at William & Mary.  No one actu­ally knew this com­pe­ti­tion existed until after we had turned in our required research mem­o­ran­dums, so it was a pleas­ant sur­prise to receive this award.  Not a big fan of the pic­ture they chose to use, but, hey, what can you do?