By , April 23, 2021.

The Authors’ Take – Comment on Andy Warhol Found. for the Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith — Professor Jane Ginsburg on last month’s Second Circuit decision reversing a finding of fair use by artist Andy Warhol. Writes Ginsburg, “Like other recent decisions, this judgment may signal a taming of ‘transformative use.'”

Recordation: The Vital Back Office of US Copyright — “As the Copyright Office is currently in the midst of a project to build a new and modernized recordation process, I thought it might be useful to write this post about the often-overlooked (and definitely unsexy) work of the Recordation Section and its role in keeping rightsholders, potential licensees, and the general public au courant on the current ownership status (including the issuance of many licenses) of US works registered under copyright.”

Have tech platforms captured the Supreme Court? — Professor Jonathan Barnett discusses the Supreme Court’s decision in Google v. Oracle, which held that Google’s copying of software owned by Oracle was permitted by fair use. Barnett says, “This conclusion relies on a familiar but often false tradeoff between enforcing IP rights on the one hand and preserving access for users and subsequent innovators on the other hand.”

IPA Statement on World Book and Copyright Day 2021 — The International Publishers Association marks today’s celebration of World Book and Copyright Day. “The global copyright framework provides the foundation that publishers depend on to invest in publishing books that educate, enlighten and entertain audiences around the world as well as new technologies to improve their widespread availability and accessibility.”

Chicago Will Turbocharge Its Public Art Budget by 15,000 Percent as Part of a New $60 Million Cultural Recovery Program — “Under the new plan, the city’s current public art budget of $100,000 will increase by $3 million for each of the next five years—marking a 15,000 percent increase in that time. The effort ‘will not only leverage capital improvements to spur local economic development and job creation, but also mark a major advancement in the standard of public asset maintenance, and, consequently, the quality of life and livability of all Chicago communities,’ according to the city’s announcement. “