World Copyright Highlights in Late 2021: Michael Healy’s Overview — “In Canada, South Africa, Singapore, India, and the United Kingdom, says Copyright Clearance Center’s Michael Healy, copyright concerns are pending.”
No, Crediting the Artist Is Not ‘Enough’: The Case of Hallie Bateman Reveals How Online Exposure Can Be Tough for Artists — Sarah Cascone writes at Artnet News, “It’s a miracle we ever met (2016) is a simple line drawing in crayon of people walking across a blank white page, colored pathways trailing behind them, illustrating the unlikelihood of two people’s lives ever intersecting. Stichting Ijsberg had contacted Bateman in March, asking to use the piece in a July show about the arbitrary nature of human connection. She initially declined, and did not respond further when the organizers followed up to see if they could agree on a fee for the use of the work.”
Cloudflare Tests Limits of Contributory Copyright Infringement — From Devlin Hartline and IPWatchdog: “While it is certainly disappointing to see Cloudflare score a victory here against Mon Cheri in the district court, its position ultimately is wrong: There is no Ninth Circuit loophole that allows service providers to knowingly host and distribute infringing content without incurring contributory liability.”
American middle-class musicians are worth fighting for — Musician Blake Morgan makes the case for terrestrial broadcasters compensating the recording artists who create the music they play all day.
How to Trouble Isaac Newton — “[I]f hard problems are hard to think about, they are even harder to write about. And if you can’t write about them in a convincing way, your ideas are unlikely to gain much traction. Compelling writing is no less important in the scientific realm than it is in works of literature, say, or young adult fiction. In the sciences, I would argue, books (or, to use a more scholarly descriptor, monographs) provide the ideal setting for the careful laying out of a complex argument.”