Copyright

In breaking news this month, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in a copyright case called the 4th Estate Publishing Company v. Wallstreet.com. If you’re interested in the case opinion, you can check it out here.  For the most part, this opinion is a conversation that...

An interesting copyright case came across my desk recently that I need to stress is probably quite wrong and likely to get overturned on appeal. But nonetheless, the case presented the issue related to copyright and Fair Use. As background, whenever a claim of copyright...

One of my clients Colleen Gratzer hosts a podcast called Design Domination. Colleen asked me to help explain some legal matters related to design and the creative business. You can listen to our conversation or read the transcript (if that is your thing). Also, if you are in the...

In a strong opinion, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the Google Books project enjoys fair use protection of it work under the Copyright Action Sec. 107.  You can read the opinion here (pdf). The Court's opinion, drafted by Judge Pierre...

The past couple of weeks in the music business have been abuzz with significant rulings related to music copyrights. "Happy Birthday" Copyrights Invalid Last week, a federal judge in Los Angeles declared all the copyrights on "Happy Birthday" are invalid. The lengthy court opinion can be found...

Last time, I talked about the basics of the work for hire doctrine. For creative professionals, freelancers, and businesses providing creative services, understanding the boundaries of Work for Hire is critical so as not to throw away important rights or claim rights that don't exist....

Working with creative professionals provides deep satisfaction for me. However, some creative professionals have a difficult time with what their rights are to the work they perform on behalf of clients. I have seen some professionals who simply give their rights away without considering the...