Fan Art: I’m Cool With It, But Is The Law?

Fan Art: I’m Cool With It, But Is the Law?

By Sabrina Siddiqui Rutgers Law School Juris Doctor Candidate 2021 Social media and other online content-sharing platforms have undisputedly broadened access to all kinds of content and bolstered both fan-based and independent discussion and creation. From original works such as stories on websites like FanFiction or Archive of Our Own to digital fan art of Marvel characters on Instagram or…

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It’s Not Unfair; It’s Transformative

It’s Not Unfair; It’s Transformative

By Sabrina Siddiqui Rutgers Law School Juris Doctor Candidate 2021 Laws on copyrights and trademarks are meant to protect the interests of those who have ownership of the rights to them. For example, someone who, without a license (read: permission), disseminates part of a film on an online forum could face legal consequences such as being liable for copyright infringement…

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Copy Who?

Copy Who?

By Jonnae Miller Juris Doctor Candidate 2021, Southern University Law Center From beautifully composing musical pieces, endlessly traveling the world for performances, and earning extensive studio fees, to making intimidating courtroom visits, life as a musician can be extremely rewarding, yet tough. Unfortunately, quarrels in the courtroom may be inevitable for those who experience copyright infringement of their works, but…

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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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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. Users began to inhabit various areas of the app and develop…

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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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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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