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.) […]
For filmmakers, navigating the issues of clearance can be difficult and daunting. Obtaining licenses to feature clips or images can be impossible or expensive, but going without licenses could halt your film from ever getting to distribution. Recall the film Blackfish, a documentary about Sea World’s capturing and subsequent handling of orca whales. The film […]
The modern art world is fiercely competitive. With the success of the urban art movement, artists must find a way to stand out in a very saturated market. At first, this vigilante generation of artists exploited inventive ways to bring their message to the public. Such legendary tactics included plastering the streets with images of […]
The last time the Dotted Line mentioned Aereo was back in January. The television streaming service had just finished playing a proverbial game of whack-the-mole with a group of litigious broadcasters (NBC, ABC, Fox, etc.). The national broadcasters brought lawsuits in multiple jurisdictions, claiming Aereo was stepping on their public performance right by capturing broadcast […]
In Part 1 of this series, we discussed Sincura’s incendiary practice of removing and selling Banksy’s street art. Sincura’s actions raise a litany of questions surrounding the moral and legal landscape of street art culture: Are these works property of the artist or the public? Should the artist have a say in whether a work […]
“I’VE BEEN WORKING MY ASS OFF JUST FOR YOU TO MAKE THAT PROFIT” “I’ve been working my ass off just for you to make that profit,” he screamed, upon closing of the Robert C. Scull auction in 1973. The words flowed from the soul of artist Robert Rauschenberg, inspired by the frustration of watching his […]
What is a copyright? We’ve all seen the © symbol somewhere. Because, they’re everywhere: in books, magazines, on pictures, and at the bottom of this site. But what exactly is a copyright? Well, actually, our copyright laws are rooted in none other but our Constitution. There, Congress is granted the power, “[t]o promote the Progress […]
On March 14, 2014, U.S District Judge Denise Cote ordered Pandora Media, Inc. (“Pandora”)- the Internet’s most popular streaming radio service – to pay 1.85% of its gross revenue to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (“ASCAP”) for the right to stream songs held in ASCAP’s repertory. ASCAP is the world’s second-largest performing […]
Meet Rooney Scholes, a three year old from Rochdale, a large market town in Greater Manchester, England. This past Easter, Rooney’s mother decided to get a personalized Easter egg for her son, with his name “Rooney” written on the front. Unbelievably, the chocolate shop refused to make the egg, claiming that they feared they would […]
What is Digital Piracy? If you’re not familiar with the definition, this amalgam of a term refers to the act of illegally downloading, streaming, or accessing content online. In legal parlance, it’s an infringement of intellectual property. In common lingo, it is the theft of entertainment. Unsuccessful Tactics Maybe the term rings a bell when […]
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