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Should I Register My Copyright?

What is a copyright? Copyright is a form of intellectual property which applies to original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible medium.  Copyright grants the creator an exclusive legal right to determine when and under what conditions an original work can be used by others.  A work is considered original if it


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When has Copyright “registration…been made” – such that an action for infringement may be brought?

On Monday, March 4, 2019, the United States Supreme Court issued two important – and unanimous – rulings regarding United States copyright law. One of the two cases, captioned Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC (Case No. 17-571), resolved a long- standing circuit split in the U.S. regarding what constitutes copyright “registration” for


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The Bully and the Billionaire

Jeff Bezos, currently the world’s richest person, accused the National Enquirer, and its parent company American Media Inc. (AMI), of attempted extortion.   Bezos, Amazon’s CEO and owner of the Washington Post, announced last month that he and his wife MacKenzie were separating after 25 years of marriage.  What followed was an avalanche of tabloid


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Never Break the Chain (And Three Scenarios That Could)

When you’re signing agreements in entertainment, it’s important to read the fine print.  There’s a pesky tendency for contracts to include a representation that all of the rights you’re granting are, in fact, yours to grant.  It’s easy to gloss over, but it should really make you stop, think and take a step back.  You’re


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Bankrolling a Blockbuster: Part 1 – Investment

As many filmmakers know, it takes a lot more than a strong screenplay, powerful cast and innovative artistic vision to take a great story from paper to the big screen.  So, what is the magical movie-making ingredient?  MONEY, pure and simple.


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Hitting the Right Notes: the Fine Line between Inspiration and Infringement

If you’re a singer or songwriter, chances are you’ve been influenced by other artists’ work.  In the past few years, a number of musicians have filed lawsuits against other performers for copyright infringement, claiming that their songs have been copied.  But so many artists are inspired by the rhythms, lyrics, and compositions of other songs. 


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