“Trumping” DMCA Takedown Demands

“Trumping” DMCA Takedown Demands

Ever posted your original works of art to your social media page? If so—Did your art depict a famous individual in a controversial way, and is someone else now claiming that you used his/her original art to create your art? If you answered yes to all three questions, or are just absolutely intrigued as to where this is going, then…

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First-Sale Doctrine Applies To Textbooks, Wherever Made

First-Sale Doctrine Applies to Textbooks, Wherever Made

Does the Copyright Act allow consumers to benefit from purchasing copyrighted works that are acquired abroad by third parties at a lower price and are then resold in the United States?  I am an LLM student from China, and when I firstly bought textbooks in the United States, I was shocked by the high price. I complained to my friend,…

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Guerilla Art Never Left And It Never Will

Guerilla Art Never Left and it Never Will

  On April 5, 2016, NPR did a story in Chicago about a (then mysterious) artist who, under cover of darkness, patched a few holes in a brick building using Legos. The artist did not sign his/her work and did not take credit for it.  The city was left to wonder who was responsible. The Legos, laid out in the…

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IN ____ WE TRUST: Art, Currency And Drones

IN ____ WE TRUST: Art, Currency and Drones

  Pssst! If you stop and look very, very carefully, you might be able to see them. They silently hover over parts unknown. Only a few cases report their existence. And, like UFO spotters, their victims warn to avoid their crosshairs. If not, your art may be confiscated. Who are they? Vaguely written laws. To be specific, federal counterfeit laws.…

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