First-Sale Doctrine Applies To Textbooks, Wherever Made

First-Sale Doctrine Applies to Textbooks, Wherever Made

Does the Copyright Act allow consumers to benefit from purchasing copyrighted works that are acquired abroad by third parties at a lower price and are then resold in the United States?  I am an LLM student from China, and when I firstly bought textbooks in the United States, I was shocked by the high price. I complained to my friend,…

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Guerilla Art Never Left And It Never Will

Guerilla Art Never Left and it Never Will

  On April 5, 2016, NPR did a story in Chicago about a (then mysterious) artist who, under cover of darkness, patched a few holes in a brick building using Legos. The artist did not sign his/her work and did not take credit for it.  The city was left to wonder who was responsible. The Legos, laid out in the…

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IN ____ WE TRUST: Art, Currency And Drones

IN ____ WE TRUST: Art, Currency and Drones

  Pssst! If you stop and look very, very carefully, you might be able to see them. They silently hover over parts unknown. Only a few cases report their existence. And, like UFO spotters, their victims warn to avoid their crosshairs. If not, your art may be confiscated. Who are they? Vaguely written laws. To be specific, federal counterfeit laws.…

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Death Sentence

Saudi Arabian Band Forced Underground by Hellish Saudi Arabian Laws This past fourth of July I celebrated by floating on the Lake of the Ozarks, drinking beer, and listening to music. Most radio stations play classics for the Fourth; I had the Ipod blaring metal. Nothing too much, just some good old fashion Big Four. It got me thinking on how great…

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Can Etsy Users Protect Their Art?

Can Etsy Users Protect Their Art?

Copyright infringement has become a hot topic of concern for Etsy users who display their artwork for all to see. Esty has become the go-to online platform for artists and crafters to display and sell their products. However, displaying your creation so pubically comes with its risks. It is very easy for members to become frustrated by those who simply…

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What The Frap: The Blending Of Stealing And Appropriation

What the Frap: The Blending of Stealing and Appropriation

There is a lawsuit brewing against Starbucks. Internationally regarded Brooklyn street artist and muralist Maya Hayuk is suing the coffee giant for stealing her brightly colored, kaleidoscopic artwork. And this isn’t the first time she is taking legal against a large corporation on fair use grounds. Maya Hayuk’s vibrant, geometric work allegedly caught Starbuck’s attention last fall. According to Hayuk’s…

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The Basics Of Copyright

The Basics of Copyright

What is a Copyright?             Here on our law student blog we often talk about copyrights and intellectual property, and I thought it might help to write a quick summary of what a copyright actually is. A copyright exists when a band or any other artist creates a physical copy of their work. So when a band writes down their…

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Republicans Run Afoul Artists

Republicans Run Afoul Artists

Donald Trump decided to run for president and his entrance was truly gaudy. As he rode the escalator down to speak at the podium, Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” played in the background. Neil Young immediately told Trump and media sources to quit rockin’ in the free world. Trump, unlike most politicians bought the necessary rights and paid…

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Vandalism Charge From Renowned Street Artist

Vandalism Charge from Renowned Street Artist

Shepard Fairey was commissioned to paint an 18-story mural in Detroit but he may have left his mark on more buildings than the city bargained for and police are now investigating. Most know Shepard Fairey by his iconic “HOPE” campaign poster for President Obama. A warrant for the famous street artist’s arrest was filed in 36th District Court last Friday.…

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For Your Enhanced Listening

For Your Enhanced Listening

Legal Issues for Using Music in Torture The United States’ use of “enhanced interrogations” has been in the news lately. Many Americans don’t know that music is an integral part of the governments torture protocol. A wide range of copyrighted songs have been used by the US Military, CIA, and other government groups including children’s theme songs, cat food themes,…

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