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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?

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

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

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

What is Aereo? Why Should I Care?

What is Aereo? Why Should I Care?

Do you like to watch TV? Do you like paying high fees for your TV? Do you wish there was a better and cheaper way to access your favorite shows? If you answered YES to any of the above questions, keep reading because the Aereo decision is for you! (I perhaps should lay off 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

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

Who Says You Can’t Go Home?

This past weekend I had the pleasure of speaking at the Alabama Broadcasters Association’s annual convention.  And, while all of my speaking engagements are important, this one held a special place in my heart because of my history with the organization.  It was part learning, part instructional on my part and part homecoming. As some … Continue reading

Feature Friday – Bachelorette Season Finale

Feature Friday – Bachelorette Season Finale

When I am not reading or writing about intellectual property issues, my guilty pleasure is reality television.  There is something about it that pulls me in.  In college I was a faithful follower of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette series on ABC.  Graduating from undergrad, life, law school and being newly married, unfortunately, curbed me … Continue reading

How to Earn 2.5 Million YouTube Views

Apparently I was not the only that wanted to question what is and is not allowed via the medium of video. To recap, check out my post from last week – Explict Sex Coming to a T.V. Near You. After thinking about my post last week, news of Justin Timberlake’s latest music video and the … Continue reading