It’s old news by Internet (much less blog) standards, but to the extent that any listeners of Hearsay Culture were not aware, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a significant decision on September 4 invigorating the notion that the First Amendment should be part of the analysis when copyright law is altered. Look to the excellent blog posts by Profs. Larry Lessig and Chris Sprigman (the lead plaintiffs’ attorneys at CIS) regarding the decision, the background and its significance.
For those concerned about the challenges facing those seeking to invoke First Amendment protections in the general IP scheme, you’ll find much to bring you joy and hope in reading this decision (found attached to the above blog posts). Happy reading, and congrats to the plaintiffs, Larry, Chris and everyone who worked on the case!