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Protect Your Treasure

Amy Oraefo | Posted 11.19.2013 | Business
Amy Oraefo

Proper federal registration of intellectual property is beneficial because it provides the owner with the right to sue for particular damages in the event that the intellectual property owner's copyright, trademark, or patent is infringed upon after federal registration.

Harper Lee Lawsuit Settled

AP | Posted 09.09.2013 | Books

NEW YORK -- "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee has settled a New York lawsuit against two of the defendants she sued in May to re-secure the co...

Artists Found Another Reason To Dislike Spotify

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 09.04.2013 | Technology

Spotify members might be fooling themselves with their playlist-making abilities. The Ministry of Sound, a British dance music brand, is suing Spot...

Jason Linkins

Here's Why You Don't See MLK's 'I Have A Dream' Speech All The Time

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the historic March On Washington For Jobs And Freedom, and the epoch-altering oration by the Rev. Mar...

(EM)I Has a Dream

James Boyle | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
James Boyle

Today is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. The copyright in the speech is administered by EMI, with the consent of the King family. Thus the speech may not be freely played on video or reproduced and costlessly distributed across the nation -- even today.

Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn't Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 2: Update the Compulsory License for Songwriters

Chris Castle | Posted 08.05.2013 | Entertainment
Chris Castle

Abandoning the government mandated compulsory license would free songwriters to participate in the market for reproductions of their songs, and would be a great step forward.

Film and Television Play Vital Role in Driving Innovation, Strengthening US Economy

Chris Dodd | Posted 07.24.2013 | Entertainment
Chris Dodd

The production and distribution of film and television continues to be one of this country's most valuable cultural and economic resources.

Now Streaming on a Website Near You

Gregory Alan Barnes | Posted 06.25.2013 | Media
Gregory Alan Barnes

The goal of identifying and disrupting the online activities of rogue websites is important and certainly worthy of pursuit. But, it must be accomplished in a way that doesn't disturb the current pace of innovation being carried-out by legitimate online services providers.

Artist Challenges Google Art Project

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 06.14.2013 | Arts

British artist Phil Thompson has imagined a playful way to address issues of appropriation and ownership in the art world. The mind behind projects li...

Copyright: Empowering Innovation and Creativity

Chris Dodd | Posted 06.10.2013 | Technology
Chris Dodd

From the printing press, to motion pictures, to recorded sound, to the Internet, for its entire history copyright law has evolved and developed in res...

The Difficult Necessity of Unified Intellectual Property Law

Brad Reid | Posted 07.20.2013 | Business
Brad Reid

Intellectual property, the modern source of wealth, is protected by a jumbled maze of common law, statutes, judicial decisions, and treaties.

Poisoning the Treaty for the Blind

Jim Fruchterman | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
Jim Fruchterman

In the MPAA's "balanced" world, a system that works well in the United States -- and helps hundreds of thousands of people -- should be advocated against by our trade delegation? Huh?

MPAA Supports Meaningful Treaty for Visually Impaired

Chris Dodd | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Chris Dodd

The international community, through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is currently negotiating a treaty intended to improve access...

Disney, Viacom and Other MPAA Members Join Book Publishers to Weaken a Treaty for the Blind

James Love | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
James Love

The World Blind Union and its members and supporters in the negotiation are now concerned that that Obama Administration and the European Commission are making demands that will render the treaty far less useful, or even derail the negotiations entirely.

Aereo Ruling a Win for TV Viewers, Future of Cloud Computing

Edward J. Black | Posted 06.11.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

A few weeks after Aereo started offering its service in New York last year, big entertainment companies like Fox and ABC sued on copyright infringement allegations. Letting the Aereo ruling stand will be a key step toward giving people the content they want on the device of their choice.

Crack Down On 'Belgian Chocolate'

Reuters | Posted 05.27.2013 | Business

By Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian chocolate makers believe their renowned pralines should have similar protection to th...

How to Stop Copycats in Their Tracks

Denise Gosnell | Posted 05.19.2013 | Business
Denise Gosnell

Today's technology makes it so easy for people to steal content from others and then hide behind their remote location to try and get away with it. Nearly every business owner I know has faced piracy problems like this, and the problem continues to get worse.

We Don't Need Six Strikes

John Tarnoff | Posted 05.07.2013 | Technology
John Tarnoff

Last month, audiovisual content rights holders announced the new Copyright Alert System, a.k.a. "Six Strikes" that they and ISPs have put in place to discourage peer-to-peer file sharing of copyrighted files. Good luck!

On Empowering Artists

Sandra Aistars | Posted 02.28.2013 | Technology
Sandra Aistars

Copyright is about freedom. It is core to protecting freedom of expression. But it also gives authors the freedom to thrive. Copyright is a unique form of property because, unlike inherited wealth, it springs from an artist's own imagination, hard work and talent.

3-D Printing Can Turbocharge Mashup Culture

Michael Weinberg | Posted 03.31.2013 | Technology
Michael Weinberg

When you step away from your computer screen and look around, you realize that the physical world -- the real world -- is full of real, physical things that are not protected by copyright.

Latest WTO Lunacy: Poker and Piracy Together at Last

Lori Wallach | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
Lori Wallach

On Monday the World Trade Organization (WTO) officially authorized Caribbean nation Antigua to sell $21 million in "pirated" U.S.-copyrighted music, films and computer programs in retaliation for the United States failing to comply with a 2005 WTO order to allow online gambling here. Say what?

Aaron Swartz, Financial Fraud and the Justice Department

Dean Baker | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

The Justice Department apparently wanted to send a message with its decision to prosecute Swartz while ignoring the financial fraud that fueled the housing bubble. It certainly did.

Superman's Latest Battle... In Court

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 01.11.2013 | Entertainment

SAN FRANCISCO -- Superman belongs to Warner Bros., according to the latest legal victory granting the film and television studio complete commercial c...

Zaha Hadid: Star-chitect Buildings Copied in China

designboom | Posted 03.01.2013 | Arts
designboom

'Galaxy SOHO' by Zaha Hadid Image © Designboom     In an age in which starchitect buildings have become the norm, how important should artistic au...

Legal Issues in Self-Publishing: What Authors Need to Know

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.23.2013 | Books
Bernard Starr

Self-publishing continues its exponential growth. More and more authors are choosing this route for presenting their work to the public. But there is one domain that self-published authors rarely think about: legal issues.