Posted in March 2014

How Long Does a Copyright Last?

How Long Does a Copyright Last?

A few months back, I told you all about the copyright lawsuit over the song Happy Birthday in the post Happy Day for Good Morning to You Productions.  In case you’re wondering, it’s still going on.  <Sigh!>  That’s the thing with these intellectual property lawsuits – you might win, you might be successful and you may … Continue reading

What’s the Value in a State Issued Trademark?

What’s the Value in a State Issued Trademark?

The Mississippi Secretary of State tweeted the following this week: Mississippi  SOS (@MississippiSOS) 3/19/14, 4:38 PM MS was recognized by the International Trademarks Association for having the most progressive trademark laws nationwide. #WhyMSBusiness While any recognition is great, my initial reaction when I read the tweet was “Who cares?” My second thought was “Why would a business register … Continue reading

Does Notice & Takedown for Copyrighted Material Work?

Does Notice & Takedown for Copyrighted Material Work?

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet continued the conversation about copyright reform. The subject yesterday was on Section 512 of Title 17, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) notice and takedown provisions.  The hearing yesterday was to discuss the concerns and continue the conversation about what is and what is not … Continue reading

Making Money from Your Smartphone

Making Money from Your Smartphone

We have all heard the saying about a photo being worth a thousand words. What if that same photo was worth $1,000 or $4,000 or maybe more? I am talking actual dollars payable to you. The creators of the new app Foap created a stock photo royalty free platform to take smartphone photos, captured by … Continue reading