What Does a Motion Picture Film Still Photographer Do? A Conversation with Anne Marie Fox — “In my opinion, still photography is an art form and vital documentation of the entire production. It’s also a marketing and advertising tool. Sometimes stills become part of the collective conscience, evoking and inspiring generations to come. Film is a powerful medium and stills/key art imagery is its cousin. When you think about Breakfast at Tiffany’s, that still image of Audrey Hepburn holding her croissant and coffee cup while gazing into the window is like a distant memory. It’s strong, beautiful, iconic. Bud Fraker captured an exceptional moment. In other words, the artistic value of a great still can be priceless and have enormous longevity.”
The Trusted Notifier Program: Summary of One Year of MPAA Referrals — The Donuts domain name registry provides stats regarding its first year implementing a Trusted Notifier Program with film studios that addresses online copyright infringement.
Notice, Takedown, Borders, and Scale — Paul Vixie responds to criticism about the Trusted Notifier System described above. “At issue is the Trusted Notifier Program, as instituted in a series of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreements between rights holders such as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Internet domain registries such as Donuts, Inc. It is quite important when evaluating these agreements to note that they are nonbinding and that they lack consideration: no money is changing hands, and the parties are each self-motivated. These MoU agreements create no new category of action, in that any “takedown” activities which result from the existence of such MoU must be for causes and using remedies already enumerated in other contracts among Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the registry, and between the registry and some registrar, and between the the registrar and some registrant. Only the process of notification is affected.”
CPIP’s Sandra Aistars & Scalia Law Alumnae Urge Federal Circuit to Protect Creators and Rein In Fair Use in Oracle v. Google — The brief concludes, “Expanding the fair use defense to excuse appropriation of software code for commercial gain will harm both creators and the public, as creators will have less incentive to develop new software. The public will not be well-served by policy that slows down the creative advancement of software. Nor will the public be well-served by an application of fair use that will gut copyright protection for other creative works by excusing a purely commercial copying of a creative work that harms the market for the original or its derivatives.”