Tagged with Intellectual Property

Words & Spelling Count in Copyright

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

To Win a Mockingbird Lawsuit

To Win a Mockingbird Lawsuit

Several months ago I wrote about a southern tale gone awry.  The villain was the Monroe County Heritage Museum and the victim was Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird.  You can read the tale about the Monroe County Heritage Museum opposing Ms. Lee’s claim to the trademark registration in the phrase To Kill … 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

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

Using the King of Laws for Unlimited Money

Using the King of Laws for Unlimited Money

Who doesn’t want to make more money?  As you may have deduced by reading this blog, the main aspect of intellectual property I find most fascinating is the inability to never completely consume a creative work.  Unlike real estate, land, or natural resources – intellectual property can forever be divided, sub-divided and can never be … Continue reading

Copyright Razzle Dazzle

Copyright Razzle Dazzle

You know those people you meet and almost instantly just know that they’re going to set the world on fire?  That’s how I felt when I first met Laura Oldham.  She is an incredible singer with movie star beauty, funny, smart and an overall fantastic spirit.  I could not be more happy to witness her … Continue reading

My Secret Recipe

My Secret Recipe

Imagine a few weeks before Christmastime in the Duffie house – twinkling lights on the tree, the females start meticulously planning and coordinating the meals to celebrate this season and somewhere daddy T.D. is making more than one trip a week to Sam’s Club. There is not just one meal during the holiday season. Oh … Continue reading

More than a Shaker of Salt

More than a Shaker of Salt

A fellow lawyer friend who just might love music as much as I do (the jury is still out on whether that is true or not 🙂), shared with me an article about the song Margaritaville. The basis is that the song is quite possibly the most lucrative song in existence. The article went onto … 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