Category Archives: Copyright


Elsevier Wins $15 Million in Copyright Suit Against Piracy Sites

A federal court has ruled in favor of one of the world’s largest science publishers in its lawsuit against websites that provide free, pirated access to millions of scholarly-journal articles, reported on Thursday.

In a judgment handed down this week, Judge Robert W. Sweet of the U.S. District Court in New York City ruled for the company, Elsevier, in the absence of any representatives of the defendants, which include Sci-Hub, LibGen, and related sites, and awarded the publisher $15 m…


What Are Your Experiences With Cheating?

As higher education is changing to use more online learning, the cheating industry is changing along with it. A recent Chronicle article revealed that the cheating business is expanding its offerings to accommodate online education and growing demand.

While students used to be able to purchase term papers on the internet, now they can hand off responsibility for entire courses.

With a wide array of services to choose from, there are more opportunities than ever for students to cheat, and we want…


Supreme Court Won’t Hear Challenge to Google Books Project

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a legal challenge by the Authors Guild, which argued that the Google Books project to scan about 20 million books for an online library violated copyright law, Reuters reported on Monday.

The Authors Guild began its legal battle with Google Books in 2005, saying the online service violated copyright law because Google profited while authors went without pay.

In October 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Google’s program was pr…


Authors Guild Takes Google Books Challenge to Supreme Court

The Authors Guild has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the organization’s decade-long challenge to Google’s Books program, which the guild says violates copyright law by making money for the online-search giant without providing any compensation to the books’ authors.

The case dates to 2005, and was most recently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which ruled last October that Google’s scanning of books and use of their texts was protected by the fair-use provisions …


Google Gets Another Win in Book-Scanning Court Challenge

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit handed Google another victory on Friday in a high-profile case about copyright infringement, declaring that its scanning of books as part of the Google Books project constitutes fair use. In its ruling, a unanimous three-judge panel of the court upheld a federal judge’s 2013 ruling against the Authors Guild, which sued the tech giant in 2005.

However, the court noted that individual libraries could “incur liability by negligent mishandling” of cop…


Harvard Professor’s Online Lecture Prompts Fight With Record Company

A Harvard University law professor and an Australian record company are wrapped up in a court fight over the professor’s use of a French band’s hit single in a video that was part of an online lecture, The Boston Globe has reported.

The professor, Lawrence Lessig, used music from the band Phoenix’s 2009 song “Lisztomania” during a lecture that he recorded and posted on YouTube. The lecture described how people had used the song to create dance videos, putting them online and creating somet…


Court Blocks Authors’ Class Certification in Google Book-Scanning Case

A federal appeals court on Monday blocked a judge’s decision that had certified a group of authors as a class in the Authors Guild’s long-running lawsuit over Google’s efforts to scan books and make parts of them available online.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said in its ruling on Monday that the judge’s decision last summer to certify the class was “premature.” A unanimous three-judge panel of the appeals court said that the lower court must first consider Google’s as…