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From the United States Copyright Office NewsNet 542 May 5, 2014 The U.S. Copyright Office will hold a series of public roundtables to gather input for its music licensing study. The roundtables will take place in Nashville, Tennessee on June … Continue reading
On a recent episode of HBO’s new show Silicon Valley, the hapless coders find themselves in a bind when they realize that the “placeholder” company name “Pied Piper, Inc.” was already in use by Pied Piper Irrigation, another California company. … Continue reading
Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was a nanny living in Chicago and New York during the 50′s and 60′s. She was also a photographer whose work involved sizable numbers of photos taken of street scenes. She … Continue reading
After eight years of a trail and the appeals process, on Nov. 14, 2013, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge, Denny Chin, dismissed a suit by the Author’s Guild against Google for its’ digital scanning project where they began scanning millions … Continue reading
Garcia v. Google, Inc. “While answering a casting call for a low-budget amateur film doesn’t often lead to stardom, it also rarely turns an aspiring actress into the subject of a fatwa.” is the mild understatement of the Appeals court … Continue reading
I recently had the opportunity to sit-down with Wendy and Matthew with the Minnesota Do-Gooders to talk about copyrights and trademarks. They did a great job of putting my ramblings together into a pretty comprehensible program. http://www.mndogooders.org/ideas/listen/copyright-and-trademarks-for-nonprofits
I was recently asked by an attorney friend about using the phrase “The Top Ten Reasons…” in relation to a top ten list (á la David Letterman) that she was planning on using in a marketing piece. This wasn’t a … Continue reading
Courts sometime get the right answer for the wrong reason. In a recent case in the US Tenth Circuit (Enterprise Management Limited, Inc. v. Warrick); the court discussed a diagram of a basic idea which was the basis of the … Continue reading
Article 9 of the French Civil Code provides that: “everyone has the right to privacy.” A little while back Kate Middleton was spotted (via a long range lens) topless at a private residence in France. The resulting photos ended up … Continue reading
As an attorney, I feel compelled to speak up concerning the proposed Voter Identification Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution. Putting aside the partisan political aspects of the issue for a moment, this is a bad idea. Simple ideas sometimes have … Continue reading