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  • copyright taste

    A Van Gogh painting is easily identifiable. Its brush strokes are distinctive and hard to imitate. It’s a known quantity, clearly a work of artistic genius. But how do you quantify a taste? You may remember with fondness your anniversary dinner at that seafood place, but could you really say that the dinner was one […]

  • fair use

    If you’ve never seen Melissa Hunter’s character, “Adult Wednesday Addams,” it’s worth a look, not just to get a laugh, but also to learn more about a legal term that’s become essential in our internet age: the concept of fair use. If you are familiar with the original Addams Family series or the film remakes, […]

  • copyright recipes

    It’s so easy to get a recipe online these days, isn’t it? Whether you’re looking for a new way to make guacamole or double-checking the grilling instructions for those pork steaks, all you have to do is check YouTube or Google. Well, it turns out that even cooking show giants like the Food Network do […]

  • image of Sir Paul McCartney

    When it comes to copyrighted content, it only seems logical that the person who created this artistic property should be the one who owns said property. However, due to various business tactics and the ways they coincide with the law, this is not always the case. In fact, sometimes content creators have no ownership of their work […]

  • Photo from It's A Wonderful Life

    It’s the holiday season, which for many means it is time for their annual viewing of It’s A Wonderful Life. The ionic story was once a mainstay of the holiday season, re-running on television, ad nauseum, from the end of November until the start of the new year. Many would argue that it was the […]

  • image of a woman holding a smartphone

    The trademark system has long served as a pinnacle component of our nation’s growth and development. In fact, the first trademark was issued to the Averill Chemical Paint company under the United States Trademark Act of 1870. Since then, private inventors and corporations alike have made it a point to claim ownership of their intellectual […]

  • photo of Kesha, Kesha lawsuit

    If you follow the world of music at all, you are probably aware of the Kesha lawsuit that is making waves across social media. It actually involves a series of lawsuits between recording artist Kesha (formerly known as Ke$ha) and her producer Dr. Luke. From 2009 to 2013, Kesha and Dr. Luke produced “Tik Tok”, […]

  • ed sheeran copyright infringement. Zachary Hiller Law Houston TX

    Copyright crusades in the music industry are unfortunately very common. Authors create copyrights when they express their ideas into or onto a tangible medium, which means they are the ones with the legal rights to their work. If an artist owns that work, they are the only one who can lawfully sell or use said work. If anyone […]

  • Taylor Swift Instagram

    I ran across a story this week that highlights a theme that we have touched on in a previous blog about social media and copyright infringement. It involves social media law, fan art, and in this case, Taylor Swift. The dust-up started on Halloween 2004; when Taylor Swift posted, what appeared to be, fan art on […]

  • Graphic designers arent always work for hire

    We have written a lot about copyright law from a number of perspectives, from fan fiction to YouTube. While these are fun jaunts for a IP geek, they don’t often have real life applications in the business world.  Today we are tackling something that many businesses bump into in a freelance economy. The business world is […]

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