Might Donald The “Champion” Be Trumped Under IP Law?

Might Donald the “Champion” be Trumped Under IP Law?

It was the first night of the Republican National Convention and music played throughout the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The song was “We Are the Champions” by Queen, and it was playing in the background as the then-presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, emerged from a blinding white light onto the main stage. One can easily imagine The Donald demanding…

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Plagiarism Is Not Funny At All

Plagiarism Is Not Funny at All

Recently, Conan O’ Brien had an on-air conversation with a famous Chinese show host, Da Peng, after the latter’s online show was found to have totally ripped off the Conan show’s opening animation. O’Brien made a side-by-side comparison on his show demonstrating how Da Peng’s program “uses” his opening. He emphasized: “We are not making this up, this is absolutely…

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Lawn And Disorder: Neighbors Held Captive By Art

Lawn and Disorder: Neighbors Held Captive by Art

The late Elie Weisel, who dedicated himself to perpetuating the memory of Holocaust victims, once wrote: “For the survivor who chooses to testify, it is clear: his duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living.” For the residents of one St. Louis suburb, forgetting is impossible, thanks to their neighbor, Lewis Greenberg, an eccentric septuagenarian and…

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Fan Fiction: The New Frontier

Fan Fiction: The New Frontier

Fan Fiction: the creation of new works based on previously published works to which the secondary creator has no rights. Often a continuation of the original plot line, explorations of what the original might have looked like if elements within it were changed, or the placement of characters or concepts from the original work into new settings with new plot…

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“Trumping” DMCA Takedown Demands

“Trumping” DMCA Takedown Demands

Ever posted your original works of art to your social media page? If so—Did your art depict a famous individual in a controversial way, and is someone else now claiming that you used his/her original art to create your art? If you answered yes to all three questions, or are just absolutely intrigued as to where this is going, then…

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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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