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19th Century Ontario Court Procedures

First and foremost, I should explain that my knowledge of Canadian legal history is mediocre at best. For example, during a recent conversation about capital punishment, a friend asked me when the last hanging in Canada was. 745 more words


If a Monkey Takes a Photograph, Who Has The Copyright?

Monkey Copyright… of all the juxtapositions of words; I never thought I’d be entering that particular two word combination into Google. This particular search combo was prompted by (what else) a selection of updates in my twitter feed about a monkey that took a… 1,625 more words


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Intellectual property law is a mess. David Smith at the scholarly kitchen has an interesting article asking who owns a copyright if a monkey takes a selfie. One of the key difficulties with copyright law is that the answer may be different depending on where you live. Each country has their own copyright laws and very different attitudes towards private intellectual property rights vs. fair use. Copyright laws try to balance these important policies. We want to protect the rights of artists, but we do not want to allow Shakespeare’s heirs to prevent the creation of West Side Story or Ran. In the case, the question is slightly different. Under United States law the author owns the copyright and US courts would never give a monkey a copyright. While this may appear to an absurd (but real) example, it is not difficult to imagine this scenario in other ways. Someone asks Hugh Jackman to take a selfie with their camera or using a photo booth at your local mall. Should the owner of the camera be allowed to sell Jackman’s selfie to a tabloid or would that be a copyright violation? Who owns those copyrights could have very different answers depending on where you live. What’s different today is that the internet is not under the jurisdiction of any single country’s copyright laws.

Knoedler Obituary (1857 – 2011): Select Legal History of the Oldest American Art Gallery

By Irina Tarsis*

What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from. 

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Mass Surveillance Began with World War I

One hundred years ago, the outbreak of World War I in Europe eventually led to extensive domestic spying in the United States on German Americans and a startling array of other citizens and residents. 1,700 more words

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The University of Wisconsin Press Blog has posted an intriguing article that argues that mass surveillance in the United States began during World War I. During World War I, the FBI and the military were terrified of acts of "subversion" by German Americans. Not surprisingly, these concerns help fund efforts to monitor and spy on German Americans. These early surveillance were perhaps even more troubling then NSA's current spy efforts. Take a look at Al McCoy's article.

Lewes History Group: Bulletin 48, July 2014

Please note: this Bulletin is being put on the website one month after publication. If you would like to receive the Bulletin by email as soon as it is published, please… 1,560 more words