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Is UC Berkeley’s Lecture Note Restriction an Attempt at Copyright Monkeyshines?

Ever heard of the infinite monkey theorem? Basically, if a monkey randomly hits a typewriter's keys for an infinite time, it is theorized that the monkey will produce the works of Shakespeare or other great authors. In the Simpson , the character, Mr Burns, states the theorem this way: "This...

Sky Appears to Be Falling on Higher Education Copyright Policies

I'm designating myself the Chicken Little of academic copyrights. Last week, I wrote about the lecture note monkeyshines at UC Berkley , where students are restricted from note sharing because of instructor copyrights. This week, I look up and see the sky falling at the University of Louisiana. There...

Patents vs. 18th Century Satire: Which Will Do More to Protect Copyrights at the University Level?

In 1729, Jonathan Swift wrote A Modest Proposal , in which he suggested that the impoverished Irish would benefit from selling their children as food to the rich. As Swift wrote: I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed...

Patents vs. 18th Century Satire: Which Will Do More to Protect Copyrights at the University Level?

In 1729, Jonathan Swift wrote A Modest Proposal , in which he suggested that the impoverished Irish would benefit from selling their children as food to the rich. As Swift wrote: I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed, is...

University of Texas’ “Hook 'em Horns” to Do Trademark Battle with Heavy Metal’s “Sign of the Horns”

We love our college football, and we love our heavy metal, but the two can't coexist according to the University of Texas (UT) - at least in terms of hand signals. The University of Texas has sued Michael Weir d/b/a Horns Inc., accusing the apparel designer of infringing UT's Hook 'em...