Today, I stumbled across a (fairly) new First Amendment, copyright, and elections blog called Copyrights & Campaigns. Its author, Ben Sheffner, describes himself as “a copyright/First Amendment/media/entertainment attorney with a journalism background and a strong interest in politics” and the blog as providing “news and analysis of copyright, First Amendment, and related issues from a pro-copyright-owner perspective, with emphasis on the interaction of these issues with campaigns and the political process.”
It’s not too often that you see a blogger in the soft-IP, First Amendment platform specifically blogging from the “pro-copyright owner perspective,” and his prolific postings will certainly be interesting reads for me. He has a number of recent postings of interest, such as:
- An update on the Tenenbaum case, finding a request for amicus signatories from Tenenbaum as well as a discussion of amicus filings by the Courtroom View Network (the “network” that was originally charged with narrowcasting the oral argument), a group of news organizations, and the EFF’s amicus brief, which Scheffner himself has signed on;
- A post comparing the Obama logo to the Pepsi Logo; and
- A fisk refuting an article in the ABA Journal called “Copyright in the Age of YouTube.”
The blog is updated regularly, has insightful commentary you can’t find other places in the blogosphere, and is a just plain good read. It’s on my blogroll, in my RSS aggregator, and I hope it finds its way to yours as well. Even if Sheffner may be, at times, the copyright equivalent of Grand Moff Tarkin.