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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The Rolling Stones (Got Some) Satisfaction

The Rolling Stones (Got Some) Satisfaction

By Alec Williams Juris Doctor Candidate 2022 Georgetown University Law Center The Rolling Stones are undoubtedly one of the most prolific bands of all time. From Paint It Black to Sympathy for the Devil, the Rolling Stones fostered a musical style that embodied fundamental elements of the 1960s soundscape. However, the Rolling Stones garnered nearly as much infamy off-stage as…

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How Can Small Fashion Entrepreneurs Seek IP Protection?

How can small fashion entrepreneurs seek IP protection?

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” — Coco Chanel By Nan Shen Saint Louis University School of Law Juris Doctor Candidate, 2021 The fashion industry is a serious business. Cumulative data compiled within the Fashion and Apparel Industry Report paints a portrait with worldwide revenue expected to rise from $481.2 billion in 2018 to $712.9 billion…

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CASE Act: Something Is Better Than Nothing At All

CASE Act: Something Is Better Than Nothing At All

A proposal for a cheaper and easier alternative to resolve disputes for small copyright claims By Lucy Soyinka Washington University School of Law Juris Doctor Candidate, 2021 Arguably everybody agrees that the U.S. legal system can be very expensive. Artists who want to enforce their copyright rights against infringers may not have the resources to do so, or the cost-benefit…

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Proposed Missouri House Bill Threatens Libraries

Proposed Missouri House Bill Threatens Libraries

By Lucy Soyinka Washington University School of Law Juris Doctor Candidate, 2021 From the novel Fahrenheit 451 or even from the movie Footloose, we are aware of the dangers of censorship. If you were to say that we as a society in the US, have moved passed trying to ban books; you would be wrong. Missouri House Bill 2044 proposes…

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Taylor Swift & The Master Revolution

Taylor Swift & the Master Revolution

By McKenna McAreavy, Saint Louis University School of Law Whether expressing her sentiments through her music or through public statements, Taylor Swift has never been one to hold back her viewpoint when she feels disrespected. This has become increasingly apparent in recent years, when Swift has clashed head on with individuals from the music industry. The most recent controversy came…

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Memes Are Everywhere

Memes Are Everywhere

By Kat Grant, St. Louis University School of Law Memes are everywhere. They are an inescapable aspect of pop culture. But have you ever wondered if a meme is copyrighted, or made a meme and thought can I copyright this? Well, the short answer is it depends. What Are Memes? A meme can be any image or series of images…

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A Legal Guide To Fonts & Typefaces: Bet You Didn’t Think This Could Be Important!

A Legal Guide to Fonts & Typefaces: Bet You Didn’t Think This Could Be Important!

By Helena Guye, University of Missouri School of Law Before we begin, it is important to set out some definitions. While it is fairly common for people to use the terms “font” and “typeface” interchangeably, distinctions should be noted: A font is the underlying computer program that controls how a collection of characters and numbers (sometimes called glyphs) is displayed. A…

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The Transformation Of Mechanical Music Licenses

The Transformation of Mechanical Music Licenses

By McKenna McAreavy, St. Louis University School of Law Technology makes it easier than ever for listeners to consume music, but on the flipside, it has greatly complicated how creatives behind the music are paid. Though live performances are still going strong, the straightforward act of buying music has largely become a thing of the past. Recent music streaming apps such…

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The Clock Is Ticking! The Supreme Court Reaffirms Importance Of Early Copyright Registration

The Clock is Ticking! The Supreme Court Reaffirms Importance of Early Copyright Registration

By Helena Guye, University of Missouri School of Law While perhaps not its most controversial recent decision, the United States Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that will have a notable impact on prospective copyright holders. The unanimous ruling inFourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v. Wall-Street.com, published in March 2019, ultimately holds that before an individual or entity can bring a lawsuit…

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