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CLE Course: Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll – How Modern Lifestyle Industries Push the Limits of IP Law

Can a rock band named the “Slants” get a trademark on their band name? Can Apple get a patent for a device that can be used to vaporize marijuana? Does the owner of a “tube” website featuring adult content get immunity from user uploaded videos under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)? While most of us have a basic understanding of copyright,…

CLE Course on Publishing & Writing Law

While the Internet and digital technologies have wreaked havoc on copyright & Intellectual Property law the last decade, many of the same fundamental legal principles continue to apply to publishing industry and writers. At the end of the day, attorneys still need to help writers to make money from the works that they create. This requires the attorney to see down the…

Pinterest Spawns Copyright Issues

First there was MySpace.  Then there was Facebook and Twitter.   And then came Google+.  Now Pinterest is “the next big thing” in social media – but it may go the way of Napster soon. Here is an excerpt of a statement that Pinterest sent the Wall Street Journal:[1] The protection of copyrighted content is by no means unique to Pinterest — virtually…

New Free Music Site – 5 Years Too Late?

After just completing a text course detailing the entertainment industry’s battle against online piracy, I was pretty surprised to wake up this morning to find this one: FreeAllMusic Strikes Deal With EMI For Ad-Supported Downloads. Finally a common sense approach (indeed it’s almost the Hulu model for music) to the illegal downloading of music! We all knew that the digital revolution was…