Fundamentally, the sale of goods differs from the license of information: when a good is sold, title passes and the buyer owns the item exclusively. Not so with content – the transactional framework is typically non-exclusive, the licensor retains a number of rights, and there are limitations to the uses a licensee can make of
The Supreme Court last week affirmed the decision of the Second Circuit that, absent a written transfer of electronic rights from freelance writers, print publishers and aggregators (named parties included Lexis-Nexis [LN] and University Microfilm International [UMI]) are liable for copyright infringement for reproducing and distributing articles out of the context of the original collective
A recent decision of the Second Circuit underscores just how important careful contract drafting is when dealing with rights transfers in non-employee contexts. In Tasini v. New York Times, the appeals court held that publishers and owners of electronic databases do not, without a specific transfer of rights, have the authority to reuse electronically individual articles
Before setting up a sweepstakes or other game of chance on your website, consider that unlicensed gambling is generally illegal in all of the United States and there is wide disparity in state Internet gambling laws — if the issue has even been addressed. While the State of New York recently banned Internet gambling, other