Is It Fair Use? Dockless Bike Edition

What Happens When the Way Your Licensee Used Your Work Comes in for Criticism? On August 6, 2018, the New York Post published this article, “Dockless Bikes Are Already Clogging NYC Sidewalks.” The journalists reported that, of 100 dockless bikes placed in a certain...

I Found it on the Internet, So it's Fair Use, Take Three

The Obligatory City Skyline Richard Bell[ref]NOT to be confused with Keith Bell, another copyright plaintiff I blogged about recently.[/ref] is a former attorney who took photographs of his law firm’s hometown, Indianapolis, particularly its skyline. There’s a natural...

How a Facelift Cost the U.S. Postal Service $3.5 Million

Mistakes—Even Hilarious Ones—Are Inevitable. What You Do After Often Matters More. In 2008, the U.S. Postal Service was looking to update its “Forever” stamps. For an entire year, Forever Stamps bore the image of the Liberty Bell, and the public was just tired of it....

Is it Fair Use? I Found it on the Internet, Ma! Can I Keep It?

Is Ignorance Relevant to Fair Use? It’s time once again for Is It Fair Use?, the mind-bending, pulse-racing game that’s sweeping the nation.[ref]Since 2011! By our estimates, if the game had started sweeping the nation in Miami, it will have spread as far as Hialeah...