I am sad to report that the fine copyright law blog, The Patry Copyright Blog, has shut down.
One of the reasons the author gave is that his blog was becoming too negative because of the current state of copyright in law:
Much like the U.S. economy, things are getting worse, not better. Copyright law has abandoned its reason for being: to encourage learning and the creation of new works. Instead, its principal functions now are to preserve existing failed business models, to suppress new business models and technologies, and to obtain, if possible, enormous windfall profits from activity that not only causes no harm, but which is beneficial to copyright owners. Like Humpty-Dumpty, the copyright law we used to know can never be put back together again: multilateral and trade agreements have ensured that, and quite deliberately.Complete article
[Ed. Note. I am sad to see the loss of this outstanding voice of clarity and reason. I disagree with Prof. Patry that "Copyright law has abandoned its reason for being". I think there are 4 record companies and 6 motion picture companies who are trying to make that happen, but I think the law is bigger than them, and that in the end, the law will win. -R.B.]
Here are cached copies of two "Patry Copyright Blog" articles to which we have referred on "Recording Industry vs. The People":
The recent making available cases (4/3/08)
Atlantic Recording Corp. v. Howell (4/30/08)
Apparently Google's cached copies can be found by preceding the URL with:
You can also try the wayback machine.
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