Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Something for the Family Guy Fans Out There. PrawfsBlawg has this assessment of a recent court decision in a copyright infringement case brought by Arthur Metrano over a scene in the movie Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story.
All Google, All the Time. Alexander Macgillivray, Deputy General Counsel for Products and Intellectual Property at Google, returned to @berkmancenter today for an engaging discussion of the Google Book Settlement. And John Palfrey has an announcement about two upcoming events to discuss the settlement. Meanwhile, Google has gone where few have gone before by winning a libel case in the UK (although a website in Amsterdam wasn't that lucky). And finally, Ars Technica reports that Barnes & Noble has teamed up with Google to build a library of over 700,000 books for its new e-book marketplace. Interestingly, B&N will be offering electronic copies of public domain books, scanned as part of the Google Book Search service, for free.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I Couldn't Pass Up the Headline. The AmLaw Daily has this post today about the on-going legal battle between Tolkien's heirs and New Line Cinema regarding royalties from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The headline? "Nerd Law Heaven."