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Copyright Office Decides Monkeys Can’t Be Authors

On September 11, 2014 By Thomas Hayden

Last week, the Copyright Office issued new guidance to clarify that it will only register copyrights for creative work produced by humans. Animals and computers (without human intervention) don’t possess “creative powers of the mind” in the same way that humans do. You’re likewise out of luck if you’re a “divine [...]

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Sometimes, art imitating life yields some strange results. In 1981, (animated) newspaperman J. Jonah Jameson ran the headline, “threat or menace” when discussing the masked Spider-Man in New York City’s (fictitious) Daily Bugle. Today, such a headline would not seem out of place on recent covers of the New York Post.

Between “Spidey’s” [...]

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When it comes to marketing, branding is important. A clever brand name can become ubiquitous and help a company soar to popularity. The drawback is that such brands are at risk of being genericized. When this happens, what was once a brand name is now a generic term used as a [...]

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After a six-year battle, Tyler Perry finally won the rights to the trademark of “What Would Jesus Do” after filing a petition to cancel Kimberly Kearney’s registration of the trademark.  In addition to giving Perry the rights he was seeking, the case has also served as a warning about the importance [...]

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3D Printing. Are we ready?

On June 12, 2014 By Philip Houten

One of the most staggering innovations in the last few years is the creation and proliferation of 3D printing. From printing guns that can shoot to life saving organs, 3D printing has the ability to revolutionize the way business is done and [...]

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This past Monday, the Department of Justice released a formal indictment against five Chinese military hackers for a number of offenses–including computer hacking and economic espionage–directed at some of the largest American companies in the US nuclear power, metals, and solar products industries. The indictment indicates that the [...]

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The Copyright War Rages On

On May 29, 2014 By Chastity Bobo

Last week, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Paula Petrella could sue MGM for copyright infringement–more than 30 years after Raging Bull hit the cinema and won two Academy Awards, including Best Actor (Robert De Niro).  Petrella’s father collaborated with boxer Jake LaMotta on two screenplays and a book that was [...]

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Ending Revenge Porn Through Copyright

On April 3, 2014 By Philip Houten

The growth of interactive internet sites over the past couple decades has lead to the blossoming of an industry specializing in user-generated pornography. This phenomenon has become known as “Porn 2.0,” and has provided users an outlet to post photos and videos not only of themselves, but also of people who have [...]

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#McConnelling, not Coordinating

On April 2, 2014 By Jeffrey W. Sheehan

#McConnelling is here to stay. Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell is cool with it. No word on how Mary Kate and Ashley feel about “Uncle Mitchy.” The meme took root when Jon Stewart called attention to a video put out by Mitch McConnell for Senate. Stewart turned McConnell’s B-roll footage to his [...]

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The world-famous magician Teller has secured a major victory in a Nevada Federal Court, winning his copyright suit against a copycat magician.  Teller filed his copyright suit against Gerard Dogge, a Dutch magician who uploaded YouTube videos of himself performing Teller’s famous, and copyrighted, performance of “Shadows.”  While this is not [...]

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