Taylor Swift & The Master Revolution

Taylor Swift & the Master Revolution

By McKenna McAreavy, Saint Louis University School of Law Whether expressing her sentiments through her music or through public statements, Taylor Swift has never been one to hold back her viewpoint when she feels disrespected. This has become increasingly apparent in recent years, when Swift has clashed head on with individuals from the music industry. The most recent controversy came…

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Memes Are Everywhere

Memes Are Everywhere

By Kat Grant, St. Louis University School of Law Memes are everywhere. They are an inescapable aspect of pop culture. But have you ever wondered if a meme is copyrighted, or made a meme and thought can I copyright this? Well, the short answer is it depends. What Are Memes? A meme can be any image or series of images…

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A Legal Guide To Fonts & Typefaces: Bet You Didn’t Think This Could Be Important!

A Legal Guide to Fonts & Typefaces: Bet You Didn’t Think This Could Be Important!

By Helena Guye, University of Missouri School of Law Before we begin, it is important to set out some definitions. While it is fairly common for people to use the terms “font” and “typeface” interchangeably, distinctions should be noted: A font is the underlying computer program that controls how a collection of characters and numbers (sometimes called glyphs) is displayed. A…

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The Transformation Of Mechanical Music Licenses

The Transformation of Mechanical Music Licenses

By McKenna McAreavy, St. Louis University School of Law Technology makes it easier than ever for listeners to consume music, but on the flipside, it has greatly complicated how creatives behind the music are paid. Though live performances are still going strong, the straightforward act of buying music has largely become a thing of the past. Recent music streaming apps such…

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The Clock Is Ticking! The Supreme Court Reaffirms Importance Of Early Copyright Registration

The Clock is Ticking! The Supreme Court Reaffirms Importance of Early Copyright Registration

By Helena Guye, University of Missouri School of Law While perhaps not its most controversial recent decision, the United States Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that will have a notable impact on prospective copyright holders. The unanimous ruling inFourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v. Wall-Street.com, published in March 2019, ultimately holds that before an individual or entity can bring a lawsuit…

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Nonprofit Board Service Ethics

Nonprofit Board Service Ethics

Wednesday, May 15 at 4:00 PM at Armstrong Teasdale, 7700 Forsyth 2.0 Hours of Missouri CLE or CPE Ethics Credit Our lively discussion will use “ripped from the headlines” examples to examine some of the hard choices board members face when carrying out their oversight responsibilities, including: clarifying roles, conflict of interest, D&O insurance and statutory protection for board service,…

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VLAA Moving Into The High Low In Grand Center

VLAA Moving Into The High Low In Grand Center

We're pleased to announce that we'll be moving into the High Low, The Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s new literary arts venue in Grand Center. The renovated 2-story building, 3301 Washington, will open this summer. It will include office suites, workspaces for writers, a cafe, library, event space and gallery. “We couldn’t be more excited,” said VLAA Executive Director Sue Greenberg. “Our…

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Get in Character and Support VLAA

VLAA Co-founder Marvin J. Nodiff is selling naming rights to characters in his forthcoming whodunit, The Pinball Lawyer. Money raised from the sale will support VLAA. If you'd like to have your name, or the name of a loved one (including a pet), immortalized in his novel, please make a $150 donation no later than March 20. You’ll be thanked…

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