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

Chris Dodd | Posted 08.22.2014 | 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 07.31.2014 | 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 07.28.2014 | 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 07.24.2014 | 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.

Bloggers Beware: Think Before You Post Images Online

Nancy Wurtzel | Posted 04.21.2014 | 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.