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Copyright My Costume?

On April 1, 2010 By

Some Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans are searching for a new way to protect their image from exploitation and have turned to copyright law as a possible protection. The Indians, mostly working-class African Americans, traditionally craft elaborate costumes costing thousands of dollars to wear as they parade through the […]

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Amazon has recently introduced a newer, spiffier version of their wireless reading device, the Kindle. For those of you unfamiliar with this device, it is an electronic book reader that allows you to download a digital book from the Internet and then read it on a high-resolution screen. This updated version has an […]

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After a nasty public battle between media giants Warner Brothers and 20th Century Fox, comic book fans can once again look forward to March 6. That is the day that Watchmen, a highly anticipated adaptation of Alan Moore’s popular graphic novel of the same name, hits theaters. Until recently, the film’s […]

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Copyright Horrors: Spielberg Sued

On September 14, 2008 By

Nearly seventeen months after the release of Steven Spielberg’s Disturbia, the estate of Sheldon Abend filed a complaint claiming that the film infringed upon Abend’s exclusive rights to a short story by Cornell Woolrich. The film rights to the story, called “Murder from a Fixed Viewpoint,” or alternatively, “It Had to […]

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Redefining Fair Use and Copyright Law?

On September 10, 2008 By

Yesterday afternoon Judge Patterson of the Southern District of New York ruled that Steven Vander Ark’s “Harry Potter Lexicon,” an encyclopedia intended to chronicle the famous Harry Potter series, infringed on J.K. Rowling’s copyright for the series. The Harry Potter Lexicon began as a fan website dedicated to serving as “the ultimate Harry Potter […]

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