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Growing the Economy in Mississippi’s Creative Economy

Growing the Economy in Mississippi’s Creative Economy

The creative economy should not be about simply adding to the body of creative work, but should truly be a discussion on how creativity adds to an overall economy. Without the intellectual property component the “economy” part of creative economy will grow slowly and never contribute significantly to the bottom line overall. Intellectual property is YOUR fortune, but it is also a state’s economic fortune. Continue reading

Copyright Law In The Classroom – Part 2

A few weeks ago, I started discussing the very interesting question of the use of resources in the classroom subject to protection under copyright and trademark law. I thought it was interesting because one of the common urban myths I hear all the time is that if the materials are being used to educate, then fair … Continue reading

This Sick Trademarked Beat

I know. We ALL love Taylor Swift. Whether you really love her or you love to hate her, the truth is what she does in media and music gets attention. And, I love when stuff like this happens. My Twitter feed and phone blew up yesterday when the news story was released that Taylor had, … Continue reading

Baby, Can I Trademark that Name?

Baby, Can I Trademark that Name?

I have a LOT of friends with soon-to-be or just had newly hatched babies.  It does not make me an expert on anything more than picking out a great present, but I have learned one big thing.  Moms and Dads want originality in their baby name.  They do not want to spend hours laboring (pardon the pun) in … Continue reading

A Facebook New Year’s Resolution

A Facebook New Year’s Resolution

I have a resolution for you that will be easy to keep. I’ll give you a hint. You can spend a lot of time with it. It shows up about every 4 to 6 weeks. You always preface your actions by saying “better safe than sorry” or “I wasn’t sure, so I want to be … Continue reading

Top 10 Countdown of 2014

Top 10 Countdown of 2014

My long time readers and friends know this girl loves a countdown show.  So, why should my blog be any different? This year, visitors from 88 countries visited this site! Some found their way by Twitter others from searching for United States copyright and trademark law.  I continue to be blown away by the sharing and input you … Continue reading

NFL Parody or Copyright Infringement?

I am all about sharing ideas, borrowing from other concepts to create something new or winking at something inspirational to your own work. All of that is okay and is actually encouraged by the Copyright Act under the fair use defense, the idea of derivative works and the idea of transformative works. However, copying of copyrightable … Continue reading

Truth in Alcohol Advertising

A really fun part of my day job is I get the opportunity to review copy related to underwriting spots and promotional material. Broadcasting rules and regulations, like any area of the law, are forever evolving. As you can imagine, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission, for my non-broadcast readers) can be blamed for regulating a … Continue reading

How to Find & Hire an Intellectual Property Attorney

How to Find & Hire an Intellectual Property Attorney

Each year the National Association of Broadcasters selects a small group of people to take part in their year-long Broadcast Leadership Training program. Participants travel to Washington D.C. one weekend a month for a year to learn the ins and outs of media management and ownership. Topics include everything from engineering to valuing properties to … Continue reading

I Died and Went to Trademark Heaven

I Died and Went to Trademark Heaven

I died and went to trademark heaven. The walls were lined with red. There was distinctive cursive writing everywhere. Curvy bottles to reinforce memories from long ago buried in our head. The House of Saucier took a trip this past week to Atlanta. The Hubs and I had separately visited the World of Coca-Cola museum … Continue reading