You Can’t Copyright the Law

Gordon P. Firemark

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 www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/121.

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.

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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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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Copyright Office Posts Four Proposed Rules for MLC

Music Technology Policy

The Copyright Office has posted notices of proposed rules on four topics: Confidential information , royalty reporting by MLC , the transparency of the MLC , and the notices and reporting. Lots to drill down on, thanks to the Copyright Office for all the work on these which must have been a tremendous effort. Music Modernization Act Copyright Office Music is Nothing Like Water

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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Copyright Law Basics – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

Is this copyright infringement and is this OK for me to do so?” ” Well, Jody the short answers are: Yes this is copyright infringement and NO it is not OK for you to do so without the permission of the owner of the television program. VIDEO: [link].

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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

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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.

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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Gugliuzza on Death of a Copyright @prgugliuzza

Media Law Prof Blog

Gugliuzza, Boston University School of Law, has published Death of a Copyright at 99 Boston University Law Review 2581 (2019). A well-established feature of modern copyright law is that the term of a copyright Paul R.

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.

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

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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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.

Copyright Office Regulates the MLC: Selected Public Comments on MLC Transparency: @zoecello

Music Technology Policy

Copyright Office is proposing many different ways to regulate The MLC, which is the government approved mechanical licensing collective under MMA authorized to collect and pay out “all streaming mechanicals for every song ever written or that ever may be written by any songwriter in the world that is exploited in the United States under the blanket license.” ” The Copyright Office is submitting these regulations to the public to comment on.

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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Attention @USTradeRep: Songwriters and Publishers Call on Canadian Parliament to Ratify the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement to Close Copyright Loophole

Music Technology Policy

We’ll be coming back to this soon, but readers should be aware that there’s a loophole in Canada’s Copyright Act that can be closed immediately through the the USMCA trade agreement. Or got happy feet on the copyright extension due to lobbying pressure from you know who.

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.

Top Trademark/Copyright/Entertainment Law Posts of 2013

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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.

"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

Sherlock Holmes, Elementary, Copyright Protection and Trademarks

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“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.

@artistrights: As Predicted, Google Refuses to Comply with EU Copyright Directive #ThisIsWhatMonopolyLooksLike

Music Technology Policy

And as predicted, Google are refusing to comply with the new European Copyright Directive as transposed into French law. Article 13 News from the Goolag Emmanuel Macron European Copyright Directive Franck Riester Jim DeLong Neighboring RightsJournalist enemy #1.

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

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

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.

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

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

"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

Even More Bad Faith from @RonWyden on Copyright Small Claims Legislation

Music Technology Policy

damages in the Copyright Act is $150K. So what is going on that prompted a kind and reasonable fellow like Copyright Alliance chief Keith Kupferschmid to accuse Senator Wyden of bad faith negotiations in the above tweet? JustOne #CASEAct #Copyright @asmp pic.twitter.com/US2aZiTt9D.

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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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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Sherlock Holmes – Some Copyright, Some Not

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Ten stories published after 1923 are protected by copyright in the US. The court held elements introduced in the Sherlock Holmes stories published after 1923, such as Watson having a second wife, remain under copyright in the United States.

Copyright Office Regulates the MLC: Selected Public Comments on MLC Transparency: MediaNet

Music Technology Policy

The Copyright Office has solicited comments on the transparency of The MLC and received quite a few well-thought out comments (if I say so myself). Insufficient care was taken at the Copyright Office and at The MLC to create systems to reduce the fact of this conflict negatively affecting the operations of The MLC which presents an opportunity to leave the bad days behind. 1] Transcript , United States Copyright Office Unclaimed Royalties Study Kickoff Symposium (Dec.

The Copyright Office Should Set Conflict of Interest Policy for the MMA Musical Works Database

Music Technology Policy

Among other things, the MLC is also mandated to “[a]dminister a process by which copyright owners can claim ownership of musical works (and shares of musical works)” But the MMA also establishes a cohort of “special” people who can get <em>copies of the entire database</em>, a “bulk copy.” Authority of the Copyright Office to Create Database Conflict of Interest Rules. Again, important issues for the Copyright Office.