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How 'The Fat Jew' Learned The Hard Way That You Can't Break The Internet's Golden Rule

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 08.21.2015 | Comedy

Josh Ostrovsky -- or, as 5.7 million people on Instagram know him, The Fat Jew -- was living your typical Cinderella story of Internet fame ... u...

The Good, the Bad, and the Uncomfortable About Being a Creator in the Digital Age

Sarah Hinchliff Pearson | Posted 08.03.2015 | Arts
Sarah Hinchliff Pearson

If you believe in what you're doing, and I hope you do, then telling your story and explaining why people should care should really become part of your toolbox. And there is something pretty magical about the crowdfunding process when it works.

The Real 'Happy Birthday' Song Could Soon Make It To Movies And TV

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 07.29.2015 | Arts

For decades, characters on screens big and small have been held back from singing "Happy Birthday" to one another by copyright law. Yes...

You Can't Steal Jokes On Twitter Anymore

The Huffington Post | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 07.28.2015 | Technology

Have you ever wanted to tweet a comedian's joke without attribution? If you do, your message could end up looking like this: That's be...

To Pitch, or Not to Pitch, That is the Question

David Fagin | Posted 07.15.2015 | Entertainment
David Fagin

It seems you can't throw a stone in Hollywood these days without hitting someone who claims, at one time or another, they've had an idea they pitched stolen. This goes for both unknown writers, as well as established ones. But the thing to keep in mind here, is not whether they actually did.

Trending: An Education in Fashion Law

Stacy Slotnick | Posted 07.15.2015 | Style
Stacy Slotnick

Fashion may be the epitome of imagination and art but without fashion lawyers to help protect inimitable brands and original works, the industry cannot thrive and advance. Human creativity needs safeguarding.

Promoting the Value of Creativity With Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Theatres, and Independent Theaters Around the Country

Chris Dodd | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Dodd

If you are heading to the movies this summer to meet a dinosaur or explore the feelings inside your head or maybe for a little magic, be sure to look ...

6 Steps to Ending the Copy Cat in Business

Asha Ramakrishna | Posted 06.11.2015 | Business
Asha Ramakrishna

The unoriginal, uninspired, and lacking of confidence in the phenomenon of a person who steals your ideas, words, and work is an eye roll to every business owner.

Fixing the DMCA, Step 1: The Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation Act

Sen. Ron Wyden | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Sen. Ron Wyden

Right now the U.S. Copyright Office is deciding whether Americans will be able to unlock phones and other devices they've paid for, whether farmers can repair their own tractors and whether Americans with disabilities will be able to access e-books and other electronic media.

About Why So Many Photographers Hate Richard Prince

Giovanni Savino | Posted 05.28.2015 | Arts
Giovanni Savino

Shall we end up condoning thieves, rapists, pedophiles and killers based on the conceptual lalaland of a few arrogant, financially powerful trendsetters and unscrupulous merchants?

How Is This Artist Selling Instagram Photos That Aren't His For $90,000 Each?

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 05.27.2015 | Arts

Did you know someone could resell your Instagram pictures for $90,000? Richard Prince, an established artist who plays with authorship and appropri...

453 Days Later...

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 06.07.2015 | 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.