Who Owns Your Skin?

Who Owns Your Skin?

By Talia A. Lubin The University of California, Hastings College of the Law Juris Doctor Candidate, 2022 Does your skin belong to you? Most people would likely respond to that question with an emphatic, of course! But suppose another person's original artwork is inked under your skin so that it becomes a part of your physical body. Does that piece…

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An Artist’s Guide To Protecting Art On Social Media

An Artist’s Guide to Protecting Art on Social Media

By Heather Regnier University of Colorado School of Law Juris Doctorate Candidate 2024 Hard work, time, money, and pride are the basic elements each artist puts into his or her creations. It is only natural for artists to feel the need to share their works with the world. Nowadays, social media is a nesting ground for artists to publish their…

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The Slavish Copy: Legal Repercussions Of Art Reproduction

The Slavish Copy: Legal Repercussions of Art Reproduction

By John-Charles Ward Washington University School of Law Juris Doctor Candidate 2023. At what point does a work of art — a photograph is a good example — move from being a copyrightable original work to an uncopyrightable slavish copy? What should we consider when making this decision? For the law at least, the hallmark of a copyrightable work is…

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Big Change For Small Claims

Big Change for Small Claims

By John-Charles Ward Washington University Law School Juris Doctor Candidate 2023 On December 21, 2020, Congress passed the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act, or the CASE Act, as part of the Omnibus COVID-19 Relief bill. This was an event 10 years in the making. The CASE Act was a legislative priority for many small creators such as Instagram influencers,…

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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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