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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

ProfNet Experts Available on Music Copyright, History of Anti-Gay Violence, More

ProfNet Experts Available on Music Copyright, History of Anti-Gay Violence, More

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-- History of Gay Liberation Coincides with Anti-Gay Violence
-- You Can't Copyright the Unrecognizable
-- 'Fat Axl' Photo Fight May Cause Streisand Effect

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-- Reporter - WCVB-TV (MA)
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History of Gay Liberation Coincides with Anti-Gay Violence

James Downs

Associate Professor of History

Connecticut College

"The attacks in Orlando mark the worst instance of anti-gay violence in American history, but it's far from the first. As Americans reel from the tragedy, we are looking for answers to rationalize the rampage. Insinuating that Omar Mateen was gay is not only inaccurate but it also follows a common historical pattern that can be traced to last massive massacre against LGBT people."

Downs is an Associate Professor of History at Connecticut College, currently finishing up a year as the Andrew W. Mellon New Directions Fellow at Harvard University. Downs recently published Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation where he documents the untold history of the gay movement of the 70s. He is available to document and explain that mass violence goes hand in hand with the history of gay liberation. Downs recently penned an op-ed for The New York Times, where he brought to light not only the history of anti-gay violence, but also the reality that we all too often put emphasis on the culprit, unwittingly overshadowing the story of the victims. Downs also specializes in 19(th) Century United States history, African American studies, and History of Medicine and Public Health.

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You Can't Copyright the Unrecognizable

Amanda Greenspon

Intellectual Property Attorney

Munck Wilson Mandala

At less than a quarter of a second, even a die-hard Madonna fan might miss the musical sound at the center of the copyright litigation over her dancehall smash hit, "Vogue." But that was the issue for California's 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which focused on a brief sample from funk ensemble SalSoul Orchestra's "Ooh I Love It," and asked if unauthorized use of such a tiny snippet of music could amount to copyright infringement. In the end, the 9th Circuit panel sided with Madonna in a 2-1 ruling, finding that such a fleeting sound is simply not recognizable to a general listening audience. Says Greenspon, "The court appears to have set a boundary to the question of what amount of music data is too small to be considered a sample and therefore entitled to copyright protection. In this case, at least, it's 0.23 of a second. If the Court's opinion had gone the other way, we would have expected many more copyright lawsuits and claims by artists. So where do you draw the line? Just like an artist cannot own a single line of a drawing, this court found that such a small amount of material cannot be owned by an artist. What we do know is that as the digitization of music production continues, the courts will continue to struggle to keep up."

Contact: Robert Tharp,

'Fat Axl' Photo Fight May Cause Streisand Effect

Kenton Hutcherson

Internet Attorney

Hutcherson Law Firm, Dallas

In an effort to stop the spread of the so-called "Fat Axl" Internet meme, Guns N' Roses and AC/DC front man Axl Rose is demanding Google remove photos showing him to be overweight. The unflattering photos of a much heavier Rose have appeared on the Internet accompanied by satirical lyrics to Guns N' Roses songs, including "Welcome to the Jungle, we got tons of cake" or "Sweet Pie o' Mine." While fat jokes are never a good thing, be careful what you wish for when trying to remove photos from the Internet, even in an issue as weighty -- so to speak -- as this one. Says Hutcherson: "It's called the 'Barbra Streisand Effect.' If you take legal action to remove certain content, you might actually fail and attract more attention to the content. Learn to pick your battles on the web and understand how easy it is to make the situation much worse."

Hutcherson represents people harmed by web content and has experience using the court system to compel Google and others to remove offensive content.

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