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My Adventures in Copyright - Small Business vs. Retail Giant

Louise Verity | Posted 04.08.2014 | 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 03.13.2014 | 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 03.13.2014 | 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 03.05.2014 | 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 02.24.2014 | 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.

Bloggers Beware: Think Before You Post Images Online

Nancy Wurtzel | Posted 02.19.2014 | Fifty
Nancy Wurtzel

The image I chose for my post was a beautiful Tree of Life creation, which fit perfectly with the subject matter of my post. At the time, I remember hesitating for just a moment. Was it an image I had purchased from a service? Had I found it in Creative Commons? Was it OK to use?

Discovery Yanks Controversial Mythbusters Sex Episode

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 04.15.2014 | Media
Jon Hotchkiss

Discovery Channel and Mythbusters have blinked. At least "blinking" is what I think they've done. Although, if this was being written by someone at U...

Did Gawker Infringe Copyright? That's a Bingo!

Michelle Wein | Posted 03.31.2014 | Media
Michelle Wein

Last week, the entertainment website Gawker linked to the leaked draft script of Quentin Tarantino's proposed upcoming film, The Hateful Eight. Now, Tarantino is suing the site for copyright infringement.

Better Understanding of Fair Use, Tech Missing From Copyright Hearing

Edward J. Black | Posted 03.30.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Fair use is one of many ways Congress has ensured appropriate balance in our copyright law.

Discovery Channel's Latest Treachery Has Left Me Gobsmacked

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 03.19.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Hotchkiss

I am a producer and TV series creator with 11 Emmy nominations forging a next generation model for independent content distribution. This scares the networks because it would make them dinosaurs. So, Discovery Channel is trying to crush me.

We Need to Start Seeing Other Futures...

James Boyle | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
James Boyle

Copyright Week is a week devoted to our relationship with our own culture. Hint: things aren't going well.

10 Tips For Protecting Your Digital Content

Andrea Smith | Posted 03.11.2014 | Technology
Andrea Smith

So many questions exist about property rights and content; who owns your image, can you re-post someone else's image with credit and what the heck is fair use?

Art and Music Are Professions Worth Fighting for

Blake Morgan | Posted 02.17.2014 | Arts
Blake Morgan

We artists and musicians have the right to expect from our profession what others expect from their professions. That through hard work and determination, perspiration and inspiration, we'll have the same fair shot to realize our dreams, answer our callings, support our families.

Why USTR Should Not Put MPAA and PhRMA Ahead of Other Industries (and Consumers) in Trade Negotiations, including TPP

James Love | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
James Love

This week in Singapore, the Obama administration has a different focus -- providing "more" for the MPAA and big pharma lobby. That should change, before this huge trade deal is concluded.

Only You Can #SaveBartsLordeParody! Copyright Infringement vs Fair Use and Free Speech

Shira Lazar | Posted 02.06.2014 | Media
Shira Lazar

Bart Baker has made several of the most popular music video parodies on YouTube, but if you want to check out his take on Lorde's smash hit "Royals," ...

Copyright -- A Leading Force for Jobs, Innovation and Growth

Chris Dodd | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Chris Dodd

For years, those of us representing copyright industries have been making the case that copyright is a major contributor to the U.S. economy and an important job creator for American workers.

New Writer? Don't Make These 3 Rookie Mistakes

Allena Tapia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Allena Tapia

One constant my Internet readers will hear from me is how engaging and fulfilling it is to be a freelance writer. But, that doesn't mean there are no bumps on the road to the paid writing life.

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.