Copyright Application vs. Copyright Registration

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will take on the issue of whether a copyright registration or a copyright application is required before bringing a copyright infringement suit. Currently, depending on the location of your copyright lawsuit, some courts require a copyright registration.  Other Courts simply require that you have filed a copyright application Read more about Copyright Application vs. Copyright Registration[…]

Pay BEFORE You Play: Why Music Licensing Matters

Does your business need a license to play music? Do you really need a music license just to play cover songs? Music licensing is not something to gamble with. Spotify recently settled a class action lawsuit for more than $43 million after failing to pay publishers and songwriters when they streamed their music. While Spotify’s Read more about Pay BEFORE You Play: Why Music Licensing Matters[…]

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[…]

The MET Announces Access to Free 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 The MET Announces Access to Free Images[…]

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?[…]