Copy Cats: Copyright Infringement Explained

Copy Cats: Copyright Infringement Explained

By Jonnae Miller Juris Doctor Candidate 2021, Southern University Law Center Would you steal a car? Handbag? Television? Or a DVD? These are questions posed in a 47-second anti-piracy ad that was created to discourage illegal downloading and purchasing of illegally downloaded movies. Piracy is a form of copyright infringement. Copyright infringement occurs when an individual substantially copies someone else’s…

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Election Year Warning From The IRS

Election Year Warning From the IRS

As the presidential election approaches, don't let your enthusiasm jeopardize your arts organization's tax-exempt status. Be aware that 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to candidates for public office. The prohibition applies to campaigns at the federal, state and local level. Violation of this prohibition could result in…

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Social Influencers: Short And Simple Legal Considerations

Social Influencers: Short and Simple Legal Considerations

By Spenser Jaenichen Juris Doctor Candidate 2022, University of Illinois College of Law Starting in 2010, hundreds of thousands of everyday individuals gained the opportunity to become self-proclaimed creatives through photography, modeling, designing, painting, performing, and many other forms of art through the development of a single app: Instagram. Some influencers not only limited themselves to Instagram alone, and instead…

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Politics, Presidents, And Playlists

Politics, Presidents, and Playlists

By Alec Williams Juris Doctor Candidate 2022, Georgetown University Law Center Since the countercultural movements of the 1960s, pop musicians have nurtured an important bond with politics. As songs like A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan and Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud by James Brown surged in mainstream popularity, the unity between sociopolitical issues and…

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Re-Opening Plan Guidance

Re-Opening Plan Guidance

November 2021 Update To re-open safely, many venues are requiring everyone attending indoor performances and events, including patrons, artists, staff, and volunteers, to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test. Additionally, patrons are required to wear approved face coverings, including while seated during performances unless eating or drinking. St. Louis City Covid-19 Data St. Louis…

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Rethinking The Museum “Public”

Rethinking the Museum “Public”

By Elaine Kim Washington University Candidate for Bachelor of Arts 2021 In the history of visual arts, museums have played a fundamental role in validating artists and artistic movements. While in recent years artists have utilized the Internet and social media to gain exposure and popularity, there is no denying that the art world remains dominated by an elite community…

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How To File A DMCA Takedown Notice…and Fight It Back Against One

How to File a DMCA Takedown Notice…and Fight it Back Against One

By Nan Shen Saint Louis University School of Law Juris Doctor Candidate, 2021 Copyright rights exist once an original work of authorship has been fixed in any tangible medium. For the majority of original works, the creative standard can be easily satisfied. For example, once a person uploads a photo, it's automatically copyrighted, and another's unauthorized "borrowing" and reposting of…

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We Need To Talk About Unauthorized Trademark Use

We need to talk about unauthorized trademark use

By Lucy Soyinka Washington University School of Law Juris Doctor Candidate, 2021 A trademark is legally defined as any word, name, symbol, phrase, or any combination thereof used to identify a particular manufacturer or seller’s products and distinguish them from the products of another. Basically, a trademark protects brand names and logos used in connection with goods and services by…

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What Is A Force Majeure Clause?

What is a Force Majeure Clause?

No Worries, We Got You Covered! By Nan Shen Saint Louis University School of Law Juris Doctor Candidate, 2021 The coronavirus pandemic significantly affects every individual, family, and business. Needless to say, this disaster has also influenced many existing contracts either by delays or cancellations, including significant agreements requiring traveling and performing. The pandemic has also stifled numerous transactions, and…

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