People generally recognize that under our federal system, individual states may have differing laws in a particular area, such as criminal law. Sometimes differences in various states’ laws make national headlines. However, individuals and companies generally expect that the application of a federal statute will be the same whether a lawsuit is filed in a
A choreographic work is one where the “composition and arrangement of a related series of dance movements and patterns are organized into a whole.” It may be used to convey a story, theme or abstract concept and can include elements such as rhythmic movements of the body and the sequence of those movements. Choreography is
Last week, in Unicolors v. H&M, the Supreme Court held that the Copyright Act’s safe harbor provision, found at 17 U.S.C. § 411(b)(1)(A), did not distinguish between a mistake of law and a mistake of fact. Thus, the lack of either factual or legal knowledge by a copyright applicant can excuse inaccurate information in a
“If my answers frighten you Vincent, then you should cease asking scary questions.” – Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction There is no avoiding the complicated questions that quickly follow an explosive new technology when the law is unsettled and the market is lucrative. As Hollywood enters the NFT goldrush, content creators and distributors need to
Are Celebrities Guilty of Copyright Infringement for Posting a Paparazzi’s Photos? To the average person, it may seem natural to assume that a picture taken of a celebrity belongs to the celebrity. In fact, it is common for celebrities to complain about and sometimes sue paparazzi for invading their privacy by taking photos of them.
Updated: September 16, 2022 With so many movies based on books, authors often dream about the possibility of selling the film rights to their work. Though the process can be complicated, and, for various reasons, deals may not come to fruition, an experienced entertainment law attorney can help guide an author through the process and
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