This WEEK in LAW 181

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This WEEK in LAW
Episode 181

This Week In Law 181: Fire Bad, Outlaw Fire

Entertainment law, Bit Torrent, Pirate Bay, infringing on copyright, and more


  • Denise Howell
  • Tom Merritt
  • Robert Levine (@RobertBLevine_)
    • "Robert Levine is the author of Free Ride, which the New York Times Book Review called “a book that should change the debate about the future of culture.” The book, his first, was also praised by Businessweek, Fortune, and the Financial Times. He has been the executive editor of Billboard and a features editor at Wired and New York, and he has contributed to Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times. He covers the culture business from New York and Berlin."
  • Prof. Lateef Mtima
    • Institute for Intellectual Property & Social Justice, Inc.
    • "Lateef Mtima is a Professor of Law and the Founder and Director of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice at the Howard University School of Law. After graduating with honors from Amherst College in 1982, Prof. Mtima received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1985, where he was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Harvard BlackLetter Journal. Admitted to the New York and Pennsylvania bars, Prof. Mtima practiced with Coudert Brothers in New York and San Francisco until 1996, and was later Of Counsel to the Philadelphia firm of Klehr, Harrison. A member of the HUSL law faculty since 1998, Prof. Mtima teaches and writes in the areas of bankruptcy and debtors and creditors’ rights, commercial law, torts, and intellectual property law, with emphases in the areas of software and Internet issues, and the Digital Divide. Prof. Mtima serves as the Chair of the Howard University Intellectual Property Committee, which implements the University’s technology transfer and intellectual property policy, and is also a member of the Advisory Board for the BNA Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Journal."


Tip of the Week

  • Question from Viewer:
    • "I'm getting ready to launch a daily news podcast centered around local news headlines in my city. I'm writing and recording most of the content myself, but sometimes I may want to include sound bytes. These might come from my own on-site recordings of public events or interviews. But most of the time, the local news media (TV and radio) provide the best recordings for use in their own broadcast packages. I'm interested in using this. Since my podcast will essentially be a news source, and I'm myself an acting member of the media -- am I allowed to use sound bytes fairly and legally? To be clear, these clips would not feature any content identifying the news outlet (such as the reporter, branding, logos, etc), only sound bytes such as pieces of interviews, etc. I'm not 100% positive, because I once worked in AM talk news radio, and we did this all the time. Perhaps "freedom of the press" or "free speech" may have been guaranteed by our licensing rights already in place."

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