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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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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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Are You Gambling With Your Copyright By Entering That Photography Contest?

“Winner, winner, chicken dinner!” I’m told that the phrase first started in Las Vegas casinos where you would hear gamblers and dealers yell it out as winners would earn enough from their bets to buy the three-piece chicken special at the casinos.  … Continue reading

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What To Do Before Posting Your Photographs On Facebook (Or Anywhere Else)

Either this week or next, Facebook will make it official that it will follow its new terms of use — the legal stuff buried in a link at the bottom of the homepage entitled “Terms“.  Who cares? If you are a writer, … Continue reading

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When Celebrities Hang Out At The Pawnshop

It is no secret that banks large and small pulled the Persian rug (perhaps a green one for St. Patrick’s Day) out from art buyers who sought to finance their purchases with a loan.  The Wall Street Journal noted this trend back in April … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Barbie! Things I Learned From Barbie . . .

Barbie, the iconic doll who lines the shelves of big box and mom-and-pop toy stores everywhere, celebrates her 50th birthday today.  I was more of a G.I. Joe kid growing up, but I’ll be the first to admit that Barbie has done more for … Continue reading

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