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Tom Rubin | Posted 05.19.2015 | Technology
Tom Rubin

Welcome news this week from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. By a vote of 11 to 1, the court overturned its injunction against the controversial video called "Innocence of Muslims" that it had ordered off YouTube back in February 2014.

As Important as the Intended Artwork Is Selecting the Right Print Studio or Foundry

Daniel Grant | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Art is often a solitary pursuit but, sometimes, even the most reclusive artists must seek out the help and services of others.

Dana Liebelson

Here's The Digital Privacy Battle At The Center Of Obama's Big Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics

Open Internet advocates are still fighting for key privacy protections in a major trade pact the Obama administration is negotiating with 11 Pacific n...

For Artists, Divorce Means Splitting Up the (Art) Assets

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.03.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

For the artist, but just as much for the spouse -- particularly if there are ongoing financial interests between the two or children who will need to be supported -- the goal must be to maintain the art career with as little interruption as possible.

Internet Wins, Losses and Threats in the Year Ahead

Edward J. Black | Posted 04.28.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

While there are some reasons for optimism, a looming renewed threat comes from those who failed to get SOPA legislation passed three years ago.

And She's Buying a Lawsuit to Heaven

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 04.22.2015 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

The surviving family members of Randy California, the late guitarist of the band "Spirit," are suing Led Zeppelin for copyright infringement claiming that "Stairway to Heaven" is based on Spirit's song "Taurus."

Copyright is Broken. Can Congress Fix It?

William Buckley Jr. | Posted 04.12.2015 | Media
William Buckley Jr.

With the exception of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, enacted in 1998, just one year before Napster and the beginning of online piracy, many of today's copyright laws and regulations date back to 1976.

What D.C.'s Food Scene Can Teach Us About Copyright Law

Eli Lehrer | Posted 03.22.2015 | DC
Eli Lehrer

As Congress prepares for another battle over copyright law, D.C. policy wonks seeking guidance need look no further than the way the local restaurant scene has developed. Though there are clear differences, the district's eating places offer some valuable insights into the intersection of intellectual property and creativity.

Photographers, Don't Think You Need to Register Your Copyrights? Think Again

Heather Hummel | Posted 02.16.2015 | Arts
Heather Hummel

So many people get caught up in the fact that "you don't have to register the copyrights to your work because it's copyrighted the moment you create it." However, if you want real protection and legal hold when it comes to your work being stolen (copyright infringement), it's worth the few minutes and few dollars to register it.

After Copyright Debacle, Hollywood Tries Again with State Attorneys General

Edward J. Black | Posted 02.15.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Some state attorneys general may not recall the Internet Blackout and don't know the controversial history of site-blocking. This may explain why they are venturing into this political minefield.

Kenneth Goldsmith: Assume No Readership

Louisiana Channel | Posted 02.15.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

His poems are copied text from other sources such as traffic reports, a commentary track from a baseball game and an entire transcribed New York Times newspaper -- all revolving around the same question: What can poetry possibly be?

Kenneth Goldsmith: Reads Traffic Reports to Obama

Louisiana Channel | Posted 02.15.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Plagiarism, file sharing, inauthenticity and insincerity. Vivacious American poet, Kenneth Goldsmith, was unfazed about entertaining the White House: "I just said the things that I normally say."

Kenneth Goldsmith: Poetry in a Newspaper

Louisiana Channel | Posted 02.15.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Meet the playful American poet Kenneth Goldsmith, who demonstrates how poetry is all around us -- you just need to open your eyes to it.

Demystifying Law: How LegalZoom Uses Technology to Make Law Affordable

Ondi Timoner | Posted 01.20.2015 | Technology
Ondi Timoner

In our latest episode for A TOTAL DISRUPTION we speak with all four founders of LegalZoom to learn how they were able to succeed against all odds. This episode is a fantastic example of perseverance, grit and the dedication required to build a company from nothing.

Study Shows More Choice, Spending For Online Content

Edward J. Black | Posted 12.31.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

The means of developing content and the facilities for distributing it have become democratized. New technology and the Internet allow creators of all sorts to bypass traditional gatekeepers and reach audiences of unprecedented size.

Berne, Baby, Berne

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

For a century, Peter Baldwin, a professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles and at New York University, points out, the United States, far more than its counterparts in Europe, had balanced encouraging authorial creativity (and appropriate remuneration) against enhancing the public good through the diffusion of knowledge.

The Business of Music: Understanding 4 Distinct Revenue Streams for Songwriters

Amy Oraefo | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
Amy Oraefo

Being exposed to revenue streams will better equip a songwriter or producer of their rights within the music industry. Once the content creator possesses adequate knowledge of their rights, they can move forward with capitalizing on their talents.

102 Years Ago This Weekend, a Legendary American Industry Took Shape

Chris Dodd | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Chris Dodd

As the dog days of summer start to wind down, the movie and television industry have a special anniversary to acknowledge. This Sunday August 24th ma...

Can You Trademark a Sound?

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 09.30.2014 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

The first successful application for a sound mark was registered in 1978 and was filed by NBC. Thirty-five years out, it is still a notoriously long and difficult process. So when I'm asked by another business owner if they can trademark a sound, I always have to give a "yes, but..." answer for the following reasons.

Artist Education: Understanding the Importance of Copyright Ownership

Amy Oraefo | Posted 09.27.2014 | Business
Amy Oraefo

If you are a songwriter, an artist that draws cartoon images, a dance choreographer, or an independent film maker, you must educate yourself and obtain adequate knowledge of the basics of copyright ownership

Warning All Bloggers and Video Makers!!!

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 09.23.2014 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

There is a generally held perception that the Internet is a digital free for all, open platform, do what you like world. Nothing could be further from the truth, (as this so clearly points out).

Slipperiness Behind Aereo Ruling: Solving Riddles of Legislative Intent and Separation of Powers

Clay Calvert | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Clay Calvert

Fathoming legislative intent simply is too subjective and too slender of a reed to support such an important decision and to divide the winners from the losers that others have already sorted out.

SCOTUS: Broadcasters Win

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 08.25.2014 | Media
Joe Peyronnin

In a major win for broadcasters, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that Aereo, a streaming service that provides access to programs at about the same time as they are broadcast, violates the Copyright Act of 1976. The decision is a huge blow for Aereo, which may go out of business.

IP Enforcement Summit -- Ensuring Creativity and Innovation Continues to Thrive

Chris Dodd | Posted 08.11.2014 | Technology
Chris Dodd

The United Kingdom has long been recognized across the globe as a hub of creativity and innovation. So it should come as no surprise that the British...

Mythbusters Scandal Grows (VIDEO)

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 07.21.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Hotchkiss

I am Jon Hotchkiss... the creator of the 6-hour TV series This vs That... whose content was taken from me and used in the series Mythbusters... without my consent, in violation of my copyright and without any compensation.