SPN Signs on to Letter Welcoming US Trade Representative Katherine Tai

In March 2021, the Software Preservation Network, through a proposal from the Law & Policy Working Group approved by the Coordinating Committee, joined a letter to the new US Trade Representative, Katherine Tai, welcoming her and asking her to return …Continue SPN Signs on to Letter Welcoming US Trade Representative Katherine Tai

Briefs/Filings, Law Posts, News, Resources,

Google v. Oracle: Takeaways for Software Preservation, Cultural Heritage, and Fair Use Generally (2021 Reflection)

Google v. Oracle: Takeaways for Software Preservation, Cultural Heritage, and Fair Use Generally Prepared for the Software Preservation Network by Brandon Butler On April 5, 2021, the Supreme Court issued its opinion on the long-running litigation between Oracle and Google …Continue Google v. Oracle: Takeaways for Software Preservation, Cultural Heritage, and Fair Use Generally (2021 Reflection)

Law Posts, News, Reports, Resources

October-November 2020: DMCA Rulemaking, DMCA Reform

The Software Preservation Network is pleased to share updates on the status of our work on the DMCA triennial rulemaking and on reform to the DMCA more generally. The DMCA rulemaking process unfolds every three years, and we successfully petitioned …Continue October-November 2020: DMCA Rulemaking, DMCA Reform

Law Posts, News

Google v. Oracle Oral Argument: Quick Takeaways for Software Preservation (2020)

Welcome, new readers, to the SPN website! If you’re interested in software preservation and the legal, technical, and social work required to Save Software Together, please take a look at how you can Get Involved and consider joining SPN today! …Continue Google v. Oracle Oral Argument: Quick Takeaways for Software Preservation (2020)

Law Posts, News, Reports, Resources

August-September 2020: RBG and Oracle; Sovereign Immunity Study; SPN joins CASE Act Letter; DMCA Marches

The legal world was shaken by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in September, and the extraordinary speed with which President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intend to replace her. The new nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, doesn’t have …Continue August-September 2020: RBG and Oracle; Sovereign Immunity Study; SPN joins CASE Act Letter; DMCA Marches

Law Posts, News,

You’re Invited! SPN Law & Policy Chat on the DMCA Remote Access Limitation

You’re invited to a special public session of the SPN Law & Policy Chats! Each month, SPN’s Law & Policy Advisor, Brandon Butler, creates space for SPN members to come and ask questions that help them understand how the law …Continue You’re Invited! SPN Law & Policy Chat on the DMCA Remote Access Limitation

Law Posts, News,

Comments of the Software Preservation Network in re Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications, Data and Code Resulting From Federally Funded Research

Formal comments submitted by the Software Preservation Network to the Office of Science and Technology Policy in response to a Request for Information regarding “Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications, Data and Code Resulting From Federally Funded Research.” Thank you …Continue Comments of the Software Preservation Network in re Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications, Data and Code Resulting From Federally Funded Research

Law Posts, News,

A Law and Policy Bonanza for SPN in February and March 2020

It’s been an extremely busy couple of months in the law and policy realm for SPN. We have multiple Supreme Court case updates, comments filed on the next Register of Copyrights, and much, much more. Here’s the bullet-point version: The …Continue A Law and Policy Bonanza for SPN in February and March 2020

Law Posts, News

Copyright Guide for Scientific Software

About the Guide This guide covers how to make it easier for others to use your software and how to build on the software that others have written. Today, science involves software. And although many scientists understand that their work …Continue Copyright Guide for Scientific Software

Guides, Resources

A Preservationists Guide to the DMCA Exemption for Software Preservation

About the Guide A Joint Product of the Software Preservation Network and the Cyberlaw Clinic @ the Berkman Klein Center The 1201 exemption for “computer programs” went into effect on October 28, 2018 and will last until October 28th, 2021. …Continue A Preservationists Guide to the DMCA Exemption for Software Preservation

Guides, Resources

Google v. Oracle: A Landmark Software Copyright Case

This term the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Oracle v. Google, a major software copyright case. SPN members should keep a close watch on this case, as it could shape the scope of copyright protection for software as well as …Continue Google v. Oracle: A Landmark Software Copyright Case

Law Posts, News,

Brandon Butler

As SPN Law & Policy Advisor, Brandon Butler oversees SPN’s policy agenda and legal strategy for securing lawful preservation, sharing and reuse of software. Components of this work may include developing SPN policy briefs; representing SPN in future DMCA exemption …Continue Brandon Butler

Bios, Staff

Software Preservation Networks Joins Amicus Brief Filed with the Supreme Court

Last week, the Software Preservation Network joined an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court. In this blog post, I’ll say a little bit about the case, Allen v. Cooper, and, since this is the first time SPN has joined an …Continue Software Preservation Networks Joins Amicus Brief Filed with the Supreme Court

Law Posts, News,

Is Old Licensed Software Legal Kryptonite? Lessons from the Adobe Letter.

Oh hello! I’m Brandon Butler, the Law and Policy Advisor for SPN, and this is a new regular-ish blog feature called I am Not Your (Software) Lawyer. The name is apt, because although I am indeed a lawyer, I am not your …Continue Is Old Licensed Software Legal Kryptonite? Lessons from the Adobe Letter.

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International Implications

In this seventh and final episode of a series about using the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use, you’ll learn: Why licensing isn’t a viable solution to copyright issues in preservation projects with global reach How U.S. fair use …Continue International Implications

BP4FairUse, Resources, Webinars,

Making the Code Part of Software Preservation Culture

In this sixth episode in a seven-part series about using the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use, you’ll learn: The difference between a document and a shift in practice How other communities have incorporated fair use into their professional …Continue Making the Code Part of Software Preservation Culture

BP4FairUse, Resources, Webinars,

Understanding the Anti-circumvention Rules and the Preservation Exemptions

In this fifth episode in a seven-part series about using the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use, you’ll learn : What the DMCA anti-circumvention provisions are and how they relate to copyright, fair use, and the Code How the …Continue Understanding the Anti-circumvention Rules and the Preservation Exemptions

BP4FairUse, Resources, Webinars,

Working with Source Code and Software Licenses

In this third episode in a seven-part series about using the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use, you’ll learn about: How fair use enables institutions to provide access to software for use in research, teaching, and learning settings while …Continue Working with Source Code and Software Licenses

BP4FairUse, Resources, Webinars,

Making Software Available Within Institutions and Networks

In this third episode in a seven-part series about using the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use, you’ll learn about: How fair use enables institutions to provide access to software for use in research, teaching, and learning settings while …Continue Making Software Available Within Institutions and Networks

BP4FairUse, Resources, Webinars,

Beginning the Preservation Workflow

In the second episode in the series, speakers cover how to read the Situations in the Code (parsing descriptions, Principles, and Limitations), and explore how fair use applies to the foundational steps in a preservation workflow including stabilizing, describing, evaluating, …Continue Beginning the Preservation Workflow

BP4FairUse, Resources, Webinars,
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