Category Archives: Law

The Rights of Photographs

Today in 1865, photographs and photographic negatives were added to protected works under U.S. copyright law. Advertisements

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Sound Recording Copyrights

Fifty years ago today, the Sound Recording Act of 1971 went into effect, extending federal copyright protection to sound recordings.  A sound recording is a derivative work of the preexisting musical work, and to obtain a copyright in a sound … Continue reading

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First Internet Protest

Today in 1996, “24 Hours in Cyberspace” was the largest one-day online event up to that date. Time Magazine: “Rick Smolan’s 24 Hours In Cyberspace was supposed to be a round-the-clock, planet-spanning online party, a feel-good cyberfest celebrating the paradigm-shifting possibilities … Continue reading

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Hot News Becomes Cold in a Nanosecond in the Modern World

Today in 1846, the first telegraph link was established between New York City and Boston. From the AP Archives: “In the spring of 1846, Moses Yale Beach (1800-68), publisher of The New York Sun, establishes a pony express to deliver … Continue reading

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This Day In Information: First Computer Search Warrant

Today in 1971, the first warrant to search a computer was issued in San Jose, California.

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