Copyright Office Announces Public Roundtable Discussions for Music Licensing Study

From the United States Copyright Office NewsNet 542 May 5, 2014 The U.S. Copyright Office will hold a series of public roundtables to gather input for its music licensing study. The roundtables will take place in Nashville, Tennessee on June 4 and 5, 2014, in Los Angeles, California, on June 16 and 17, 2014, and … Continue reading »


The Vivian Maier Dilemma

Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was a nanny living in Chicago and New York during the 50′s and 60′s.  She was also a photographer whose work involved sizable numbers of photos taken of street scenes.  She was not publicly recognized as an artist until after her death and upon the discovery/purchase … Continue reading »


Authors Guild v. Google

After eight years of a trail and the appeals process, on Nov. 14, 2013, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge, Denny Chin, dismissed a suit by the Author’s Guild against Google for its’ digital scanning project where they began scanning millions of books and making snippets (not full books) available in its search results. His full … Continue reading »


Garcia v. Google, Inc.

Garcia v. Google, Inc. “While answering a casting call for a low-budget amateur film doesn’t often lead to stardom, it also rarely turns an aspiring actress into the subject of a fatwa.” is the mild understatement of the Appeals court decision in Garcia v. Google, a case rooted in the anti-Islamic “film” that sparked riots … Continue reading »


Minnesota Do-Gooders Club

I recently had the opportunity to sit-down with Wendy and Matthew with the Minnesota Do-Gooders to talk about copyrights and trademarks. They did a great job of putting my ramblings together into a pretty comprehensible program.


Sometimes They Don’t Quite Get It.

Courts sometime get the right answer for the wrong reason. In a recent case in the US Tenth Circuit (Enterprise Management Limited, Inc. v. Warrick); the court discussed a diagram of a basic idea which was the basis of the defendant copying a similar diagram to explain the same concepts.    While the end result was … Continue reading »


Of Flesh Eaters and Copyright

Have you ever seen Night of the Flesh Eaters?   Probably, though you probably know it as the 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead.  Now ask yourself why have you seen it (besides it being a fun little romp about zombies) – because it has been pervasively shown on broadcast television and other media for … Continue reading »


The Copyright Dilimma for Pinterest

In case you’ve been living under a digital rock, one of the currently hot internet properties is Pinterest is a social media platform that allows users to skim pictures from third-party websites and to post them along with a link back to the original website that the image originally appeared on – sort of … Continue reading »


The Three Second Rule of Copyright

At dinner the other night, a friend mentioned she had recently seen a performance of Broadway songs at a fairly well known theater here in Minneapolis/ St Paul.  She mentioned that during the performance the host for the night compared the first seven notes of  the iconic Somewhere over the Rainbow to notes played during … Continue reading »


Copyright Office Requests Comments on Eliminating Compulsary License for Cable Providers

In April the Copyright Office published a notice in the Federal Register seeking comments related to a proposed change to the current method that cable and satellite providers license broadcast television from stations (e.g., local network affiliates).  Currently, three sections of the Copyright Act provide a compulsory (statutory) license for these broadcasts, meaning that negotiations … Continue reading »

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