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Fair Use in the Digital Age – Authors Guild v. Google Books

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  • June 06, 2018
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Authors Guild v. Google Books is a seminal decision regarding application of the fair use doctrine in the digital age. Starting in 2004, Google began building a vast, publicly available digital library, comprised of scanned and digitized copies of...

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How The Hurt Locker Case Put Life Rights in the Spotlight

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  • June 06, 2018
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In March of 2010, Master Sgt. Jeffrey S. Sarver sued the makers of the film The Hurt Locker, alleging the movie was based on his life without his consent, thus misappropriating his likeness, infringing his rights of publicity, and...

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Intellectual Property Copyright

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  • October 26, 2012
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What is Copyright? Federal Law Governing Copyright Copyright is a form of protection provided by federal law that gives authors of “original works of authorship” certain exclusive rights in those works. Congress derives its power to regulate copyrights from...

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Copyright Notice and Protection

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  • October 25, 2012
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U.S. copyright laws give protection to authors and artists for “original works of authorship.” Such works include literary and dramatic works, music, choreography, paintings, sculpture, sound recordings, and movies. The copyright holder has the exclusive right to take certain...

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Fair Use and Other Exceptions to the Enforcement of Copyright Law

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  • October 24, 2012
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Exceptions to Enforcement of Copyright Law Copyright protection in the U.S. has existed since the formation of the Constitution, and coverage has continually been expanded to keep pace with new technology and other developments, such as copyrights for sound...

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The Changing Face of Fair Use

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  • October 23, 2012
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Fair use is a principle of copyright grounded in the idea that the public is entitled to use excerpts of copyrighted materials without permission in the publishing of commentary and criticism.  Absent such permission, copyright owners would be completely...

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Copyright Protection for Your Websites and Blogs

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  • October 23, 2012
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For creators of original content on the internet protection under law can feel inadequate for their electronic intellectual property. Because the web is open, pervasive, and information is so easily copied, plagiarism, copyright infringement and unauthorized reproduction are rife....

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Legal Considerations For Option/Purchase Of Life Rights

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  • October 18, 2012
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No one owns their life story. Personal facts, historical events, names, ideas and themes cannot be copyrighted. So, for a producer wanting to tell the story, in any medium, of someone either living or dead, it is not necessary...

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Your Websites Terms and Conditions

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  • October 18, 2012
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If you have established a web presence with your own site you face the issue of  posting Terms and Conditions appropriate to your content. You will need some kind of protective language, but what kind of language and how...

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Why Attorneys Want You To Have Contracts

All attorneys want clients —- and all attorney want their clients to have contracts.  While the good contract sets out the who, what, where, how, and how long, it also provides for what do you do if the what,...

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