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On The Verge: The Biggest Update To Music Copyright Law In Over 40 Years

There’s a copyright bill racing through Congress so quickly that it could become law by the time you read this. But before we talk about what’s happening now, let’s take a look back at the past for context. What Does...
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USPTO Rushing To Implement The Trademark Modernization Act

As part of the December 2020 COVID-19 relief bill/appropriations act, Congress made significant changes to the law governing trademarks. The new provisions are scheduled to go into effect by December 27, 2021, so the United States Patent and Trademark Office...
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Trademarking a Sound Is a Sound Business Strategy

The MGM®  lion’s roar. The iconic “dun-dun” in episodes of Law & Order. The marimba ringtone that comes as the default ringtone on iPhones. There are certain sounds you can hear in your head just by reading a written description...
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Three Benefits of Hiring a Copyright Attorney

So you created a wonderful new piece of intellectual property such as: Music Literature A Movie or Play Choreography A Photograph Sculptures A Website Or any other unique work or design Now what do you do? How do you protect yourself...
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The Value of a Civil Litigation Attorney

In the U.S., lawsuits can be described using two types of categories: criminal or civil. These two types of cases operate under completely separate laws and have vastly different legal processes. At this time, we will focus on civil cases...
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Taming The Wild West Of NFTs And Other New Tech With Tried And True Legal Tactics

Frederic Remington made a name for himself in the art world by capturing the spirit of the wild west in his sculptures and paintings. Even if you aren’t familiar with his name, you have probably seen a copy of one...
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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...
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Social Media with a Side of Litigation

Remember Friendster? Maybe, maybe not. Social media has come a long way since 2002, and it is indisputably here to stay. And, as with anything which has such major impact on society, social media has also begun to become intertwined...
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The Slants’ Free Speech Victory Changes The Legal Landscape For Trademarks

It finally happened. In Matal v. Tam, the Supreme Court handed down a long-awaited decision on a major trademark case, and opened the floodgates for a lot more trademarks to be registered. In Matal, the defendant was the leader of...
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Protecting the Playas

History of the Players If you’ve heard of pop-phenomenon singer-songwriter TAYLOR SWIFT then you surely have heard of her song “Shake It Off” released back in 2014. The song is certified 9x platinum. Well, the anthem has caused some controversy...
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