Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (VARA)

Graffiti Earns Millions A staple of the New York City Skyline – well, maybe just an old warehouse building in Long Island City is torn down. Why does that matter – well the building featured graffiti art from hundreds of artists from all over the world representing over twenty years of artistic expression! All this...
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Drake Plays Fair (Use)

Although the music industry is always evolving with new music being created, many artists will look back to music of the past and incorporate it in their new works. Many artists, particularly in hip-hop and electronic often use pieces of music from older songs to reinvent them in their new songs. Whether this is...
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Don’t do the Crime if you Can’t Pay the Ten Billion Dimes

On Thursday December 19th, 2019, Cox Communications, Inc. (“Cox Communications”) was found liable for copyright infringement of over 10,000 recordings and compositions. Each individual infringement will cost them over $99,000 adding up to a one-billion-dollar verdict. Yes, that is $1,000,000,000.   The Lawsuit Itself This suit was brought by 53 music companies including...
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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 over the years. Swift is the author of the song and...
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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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