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Apple is investing in a company that lets musicians own their work

Mar 31, 2021
UnitedMasters helps artists distribute music, but it is unclear if this type of alternative model will further disrupt the major record label system.
Taylor Swift is one notable example of an artist at odds with a major record label over the rights to their own music.
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"Great Gatsby" and other classics enter public domain Jan. 1

Dec 31, 2020
Copyright protections run out for books, songs and other works published in 1925. They will become free for anyone to use.
Want to put on a royalty-free production of "The Great Gatsby"? You can do that after midnight.
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Satirist Tom Lehrer has put his songs into the public domain

Oct 21, 2020
Anyone's now free to record or perform the 92-year-old songwriter's parodies without owing royalties or consulting lawyers. And that's not a joke.
Tom Lehrer backstage at the Palace Theatre in London in 1959.
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EU to vote on contentious copyright proposal

Mar 26, 2019
Members of the European Parliament vote today on a proposal that could make it harder for internet users to share songs, videos and other copyrighted content online.
People take part in a demonstration in favour of the new copyright directive ahead of the vote on copyright in the Digital Single Market at the European Parliament on March 26, 2019 in Strasbourg, eastern France.
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Can you copyright another group's language?

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Dec 26, 2018
Sari Sharoni, an associate at the law firm Covington & Burling, joined us to discuss whether groups can legally prevent others from appropriating their language.
A poke dish prepared for a Food Network festival in New York City.
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A 20-year-old digital copyright law is still being fought about (and copied) today

Nov 8, 2018
Critics say the law is too broad, and that's had unintended consequences.
Demonstrators picket the U.S. embassy for the freedom of Russian computer programmer Dmitry Sklyarov Aug. 8, 2001 near the U.S. embassy in Moscow.
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That time it was illegal to fix your own electronics ... for almost 20 years

Nov 6, 2018
"I think you're going to really see an explosion in the repair economy," the CEO of iFixit says.
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Game enthusiasts and industry personnel visit the "Fortnite" exhibit during the Electronic Entertainment Expo E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 12, 2018. 
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The EU’s proposed copyright rules could upend the internet economy

Sep 14, 2018
Could this be the beginning of the end of internet memes?
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Why you rarely hear the “I Have a Dream” speech in full

Jan 15, 2018
It’s common for commemorations of Martin Luther King Jr. Day to include excerpts from his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. But there’s good reason not to play it in full: The work in its entirety is copyrighted. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.