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Too Quick to Copyright

by Tim O'Reilly
Nov. 22, 2003
URL: http://www.brooklaw.edu/faculty/news/mazzone_legtimes_2003-11-17.pdf

"Copyright law gives corporations an irresistible urge to claim ownership, however spurious, in everything. The Copyright Act provides no penalty for falsely claiming ownership in public domain materials, and there is no reward for catching this form of cheating. So corporations stick copyright notices everywhere. And while the U.S. Copyright Office registers copyrighted works, there is no official registry for works belonging to the public....Congress should amend the Copyright Act to make actionable false claims to copyright in the same way that consumers may sue businesses for false advertising." (From Jason Mazzone of the Brooklyn Law School via Dave Farber's IP list.)

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. In addition to Foo Camps ("Friends of O'Reilly" Camps, which gave rise to the "un-conference" movement), O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the Web 2.0 Summit, the Web 2.0 Expo, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, the Gov 2.0 Summit, and the Gov 2.0 Expo. Tim's blog, the O'Reilly Radar, "watches the alpha geeks" to determine emerging technology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community. Tim's long-term vision for his company is to change the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators. In addition to O'Reilly Media, Tim is a founder of Safari Books Online, a pioneering subscription service for accessing books online, and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, an early-stage venture firm.

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