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

Heather Hummel | Posted 12.17.2014 | 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 12.18.2014 | 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 12.16.2014 | 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 12.16.2014 | 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 12.16.2014 | 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 11.20.2014 | 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 10.31.2014 | 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.

Who holds your keys?

Simon St. Laurent | Posted 07.06.2014 | Huffpost Code
Simon St. Laurent

Put your books, movies, and music on a gleaming shelf. Close the door to keep the dust off. Lock the door, so no one can take it, and hand me the key. I'll let you have the key when you need it, if you promise not to share these with anyone else. It's the Deal of the (21st) Century!

TV Viewers, the Cloud Computing Industry, and Internet Users Watch Supreme Court Copyright Clash

Edward J. Black | Posted 06.22.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

If Aereo is successfully attacked, many cloud-based Internet services will be greatly endangered. The high court should not let this happen, including for reasons that extend far beyond the obvious broadcasting issues.

My Adventures in Copyright - Small Business vs. Retail Giant

Louise Verity | Posted 06.08.2014 | Small Business
Louise Verity

Creativity is difficult to protect! So stand up for yourself, take any help you can get, and don't expect everyone to agree with you.

Why Generation Y Is Addicted to Living Life Above the Law

Brian Hanley | Posted 05.13.2014 | Technology
Brian Hanley

My generation must now assume responsibility for its actions. We need to work hand in hand with lawmakers to strike a balance in which copyright law protects existing intellectual property, but doesn't stifle the creation of future intangible assets.

Congress Should Review Abuses of Copyright Law Crucial to Internet Economy

Edward J. Black | Posted 05.13.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

While the DMCA should remain undisturbed as a cornerstone of our thriving Internet economy, Congress can still shine a light on bad actors trying to snuff out competitors or lawful speech online.

Garcia v. Google: Hard Cases Make Bad Law

Schuyler M. Moore | Posted 05.05.2014 | Entertainment
Schuyler M. Moore

The truth, for good or ill, is that judges rule with their hearts, and then they add a bunch of words to rationalize what they have done. The problem is that those bunch of words are often senseless and more often come back to cause contortions in later decisions.

An Overview of 'Work for Hire'

Brad Reid | Posted 03.05.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

Do not overlook ownership issues in the desire to rapidly begin a creative project. Recognize the legal significance of "work for hire" and "license" language.

I Respect Music: Artists' Pay for Radio Play

William Buckley Jr. | Posted 04.23.2014 | Entertainment
William Buckley Jr.

Congress, for the first time since 1976, is reviewing and rewriting copyright law and doing so within the context of the Internet and the digital distribution of creative works. The stakes couldn't be higher for the creative community.