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Class 09




What, if anything, is different about copyright infringement on the internet? How should copyright respond, if at all, to the internet? Is the scope of fair use on the internet different? What is the copyright status of linking and framing?

A.  Linking, Framing, Caching


  1. David Hayes, Advanced Copyright Issues on the Internet, 7 Tex. Intell. Prop. L.J. 1 (1998) (focus on parts I, II(A), and III(A, B, D & E)

  2. Futuredontics v. Applied Anagramics, 45 U.S.P.Q.2d 2005 (C.D. Cal. 1998)

  3. Shetland Times Ltd. v. Wills, [1997] FSR 605 (1996) (interim order; NY Times article; settled)

  4. Carl Kaplan, Is Linking Always Legal? The Experts Aren't Sure, NY Times (Aug. 6, 1999)


  1. Copyright Office, Copyright Basics

  2. Stacey Dogan, Copyright in Cyberspace

  3. Dan Burk, Proprietary Rights in Hypertext Linkages, J. of Info. L. & Tech

B.  Copying and Fair Use


  1. Los Angeles Times v. Free Republic, 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5669 (C.D. Cal. Mar. 31, 2000)

  2. Kelly v. Arriba Soft Corp., 77 F. Supp. 2d 1116, 1116-21 (C.D. Cal. 1999)

  3. UMG Recordings, Inc. v., Inc., 92 F. Supp. 2d 349 (S.D.N.Y. 2000


  1. Microsystems Software, Inc. v. Scandinavia Online AB, 98 F. Supp. 2d 74 (D.C. Mass. 2000)


Take a close look at the following site, which I have set up in order to earn some cash on the side. The basic idea behind the site is to have both comics and internet news available in a single, convenient location. In light of the readings for both last class and this class, write a short memo identifying any potential grounds for liability, along with a very quick assessment of the risk of liability.

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