YouTube Has Your Back

Safe Harbors Save YouTube Recently, a YouTuber – Chris Brady (not related to the Bunch) – allegedly used his YouTube page and the protections of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to extort money out of fellow subscribers. YouTube found out and indicated that it will not stand for this abuse of its platform or...
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What the Fuct?

Ending a nearly two year debate the Supreme Court, in Iancu v. Brunetti No. 18-302 (U.S. June 24, 2019), finally reached a decision on whether the Lanham Act provision ban on the registration of “immoral or scandalous” trademarks is constitutional…the answer is no! The History of Fuct Erik Brunetti, an artist and entrepreneur founded...
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Moral Rights… WHAT ARE THOSE?

Originating from the French term droit moral, moral rights refer to the personal rights of an author of any creative work related to the association between the author and the work itself.  Moral rights go beyond the monetary and economic value of the works and focus on the integrity of the work and protecting...
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Supreme Court Decides: Authors’ Access to Court is Granted Only After Copyright Office Acts on Application for Registration

When Does Copyright Registration Occur? In a unanimous Supreme Court decision, copyright owners seeking protection must now wait for the Copyright Office to act on an application for registration before they can pursue infringement claims in court. Based on the recent Supreme Court ruling, copyright registration occurs – and a copyright owner may commence a...
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Out With a Bang: December IP News

ENDING THE YEAR ON A HIGH NOTE… AND A LOW ONE There’s some great news as we end 2018: filmmakers are suddenly free to use a lot more preexisting material in their own work. And there’s some bad news too. Ticketmaster is once again at odds with its customers. This month is a perfect example of how...
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