Representing artists and the arts can present attorneys with unique and intellectually intriguing questions. Five attorneys share their insights and advice for those looking to expand their practice or pro bono work to include artists or arts organizations.
Major revisions to the U.S. Copyright Act took effect in 1978, including a new right permitting authors to terminate assignments of their copyrights after 35 years. The year 2013 will be the first year in which such terminations can occur, with the ownership and control of many works of art from the late 70s now ripe to be recaptured by authors and their heirs.
Every fashion designer brings a unique perspective and fashion sense to her craft, but starting a fashion/design company is no different than starting any other business that derives value from creative content. The protection of fashion designers’ ideas in the context of copyrights and trademarks is examined.
Design patents took center stage in the battle between Apple and Samsung Electronics. This article examines the facts of the case and the implications of the jury’s verdict, offering insight into the future impact of the outcome.
Australia has gradually moved toward reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, but there is a clash between cultural laws regarding the protection and use of indigenous knowledge and expression and Australia’s modern intellectual property regime. After many years, the Australian government is reexamining the need for specific legislation to recognize these rights.
Havana Requiem is a literary adventure that delves into copyright termination rights against the backdrop of Cuba.
Estate planners must be aware of specific copyright issues to best serve their clients. This article addresses three important issues to be considered.
The key provisions and reforms embodied in the AIA are highlighted.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Already, LLC d/b/a Yums v. Nike, Inc. on November 7, 2012. Based on the argument, it seems unlikely that patent owners and trademark registrants will have an easy time knocking out counterclaims challenging validity based on actions taken to terminate their own suits for infringement.
More people than ever are trying their hand at no-budget independent filmmaking. However, this increase in amateur film production has led growing numbers of aspiring moviemakers and YouTube stars into legal and financial straits when confronted with the realities of copyright law.
The column provides highlights of recent trademark, copyright, and patent cases.
Recent IP developments from around the globe are discussed.