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Copyright Law DMCA - Do You Own Your Car (Or Tractor)?

There are some interesting developments going on in the world of Copyright Law, specifically, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA was passed in the 90s ostensibly to protect against hackers breaking digital locks or protection on so… Read More
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Supreme Court Copyright Case Involving First Sale Doctrine

There is a big copyright case being argued in front of the Supreme Court this week. The crux of the case is the inherent conflict between the First Sale Doctrine and copyright owners’ desire to market their goods internationally. Here is a link… Read More
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The Hunger Games and Copyright/Trademark

It was brought to my attention that a workout web page on facebook Blogilates has gotten in some trouble for posting “Hunger Games” workout videos. The post I saw said that the creator of the video believed she was protected by the “… Read More
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Copyright/Trademark and Fashion

The Wall Street Journal recently wrote an article about intellectual property protection as it relates to the fashion industry. There are a few things to keep in mind when fashion and IP law intersect. First, you cannot copyright a fashion design in… Read More
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Cowboys and Aliens

We made some news defending Austin, Texas local Steve Busti to protect his original Cowboys and Aliens comic. http://www.tmz.com/2011/12/01/cowboys-and-aliens-lawsuit-copyright-infringement-comic-book/#.T2iwPxH2bLM http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/th… Read More
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The Wonderful World of Fair Use

One of the most commonly misunderstood concepts in copyright law that I encounter is fair use. It should be said at the outset that you cannot just take content that is on the internet and use it for your own purposes because of “fair use.̶… Read More
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Copyright Registration: A Necessity

All of my clients are concerned with protecting their intellectual property. In the realm of copyright law, one of the most important steps an artist must take to protect their copyrights is to register their works with the copyright office. While it… Read More
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Family Guy's Wish Upon A Star Parody Suit Dismissed

Today was a good day for stopping non meritorious copyright infringement claims. Followers of the popular Fox television show “Family Guy” no doubt are aware that one of the show’s hallmarks is its irreverent parodies of all aspects… Read More
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Amazon's Kindle 2 vs. The Author's Guild

As many of you are probably aware, Amazon recently released an update to its popular e-book reader the Kindle called appropriately Kindle 2. One of the interesting new features included with the Kindle 2 is a text to speech option that allows the rea… Read More
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