Virtual Reality (VR) is an exciting and immersing technology. Typically, a pair of high-tech goggles/headset transports the viewer into a completely fictional and often computer-generated world.  Many are anticipating that this technology will disrupt the traditional forms of entertainment, such as video games and films. How awesome would it be to feel like you’re […]
The “Happy Birthday” song is undoubtedly an idiosyncrasy in almost everyone’s childhood memories. Like the “ABC’s”, or “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” it’s likely you’ve never sought the origin of these familiar tunes. However, the origin of the “Happy Birthday” song recently found its way to the center of a class-action lawsuit between Time Warner and its […]
Animation fans who tuned into the premier of Comedy Central’s Moonbeam City were treated to a nostalgia laden treat. The new show centers around an Archer-esq playboy cop named Dazzle, played by Rob Lowe. (I think we can all agree that Rob Lowe should dedicate the entirety of his career to exploring the “playboy cop” archetype.) […]
Disclaimer: This article is an informative guide for artists to conduct preliminary research pertaining to their legal rights. DO NOT TAKE THIS ARTICLE AS SUBSTITUTE FOR LEGAL COUNSEL. Although any information on the current state of the law is thoroughly researched it is intended as information, not advice. Secondly, this article is tailored to the 9th circuit (Montana, Idaho, […]
Surprising Cinderella I recently went to the opening night performance of Center Theatre Group’s production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic musical “Cinderella.” I had seen this musical before, so I went in expecting to see the standard Rogers and Hammerstein dialogue, musical numbers, and plot-line. Boy, was I wrong to expect the usual!! Douglas Carter […]
Is publication on social media enough to warrant finding fair use of another’s image? Fox News seems to think so. Well, at least in one context. Last week, the network put their bid in for an appeal of a New York district court order which denied them a fair use defense for re-posting an iconic […]
Last night, music video director Joseph Kahn posted a dark and grim fan video of the American franchise classic Power Rangers on YouTube and Vimeo. The highly-produced 14-minute film entitled “Power/Rangers” already has over 2.7 million views. Co-produced by Andy Shankar and Jil Hardin and co-written by Kahn, Dutch Southern, and star James Van Der Beek, the video took a […]
In the United States, a copyright owner does not freely negotiate license rates and fees. Instead license rates and fees are set by Congress, the Copyright Office, and collective licensing organizations (CROs) that handle licensing on behalf of copyright owners. CROs track and protect six different exclusive rights. The table below summarizes the those rights. […]
True to its unorthodox form, the Ninth Circuit is the black sheep of the copyright world when it comes to derivative works and originality. Most of the circuit courts in the country (with the exception of the Ninth Circuit) require some minimal amount of originality in a derivative work in order for it to potentially […]
In January, a man named Jacobus Rentmeester filed a lawsuit against Nike for copyright infringement. Rentmeester claims that Nike’s famous Jumpman logo from the Jordan Brand was based on a photograph he took of Michael Jordan in 1984 for Life Magazine. Rentmeester claims that he was a freelancer who owns copyright in the original photograph, […]
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