Can Congress Grant Private Companies The Right To Mine Asteroids?

U.S. companies are eyeing asteroids as the next frontier in lucrative mining ventures. But, they say, their plans are stymied by the vague status of private ownership in space. Earlier this summer, members of Congress introduced a bill to protect property rights for commercial exploitation of asteroids. Is that legal? » 8/14/14 12:00pm 8/14/14 12:00pm

The DMCA: How It Works and How It's Abused

Earlier this week, we learned about the latest in DMCA takedown notice scandals: Randy Queen using them to get posts about his work taken down from the Escher Girls tumblr. This is not how the DMCA is supposed to be used. And, in theory, it has mechanisms to prevent that. But they aren't winning the battle. Abusers… » 8/06/14 5:15am 8/06/14 5:15am

It's Time to Destroy Corporate Personhood

The United States is one of only a few countries in the world that recognizes corporations as persons. It's a so-called "legal fiction" that's meant to uphold the rights of groups and to smooth business processes. But it's a dangerous concept that's gone too far — and could endanger social freedoms in the future. » 7/21/14 11:00am 7/21/14 11:00am

US judge rules Sherlock Holmes and Watson are in the public domain

If you've had a Sherlock Holmes in space novel idea kicking around your head, now might be a good time to start writing it. A United States federal judge has ruled that Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and other elements of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories are no longer covered by US copyright law. » 12/28/13 10:00am 12/28/13 10:00am