Category Archives: Copyright

How To Find & Monetize Valuable Copyrights On University Campuses

Copyright licensing is probably the last thing on students’ minds as they return to college campuses across the country.  Yet with the increasingly difficult financial problems facing universities, there has been a renewed urgency to find ways to monetize inventions, discoveries … Continue reading

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Only An Author Can Create A Copyright — That’s No Monkey Business

The author who creates a work initially owns the copyright in the work.  The writer who writes the next novel, the painter who magically makes the canvas come alive, the musician who records the next hit all initially own the … Continue reading

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How To Stop Copyright Infringement Of Movies. Follow The Strategy The Music Industry Abandoned?

The flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers will soon pass, but we should be on the lookout for the next flood of copyright infringement cases now that the courts are starting to authorize subpoenas that will identify tens of … Continue reading

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If Mr. Tenenbaum Beats Sony & The RIAA, Do Artists & Other Creatives Lose?

“I don’t want to know the law.  Give me your best, bad argument.”  This was the critique of one of my first memorandum that I drafted after leaving the world of federal law clerks and joining the world of large … Continue reading

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So You’re An Artist? Time To Learn Copyrights, Contracts & Business Formation.

There is the saying about the man who one night dreamed in sequences of five. Five swings, five trees on a hill, five people running for mayor . . . .  Throughout the rest of the day, he wondered what … Continue reading

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Some Answers Are Not So Hard In The Copyright Debate. Or Are They?

One of my favorite sports columnists is Joe Posnanski who writes for Sports Illustrated and periodically, for the Kansas City Star.  But, as insightful and funny as he is about sports and life, he’s not the first place to turn for intellectual property issues.  I don’t … Continue reading

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Less Hope For Shepard Fairey In Obama Hope Poster Case?

If the street artist, Shepard Fairey, initially thought the copyright litigationover the Obama Hope poster would be a good-natured pillow fight with the Associated Press, he probably knew that it was going to get ugly once it came to light that he was less than … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Rules On Copyright Registration: What Does It Mean?

I previously wrote that I was hoping the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Reed Elsevier Inc. v. Muchnickwould finally answer the question of whether copyright registration is necessary for courts to have subject matter jurisdiction. We now have a ruling – it … Continue reading

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Federal Circuit: Korean War Memorial Stamp Violated Sculptor’s Copyright

Sometimes a 37¢ stamp does buy quite a bit.  One lucky sculptor, Frank Gaylord, may find that such a stamp could give him some extra spending money in the neighborhood of six or seven figures. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently reversed the … Continue reading

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You Chose: Four Years Of Litigation Or Taking Care Of The Copyright Portfolio

As one of my daughters has discovered Calvin & Hobbes cartoons, I wonder whether she’ll be inspired to try some of Calvin’s outlandish ideas such as barreling down a steep hillside and over the abyss in a red wagon or if … Continue reading

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