Section Newsletter Articles on Intellectual Property
Copyright birth & death announcements
, October 2002
Copyright death approaches for older unpublished works. Pre-1978 works that did not receive copyright protection before 1978 may, unless the works are published before January 2003, become public domain.
From ink to e-sign: a conceptual history of the electronic signature
, February 2001
Amidst the Information Age and the electronic commerce revolution, it is a wonderful time to be a lawyer. Much like Thomas Augustus Watson receiving the first telephone communication in 1876, so too, we stand at the precipice of fundamental change.
Academia at risk: antiquated IP policy
, November 2000
Our schools and colleges face enlarging potholes on the information superhighway because of antiquated intellectual property policies in academia. Many academic institutions have no explicit intellectual property policy; others may have established policies for inventions by faculty and researchers and trademark licensing for major college football teams.
, November 1999
DOJ antitrust guidelines for competitor collaboration. The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission October 1, 1999 released and sought comment on proposed guidelines for lawful and illegal collaboration among competitors.
The “Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act”
, February 1999
An important piece of legislation was signed by President Clinton in October, the "Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act," passed as part of the "Digital Millennium Copyright Act" (Public Law 105-304), that affects Internet service providers and copyright holders that are infringed online.