Music Copyright Law: “Musical Works” and Sound Recordings

Copyright Law: Distinguishing Between Musical Works and Sound Recordings In general terms, copyright protection extends to “original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression.” Pursuant to Section 102 of the federal Copyright Act (“the Act”), works of authorship include, among other categories: Musical works, including any accompanying words; and Sound recordings. As Read more about Music Copyright Law: “Musical Works” and Sound Recordings[…]

Free Use Images

The Metropolitan Museum announced access to nearly 400,000 images – for free. The Museum provides these images under an Open Access license for all public-domain works in the Met collection. The Creative Commons Zero (“CC0”) license allows use of the images without restriction. Entrepreneurs, artists, and business owners can now use and share these images Read more about Free Use Images[…]

FBI Anti-Piracy Seal

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has finalized a new policy regarding the use of the FBI Anti-Piracy Warning Seal (APW Seal or FBI Anti-Piracy Seal). The new policy provides a general authorization allowing all copyright holders to use the APW Seal, subject to specific conditions of use. The APW Seal has been generally helpful Read more about FBI Anti-Piracy Seal[…]

Tweets Aren’t Trade Secrets

The explosive expansion of social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn have given rise to numerous intellectual property issues, including the ownership and value of a “Friend,” “Like” or “Tweet.”  A recent case PhoneDog v. Noah Kravitz may address some of these issues.  In PhoneDog, a California Court is being asked to determine Read more about Tweets Aren’t Trade Secrets[…]

SOPA/PIPA and WIKI – the new “SIT IN”

The recent buzz across the internet yesterday was the equivalent of a 21st century “Sit In” as websites and internet users demonstrated against SOPA and PIPA.  SOPA stands for Stop Online Piracy Act, which is related to the recently (October 26, 2011) proposed legislation [H.R. 3261] introduced by the Lamar S. Smith (R-TX) who was Read more about SOPA/PIPA and WIKI – the new “SIT IN”[…]

RIAA SUPPORTS NEW ANTI-PIRACY BILL

The U.S. House of Representatives introduced new legislation, the Stop Online Piracy Act, today which is supported by the RIAA. The bill is designed to provide the Department of Justice with resources to prevent offshore “rogue” sites from offering access to illicit and counterfeit goods. A a hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act will Read more about RIAA SUPPORTS NEW ANTI-PIRACY BILL[…]

Social Paws or Arrested Pa’s?

Speaking of Social commerce, did you know that one in 10 UK pets has a profile on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. Many within the U.S. have also set up a profile for their pet. Although, it is hard to determine how many pets are signed up on Facebook, it appears that at least several thousand Read more about Social Paws or Arrested Pa’s?[…]

Facebook Pirates?

Protecting Intellectual Property in Social Commerce The Internet and e-commerce are becoming the standard mode of business in today’s global economy.  The current projection is that e-commerce in 2011 will account for 188 billion dollars with a hundred billion dollars in growth being projected by 2015 as a result of mobile commerce, social commerce and Read more about Facebook Pirates?[…]

Tattoo Copyright Lawsuit Settled

As a follow-up to the recent Tattoo article, on Monday, Warner Bros. announced that it had settled the lawsuit brought by Missouri tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill over the mark on Helms’ face, for which Whitmill claimed infringed a copyrighted tattoo he created for boxer Mike Tyson.  Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.