NFTs And The Artists’ Rights

NFTs and the Artists’ Rights

By Katherine Smothers Saint Louis University School of Law Juris Doctorate Candidate, 2024 Many people when they hear the term “NFT'' think of different types of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin but that is not what an NFT is. An NFT is a nonfungible token, unlike cryptocurrencies, which are fungible tokens or currency like money that are exchangeable. NFTs are simply…

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What’s Yours Is Mine: Copyright Protection And The Public Domain

What’s Yours is Mine: Copyright Protection and the Public Domain

By Jonnae Miller Southern University Law Center Juris Doctor, 2021 Among many things, New Year’s celebrations symbolize taking inspiration from our past mistakes and accomplishments to enhance our future selves. Around the globe, individuals celebrate the coming of New Year’s Day as the clock strikes midnight with a countdown, fireworks, and oftentimes a short-lived New Year’s resolution. Similarly, many authors…

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Alter E-gos: A Legal Look At Video Game Dopplegängers

Alter E-gos: A Legal Look at Video Game Dopplegängers

By Sarah Horstmanshof Saint Louis University School of Law Juris Doctor Candidate, 2023 "Above all, video games are meant to just be one thing: Fun for everyone." — Satoru Iwata, late CEO of Nintendo It has often been said that imitation is the highest form of flattery, but in the gaming legal arena, the lines between harmless emulation and shameless…

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How Ethical Is The Smithsonian’s Ethical Returns Policy?

How Ethical is the Smithsonian’s Ethical Returns Policy?

By Monica Thompson Saint Louis University School of Law Juris Doctorate Candidate, 2024 The Smithsonian Institution has adopted a new ethical returns policy in order to adapt to the changing morals, ethics, and legal practices surrounding cultural heritage. In the past, museums have fought to keep artifacts, artworks, and cultural objects in order to educate the public, protect acquisitions, and…

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If The Hue Fits: The Intellectual Protection Of Color

If the Hue Fits: The Intellectual Protection of Color

By Kallee M. Hooley University of Iowa College of Iowa Juris Doctor Candidate, 2024 Can you tell the difference between Reese’s orange and Home Depot orange? Or the difference between Louboutin red and Coca-Cola red? Do the differences matter? Turns out, they may. Corporations are diligent in protecting their intellectual property, and rightfully so. Trademark, copyright, and patent applications are…

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The Smart Copyright Act May Not Be So “Smart”

The Smart Copyright Act May Not Be So “Smart”

By Katharine A. Buescher J.D. Candidate 2024 Saint Louis University School of Law What started out as a way to create a healthier Internet for rights owners may become a way for police officers to take advantage of a law to avoid taking responsibility for their actions on the job. U.S. Senators Thom Tillis and Pat Leathy recently introduced the…

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Do Androids Paint Electric Sheep?

Do Androids Paint Electric Sheep?

By Jackson R. Hughes Saint Louis University School of Law Juris Doctor Candidate, 2024 Dying, desperate, and likely afraid, the huge robotic arm frantically struggles to recapture and repurpose the life-sustaining fluid rapidly draining from its body. Can’t Help Myself (Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, 2016) is a visceral reminder of authoritarian globalism and the often-deadly result of hardcore physical…

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Disney’s “Special” Copyright Protection

Disney’s “Special” Copyright Protection

By Mariah Zollinger Saint Louis University School of Law Juris Doctor Candidate, 2023 Some lawmakers, specifically Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, have been taking notice of large companies seemingly benefiting more from copyright protection than smaller businesses and individuals. Some would say that this has to do with the fact that Hollywood has lawmakers and even the Copyright Office in…

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