Are Patent Trolls As Bad As They Seem?

Are Patent Trolls as Bad as they Seem?

Patent Trolls or Non Practicing Entities (NPE) are companies which own patents but do not use them to create products. Instead, NPE’s license patents to other developers. NPE’s have come to be known as “patent trolls” due to the large amount of litigation they create and their ability to profit solely off the ownership of intellectual property. These companies as…

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New York Senate Protects Art Authenticators With New Bill

New York Senate Protects Art Authenticators with New Bill

The New York State Senate recently approved a bill on June 15th to protect art authenticators from unfounded litigation. The bill amends the New York Art and Cultural Affairs Law and limits the liability of art authenticators and appraisers. The bill, which attempts to remedy the recent trend of high cost litigation towards authenticators, is a good first step to…

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Local Designer Stands Up To Corporate Giant

Local Designer Stands up to Corporate Giant

Powerful corporations often think they can take advantage of small business owners with no repercussions – Melissa Lay proves otherwise. It takes a lot of courage for a small business owner to stand up to a corporate giant in any business setting. Melissa Lay, an Oregon designer, did just that when she claimed Target copied one of the graphic designs…

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Return Nazi Art To Jewish Decedents

Return Nazi Art to Jewish Decedents

Federal Judge Declines Order to Return Nazi Art to Jewish Decedents Recently, Judge John F. Walter, a federal judge in Los Angeles, declined an order to return an Impressionist painting, that Jewish relatives say was sold to a Nazi art appraiser in 1939, against the will of its owner.  The painting, “Rue Saint-Honoré, Après-midi, Effet de Pluie,” by Pissasarro, was…

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Taylor Swift Fights For Royalty Rights

Taylor Swift Fights for Royalty Rights

As one of the most influential members of the music industry, Swift continues to battle the music streaming revolution and fights for artists’ royalty rights. Taylor Swift – artists either love or hate her, but as of late they must certainly respect her.  The multi-platinum artist took it upon herself to stand up to the corporate giant that is Apple…

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Band Partnership Agreements

Band Partnership Agreements

Avoiding Turmoil within the Band: Band Partnership Agreements No band wishes to argue amongst themselves about the expectations each of the band members hold. How committed are the band members? Are your bandmates truly serious about acting together professionally for the furtherance of the band? How will the bandmembers divide up the credit for your music? Who is in charge…

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Music Sampling Cases Of The 90s

Music Sampling Cases of the 90s

Learn from famous musicians’ sampling mistakes by always crediting your samples. We are constantly being told to learn from the past, and I am writing this post to give musicians a chance to do just that. The following cases of the early 90s serve as a snapshot into the ways that copyright issues such as music sampling affected popular musicians…

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Is Florida Overstepping Privacy?

Is Florida Overstepping Privacy?

Is Florida Overstepping Privacy to Prevent Piracy? Starting July 1st Florida’s recently passed, “True Origin of Digital Goods Act” goes into effect. The passage of this act adds to the general discussion we are having as a nation about internet privacy and security. Specifically, we must ask to what extent are we willing to go to stop internet music piracy?…

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Plagiarism: Just Don’t Do It!

Plagiarism: Just Don’t Do It!

Be careful what you say in public, are your words really your words? If not, you may be exposed to a lawsuit for intellectual theft. Plagiarism is the act of using the words or ideas of another and passing them off as your own.  Give credit when credit is due, it will save you a lot of hassle. Plagiarism is…

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“Blurred Lines” Vs. “Got To Give It Up”

“Blurred Lines” Vs. “Got To Give It Up”

The Legal Battle Over Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” As it stands, the legal decision reached in the battle over Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” could potentially open the floodgates for copyright infringement suit. Just months ago, the legal battle between the writers of the hit song “Blurred Lines” and Marvin Gaye’s family was finally put to rest. This suit, which ultimately…

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