Bruce Springsteen, The Rising @ Inauguration celebration + Super Bowl in Jan. 2009

January 31, 2009

What a month for Bruce Springsteen! Buddies with Obama. Now performing half-time at the Super Bowl tomorrow. And his new album will likely debut at No. 1.


Jet Li @ Davos @ YouTube booth

January 31, 2009

Pres. Obama weekly YouTube address, 1.31.09: Good news + bad news

January 31, 2009

More on the failing economy. Pres. Obama blasts bonuses to execs at bailout companies.


Pres. Obama signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

January 30, 2009

The cool Obama style

January 30, 2009

Pres. Obama roots for Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl

January 30, 2009

That might just provide the jinx that the Arizona Cardinals need.


Blagojevich presents closing argument at Illinois Senate impeachment trial

January 29, 2009

Obama: kids say Chicago schools no snow days

January 29, 2009

Davos: Leaders talk re: financial meltdown

January 29, 2009

YouTube teen fight case: one teen pleads guilty in beating high school girl on YouTube

January 28, 2009

Do the DMCA safe harbors protect MySpace + YouTube?

January 28, 2009

Part of my answer can be found in my latest essay that you can download.

The essay will be published very soon.


The History of the Internet (animated)

January 28, 2009

WTO rules against China in TRIPs copyright compliance case brought by US

January 28, 2009

News: Big news. More here.


Delay in switch to Digital from Analog TV; porn goes 3D

January 27, 2009

Natali Del Conte reports for CNET.


New albums by Bruce Springsteen, Franz Ferdinand

January 27, 2009

I just heard a song from the new Franz Ferdinand album. It’s the best new song I heard in 2009!!


Hong Kong: Happy Chinese New Year!

January 27, 2009

Gov. Blagojevich wants to call + confront witnesses

January 27, 2009

Decoding the DMCA Safe Harbors

January 27, 2009

I have just finished writing a draft of an essay titled “Decoding the DMCA Safe Harbors.

The Essay analyzes some of the key uncertainties about the DMCA safe harbors that may figure into the copyright lawsuits against YouTube.

The Abstract:

The DMCA is a decade old, which, in Internet time, may well be closer to a century. Although the DMCA safe harbors have helped to foster tremendous growth in web applications in our Web 2.0 world, several very basic aspects of the DMCA safe harbors remain uncertain. These uncertainties, along with the relative lack of litigation over the DMCA in the past ten years, have threatened to undermine the whole purpose of the DMCA safe harbors by failing to inform the public and technology companies of what steps they need to undertake to fall within the safe harbors. In several high profile cases against MySpace, YouTube, and other Internet sites, the clarification of the DMCA safe harbors could prove to be just as important to the Internet as their enactment in 1998. This Essay has attempted to clear up two of the biggest uncertainties regarding the DMCA’s relationship to vicarious liability, and the so-called “red flags” theory of knowledge on the part of the Internet service provider. Specifically, under a proper interpretation of the DMCA, courts should (i) reject the “loophole” theory that posits that the DMCA safe harbors provide no immunity from vicarious liability at all, and (ii) require a high burden for proving a “red flags” theory by requiring knowledge of facts that show specific and “obvious” or “blatant” infringement. This Essay offers five principles for courts and Congress to consider in applying or amending the DMCA safe harbors in the future. The DMCA safe harbors should be made truly “safe” harbors, in a way that encourages greater investment in and the development of speech technologies on the Internet, all while encouraging copyright holders to share the burden of reducing infringement by utilizing the DMCA notice and take-down procedure.

You can download a copy from SSRN by clicking on this link and clicking from there the “Download” button.


Tim Geithner sworn in as Treasury Secretary

January 27, 2009

Illinois Senate begins impeachment trial of Blagojevich

January 26, 2009

Blagojevich says the “fix is in.”


Miss Indiana is Miss America

January 26, 2009

What a reaction.


Chinese New Year: year of ox

January 26, 2009

Ty, the maker of Beanie Babies, selling Sasha + Malia dolls; Michelle Obama not happy

January 24, 2009

News: Ty is way out of line. Not only is this a potential right of publicity violation, it is downright tacky. (More)


Pres. Obama’s weekly YouTube address, 1.24.09: reinvestment plan in 1 month

January 24, 2009

Pope is now on YouTube

January 23, 2009

Click here for Vatican YouTube channel


Pres. Obama visits White House press room

January 23, 2009

Pres. Obama looks really unhappy @ Biden’s joke about Chief Justice Roberts’ memory

January 23, 2009

It took only 3 days. Vice President Biden couldn’t help himself. Wow, even though Chief Justice Roberts messed up the Oath of Office on Tuesday, Biden’s attempt at a joke at the Chief Justice’s expense was undignified. Pres. Obama looked like he wanted to throttle Biden, or at least shut him up.


Colbert v. Lessig re: remix

January 23, 2009

Click here for the video


Sasha Obama gives dad “thumbs up” @ Inauguration after speech

January 23, 2009

Pres. Obama says U.S. “will not torture”; will close Guantanamo

January 22, 2009