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Let’s Get Copyright Cookin’

Let’s Get Copyright Cookin’

I love Pinterest.  There is something productive feeling about creating your own mini-magazines showcasing your dream home, your ideal wedding or every tip you could find on treating your pets.  Let’s not forget the recipes.  When I am not talking about, reading or researching intellectual property issues, you can usually find me in the kitchen.  There is something therapeutic, … Continue reading

Feature Friday – Revisited

When StatuteofRyAnne.com first started, I featured an artist each week I really admired.  The genesis was because there is SO much talent and great creative projects coming out of the South.  Just look at the film Get On Up, the story of James Brown, recently released in theaters and filmed almost entirely in Mississippi.  Or, the #HappyMS short music collage film showcasing Mississippi’s … Continue reading

Words & Spelling Count in Copyright

Sometimes you read something so spot on that it must be shared.  If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say they wanted to “trademark” their song or get a “copyright” on their business name or that they do not need to license a photograph because it is “fair use,” I would be … Continue reading

Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n Roll and … Lawsuits?

A law professor of mine famously (or, infamously if you know who I’m talking about J) use to say “Everyone is friends until they are not” or “It’s not a problem until it is.” I always thought these phrases were really silly and served only as his way of explaining concepts, until I realized there … Continue reading

We Interrupt this Broadcast (Blog Post) …

“We interrupt this broadcast. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for …” I hope you have never heard those words. By virtue of growing up in the deep South, I have heard them too many times to count. It happened again this week, more than once this week.  While I have been so … Continue reading

Walking the Legal Tightrope in Film

Walking the Legal Tightrope in Film

This past week I have been busy preparing for a talk I am giving at Crossroads Film Festival in Jackson, Mississippi.  It is a great festival complete with good food, good music, great movies and wonderful southern hospitality.  For my film industry readers,  you should consider submitting your projects to this festival.  You can find out … Continue reading

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

And the Gold Statuette for Film Goes To …

And the Gold Statuette for Film Goes To …

I confessed in an earlier post about my lack of commitment to the more traditional competitive events surrounding sports in And The Grammy® Goes To. If the GRAMMYs® are my Super Bowl, then the Academy Awards® are my Olympics. They are this Sunday. Yippee! I especially get excited for this awards show because the entire … Continue reading

Going for Gold and Earning the Green

Going for Gold and Earning the Green

While we all anxiously await the return of Bob Costas (Seriously, love Matt Lauer, but Bob is where it’s at when it comes to Olympic commentating.  Can we all agree on that?), it got me thinking about the Olympic symbol, trademarks and who is really earning gold in Sochi 2014. The Olympic Charter, which is adopted by … Continue reading

Top 5 Tips for Licensing Film Content

You’ve finally done it.  You have financed, filmed and are busy finalizing your first independent film.  Congratulations! All that is left for you to do is finish the edit, license these few pesky photos and music and color correct. Then, you’ll be on your way next year to the Academy Awards.  Before you start writing … Continue reading

And The GRAMMY® Goes To …

And The GRAMMY® Goes To …

The National Championship game for college football – Which team is playing, again? The yearly rivalry game for a favorite college sports team – yawn.  Super Bowl – let’s be honest, this media loving gal is watching it for the commercials.  It’s true.  I’m an anomaly when it comes to sports.  Unlike most southern ladies, … Continue reading

Top 10 Countdown of 2013

Top 10 Countdown of 2013

I love a good countdown show.  Whether it is the Top 10 Biggest Celebrity Fashion Mistakes, Billboard Hot 100, I Love the 80s or my childhood weekly favorite of Casey Kasem’s Top 40, I absolutely have to know who is Number 1.  I blame all of this on too many Sunday afternoons with my hotpink … Continue reading