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All I Am Saying is Give Girls a Chance

The screens were big. The stars were glamorous. The stories were outrageous. My childhood was a place where frogs could talk and sing, pixie dust could solve most any problem (including gravity) and if I could dream it, then I could do it. Before it was hip to instill self-esteem, my parents were leading the … 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

How to Host an Intellectual Property Celebration!

Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? Next week is packed full of intellectual property milestones, including a U.S. Supreme Court argument, World IP Day and a milestone for me! It’s pretty much my inner-nerd’s Christmas morning, birthday and Spring Break all rolled into one. First, there will be a U.S. Supreme … Continue reading

The Beauty and the Beast of Copyright Law

The Beauty and the Beast of Copyright Law

If you have taken time to read my ABOUT section, then you know one of my favorite hobbies is watching Saturday Night Live. Some casts are better than others, some skits are more memorable than others and some characters are funnier than others. Regardless of the year, the American history and social norms it seems … 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

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

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

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

Disney Explaining Copyright Law this Christmas

Disney Explaining Copyright Law this Christmas

Imagine if you will – one of the greatest actors of our time playing one of the world’s most iconic creative figures coupled with the subject matter of the film centering around copyright law.  With all of those elements combined, you would have the mix for pretty much a perfect movie custom tailored to all … Continue reading

Pass the Intellectual Property Stuffing

Pass the Intellectual Property Stuffing

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I wanted to take this time to say THANK YOU to each of you.  We reached a milestone a few weeks ago in surpassing 1,000 subscribers!  It’s true; check it out to the right of your screen under “Don’t Miss an Update.”  My goal was, and still is, to … Continue reading