Aereo: Signaling Television’s New Frontier

Earlier this month, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling in favor of Aereo, a groundbreaking company providing live and time-shifted streaming of free, over-the-air television channels to paying Aereo customers. To provide this service, Aereo relies on its use of tiny antennae – none of which is used at the same time by more than one user. The signal received by each antenna creates an individual copy of the program in each Continue Reading →

A Patent that Self-Replicates

Does Patent Exhaustion apply to the sale of self-replicating seeds? On February 19, the Supreme Court heard the oral argument in Bowman v. Monsanto on the application of patent exhaustion to patented self-replicating seeds.  Under the doctrine of patent exhaustion, “the initial authorized sale of a patented item terminates all of the patent owner’s rights in that item.”  Monsanto holds a patent on a gene which makes plants resistant to glyphosate herbicides.  Farmers use the Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – April 2, 2013

First Sale Doctrine: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb In Mid-March, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., ruling that a consumer’s rights to resell a purchased copyrighted work under the “First Sale Doctrine” preempts an author’s right to control the importation of his works. This decision was met with cheer from those seeking weaker copyright protection and the freer movement of content, including librarians. It Continue Reading →