States’ Liability for copyright infringement

Gordon P. Firemark

VIDANGEL POSTMORTEM TRUMP CAN’T BLOCK ON TWITTER TEXAS APPEAL COURT: COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT BUT SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY. VIDANGEL POSTMORTEM * TRUMP CAN’T BLOCK ON TWITTER * TEXAS APPEAL COURT: COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT BUT SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY. The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at [link].

Is copyright getting tougher? – Episode 78

Gordon P. Firemark

Is it harder to register a Copyright now? The post Is copyright getting tougher? The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update , is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app.

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Asked and Answered: Copyright Renewals

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Asked & Answered video, I answer a question about whether you need to renew copyright. A reader wrote in with a question about copyrights needing to be renewed. I’ll answer the renewal question, and explain how copyright duration works, in just a moment.

Doin’ The Copyright Registration Dance

Gordon P. Firemark

SEUSS MASHUP DEEMED COPYRIGHT FAIR USE BY JUDGE FORTNITE SECTION POKEMON GO SETTLES ITS TRESPASSING CLASS THOMAS WEIGHS IN ON DEFAMATION FAIR USE BAD DECISION: RNC WINS AGAINST PHOTOGRAPHER ON FAIR USE FOLLOW UP ON MMA: SPOTIFY, AMAZON, PANDORA, AND GOOGLE NOTICES OF APPEAL TO THE D.C. The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app.

7 big benefits of registering your copyrights early.

Gordon P. Firemark

Copyright Registration should happen within 3 months after a work is first published. These benefits are, in fact, so significant, that we recommend content owners establish a practice of registering copyrights, long before any infringement occurs or litigation is anticipated.

Asked and Ansswered: International Copyright Protection

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: Vince asks: Does having an IP [screenplay] copyrighted in one country make it binding in another country? In other words, If I copyrighted a script in the US… does that copyright also hold legal status in Ireland?

Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – Copyright Renewals?

Gordon P. Firemark

A reader wrote in with a question about whether copyrights need to be renewed. I’ll answer the renewal question, and explain how copyright duration works, in just a moment. Modern Copyright law doesn’t require (or permit) any renewal. TRANSCRIPT: www.firemark.com.

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Asked & Answered: should I register multiple copyrights together!

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: Angel asks about registering his multiple copyrights under a single folio of works. Asked & Answered: should I register multiple copyrights together! This video provides my answer: A: .

Producer vs. Director. 2nd Circuit: “No director copyright”

Gordon P. Firemark

He also registered the film’s copyright in his own name. Google, over an actress’ claimed copyright in her contribution to the controversial film Innocence of Muslims. In most instances, the participants have signed agreements clarifying issues of ownership and copyright.

Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – Copyright Renewals?

Gordon P. Firemark

A reader wrote in with a question about copyrights need to be renewed. I’ll answer the renewal question, and explain how copyright duration works, in just a moment. Modern Copyright law doesn’t require (or permit) any renewal. TRANSCRIPT: www.firemark.com.

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ALI’s Restatement of Copyright Scandal

Music Technology Policy

Shownotes for Restatement Scandal: ALI Restatement of Copyright Progress Status (note no chapters have been approved). American Law Institute, Restatement of Copyright project. Restatement of Copyright Participants. Samuelson Letter to ALI Requesting Restatement of Copyright.

Learn copyright law basics from a comic book!?

Gordon P. Firemark

A copyright law comic book? It's a comic book style presentation of copyright law basics, and it's worth a look. After all, reading up on copyright law from the dusty old books may be MY cup of tea, but it's probably not yours.

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Copyright Basics FAQ

Current Trends

The US Copyright Office has a wealth of information available at their website on the copyright registration process. What is a copyright? Copyright is an original work of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression — such as a song, book, or sound recording.

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Changing Titles of Works Registered for Copyright

Gordon P. Firemark

In this video, Entertainment Lawyer Gordon Firemark answers a question about changing titles of works once registered for copyright protection. A client recently wrote me with a question about changing the title of a work that’s been registered for copyright.

Is Copyright Registration Required Before Licensing – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

Does a song have to be registered with the copyright office before you can obtain a license to use it in your film or other project? You don’t need to have a registration to own a copyright, or to do anything with the copyrighted work. AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: www.firemark.com.

Victory in Europe: The Two Years War over the Copyright Directive has Begun

Music Technology Policy

If you’ve heard about the new copyright law in Europe, you’ve probably heard that the new rules with either break the Internet or bring Big Tech to heel. Those fines seem large, but were barely discussed compared to the braying from YouTube over the Copyright Directive.

Entertainment Law Update Podcast 43 – No copyright, Sherlock?

Gordon P. Firemark

To Kill a Mockingbird Literary Agent Addresses Allegation of Stealing Copyright . Copyright Makes Mid-Century Works Disappear (and Helps Resurrect Old Works). Entertainment Law Update Podcast 43 – No copyright, Sherlock? Call us with your feedback: (310) 243-6231.

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When Should You Register Your Copyrights – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

When should you register your copyrights? One of the most common questions I get from clients I the business is about when they should register their copyrights. So, here goes… First off, registration is not necessary to perfect the copyrights in a work, but the benefits of registration, especially early registration are so significant, copyright owners should make a practice of registering their copyrights well in advance of any trouble arising.

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'Monkey Selfie' Appellate Ruling Finds Animals Can't File Copyright Suits

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"We conclude that this monkey — and all animals, since they are not human — lacks statutory standing under the Copyright Act." read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech THR Online

Smith on Copyright in Culinary Presentations @Cathay Smith

Media Law Prof Blog

Cathay Smith, University of Montana School of Law, has published Copyright in Culinary Presentations in Non-Conventional Copyright: Do New and Atypical Works Deserve Protection?128-149

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Trimble on Copyright and Geoblocking @unlvlaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Marketa Trimble, UNLV School of Law, is publishing Copyright and Geoblocking: The Consequences of Eliminating Geoblocking in volume 25 of Boston University Journal of Science and Technology Law (2019).

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“ACTA2” Trolls Publish Hit List on Pastebin of Artists who Supported Copyright Directive in Europe

Music Technology Policy

The “ACTA2” reference is a little inside baseball for the US audience–ACTA was a multilateral executive agreement (not a treaty) that would have strengthened copyright around the world.

Taxing Dead Celebs, Fee Shifting in Copyright Cases and Red Flag Knowledge – ELU 75

Gordon P. Firemark

State Ownership of Copyrights – more news. Georgia Copyrighting its laws (relate to Butts/CA statute from last ep). More on California’s move to copyright it’s works.

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Guest Post by Stephen Hollis: South Africa Creative Sectors Petition SA President on Copyright Bill

Music Technology Policy

[MTP readers will recall that there is a fierce fight going on in South Africa over a new national copyright amendment that is backed by Big Tech but bitterly opposed by South Africa’s creative sector. One of the catalysts of change was the 2011 Copyright Review Commission (CRC) report which was commissioned by Minister Rob Davies after a group of musicians petitioned the Office of then President Zuma in a plea for assistance.

Gilden on Copyright's Market Gibberish @andrew_gilden

Media Law Prof Blog

Andrew Gilden, Willamette University, is publishing Copyright's Market Gibberish in the Washington Law Review. There is a growing contradiction at the core of copyright law. Although courts and scholars frequently assert that copyright is only about

Stairway to Heaven, Copyright Small Claims, Tattoo T-Shirt & DOJ Ruling – Episode 76

Gordon P. Firemark

2 Is there a Small Claims Copyright Court in the future? The post Stairway to Heaven, Copyright Small Claims, Tattoo T-Shirt & DOJ Ruling – Episode 76 originally appeared on Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P.

Taxing Dead Celebs, Fee Shifting in Copyright Cases and Red Flag Knowledge – ELU 75

Gordon P. Firemark

State Ownership of Copyrights – more news. Georgia Copyrighting its laws (relate to Butts/CA statute from last ep). More on California’s move to copyright it’s works.

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Copyright Royalty Board Announces Changes in Judges

Broadcast Law Blog

With the Copyright Royalty Board now in the early stages of the next proceeding to consider webcasting royalties (see our article here ) as well as other proceedings including the distribution of cable and satellite television royalties to TV programmers (see these CRB notices ), the Chief Judge of the CRB, Suzanne Barnett, announced her retirement earlier this month.

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"Blurred Lines" Appeal Brief Says Artists Can't Copyright a Groove

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"A 'groove' or 'feeling' cannot be copyrighted, and inspiration is not copying." read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

Disney Misused 'Star Wars,' 'Frozen' Copyrights, Says Judge

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

An injunction bid against Redbox fails as the judge determines Disney is leveraging its copyright monopoly beyond the scope of its rights. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online

Top Trademark/Copyright/Entertainment Law Posts of 2013

Current Trends

There’s a great mix of trademark, copyright and music publishing cases. Number 1: Bikram Yoga Protected by Trademark NOT Copyright – It’s Hot. Number 4: Sherlock Holmes, Elementary, Copyright Protection and Trademarks.

The Countdown to Modernity: Copyright Royalty Board Posts Notices and Rules for MLC Assessment Proceeding — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

The Copyright Royalty Board has beat the July 8 deadline for noticing the proceeding and has posted the notice and the rules for the hearing. via The Countdown to Modernity: Copyright Royalty Board Posts Notices and Rules for MLC Assessment Proceeding — Artist Rights Watch.

Bob Marley's "War" Sparks Copyright Fight

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Allan Cole says he wrote "War" and "Natty Dread" but just recently discovered he doesn't own the copyrights. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online Bob Marley

Sherlock Holmes, Elementary, Copyright Protection and Trademarks

Current Trends

“It’s elementary my dear Watson, Sherlock Holmes might still have copyright protection.” ” Not precisely the definitive answer one expects from Sherlock’s reasoning of all things – even the intricacies of copyright law.

Fans, Norms, and Copyright

Media Law Prof Blog

Stacey Lantagne, University of Mississippi School of Law, is publishing The Copymark Creep: How the Normative Standards of Fan Communities Can Rescue Copyright in the 2016 volume of the Georgia State University Law Review. Copyrighted works

Taylor Swift Shakes Off Copyright Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The artist was sued by the songwriters behind 3LW's "Playas Gon' Play." read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online Taylor Swift

Copyright Runs Amok in Comic Case

The Legal Satyricon

Marvel: Copyright in the Three-Point Landing? I love copyright law, usually. Originally, copyright protected works for 14 years, with a renewal period of 14 […]. copyrightHorizon v. Why is it there? It is there to ensure that authors and artists can profit from their work. Great idea. Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, the concept got polluted.

"Happy Birthday" Copyright Ruled To Be Invalid

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge grants summary judgment to a filmmaker challenging Warner Chappel's copyright to a song more than a century old. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online

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Getting a tattoo? If you’re in the media you need to get the copyright too!

Gordon P. Firemark

but not for the film’s producers, who failed to get the proper clearances from the owner of the copyrighted design. The tattoo artist in question has registered the copyright, and filed a lawsuit for damages and an injunction. Specifically, the Court acknowledged that the tattoo artist has established a “likelihood of success on the merits&# of the copyright infringement case. Entertainment Law copyright tattoo tyson

Google Fires Head of U.S. Copyright Office — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

Copyright Office. This is a real tragedy because Register Pallante was even handed and concerned about treating everyone involved with copyright fairly–consumers as well as creators, not to mention cooperating with Google and Amazon in permitting the […].

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Copyright As Speech

Media Law Prof Blog

Bambauer, University of Arizona College of Law is publishing Copyright = Speech in volume 65 of the Emory Law Journal (2015). Expression eligible for copyright protection should be presumptively treated as speech for First Derek E.

Property Theory and Copyright

Media Law Prof Blog

Pascale Chapdelaine, University of Windsor Faculty of Law, has published The Property Attributes of Copyright at 10 Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal 34 (2014).

Copyright Law and Performance

Media Law Prof Blog

Luke McDonah, Cariff University, has published Plays, Performances and Power Struggles - Examining Copyright''s ''Integrity'' in the Field of Theatre at 77 Modern Law Review 533 (2014). This article explores the notion of ‘integrity’ under copyright