Top 5 Copyright & Trademark Stories of 2014 … So Far

Isn’t Fall such a reflective time?  Mississippi is just barely starting to get a glimpse with sometimes cooler temperatures earlier in the morning.  As we approach a new season, let’s revisit what has been the biggest copyright and trademark stories of 2014 … so far and according to what you all most read on Statute of RyAnne.

5.  Making Money From Your Smartphone

Who couldn’t use more money?  This posts examines how a new app called Foap has the ability to make those Instagram and selfie photos earn you some extra cash.

4.  Selfie Felt Around the World

As we rang in the New Year, I predicted the issue of celebrity and ownership rights would become even more of an issue in my post, Entertainment Law Predictions for 2014This post examines ownership rights and who owns the selfies in those famous celebrity group shots like the one Ellen DeGeneres took at this year’s Academy Awards.

3.  All I Am Saying is Give Girls a Chance

Women in leadership roles in media, film and music still make up a strikingly small percentage.  With the success of Disney’s hit Frozen with a female in the Director’s chair, I took the time to examine those percentages and am asking all media to just give girls a chance.

Walt and Mickey

2.  Beauty and The Beast of Copyright Law

Fair use is a beautiful thing.  But all things of beauty can have a negative side if misused.  Here I explain the caveat of how the doctrine of fair use is often misunderstood and misused, thus creating a beast of a situation.

And now the most read post of this year … so far is …

1.  What is Aereo?  Why Should I Care?

It was no surprise to me with the first copyright case at the United States Supreme Court in quite awhile that the most read post on Statute of RyAnne would be a post dealing with Aereo.  The post is the first of a two-part series where I explain the implications of the case and what each side felt was important.

So, there you have it – the most read cases and ideas in copyright and trademark law for 2014 … so far.  What do you think we’ll see as the weather starts to cool down and we drift into Fall?  Take part in the Comments section below and Stay Tuned In!

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