Basic Copyright Questions Answered


The answers to the following questions should be read as preparatory rather than as definitive. What works are protected? What works are not protected by copyright? What is copyright registration? When is a work protected by copyright? How long is the term of a copyright? What are the advantages of copyright registration? What is publication? […]

Copyright ownership of ‘Happy Birthday’ song is dismissed!


Copyright ownership of ‘Happy Birthday’ song is dismissed! After recently celebrating a special attorney’s birthday here in the office I felt it was only appropriate to blog about one of the most well known songs still sung today by people all over the world. Ever notice when you celebrate a birthday at a restaurant the […]

“Blurred Lines”: Inspiration or Infringement?


This week, a federal judge in Los Angeles indicated that he is unlikely to grant a summary judgment motion in favor of Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in their ongoing plagiarism dispute with the heirs of the legendary Marvin Gaye. If you have been following this case, you know that the issue revolves around two […]

Interview with Children’s Author B.G. Hennessy


B.G. Hennessy is a critically acclaimed author of children’s books. Besides publishing her own original stories, Hennessy serves as the primary creator of the Don Freeman series Corduroy the Bear. After studying book design at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Hennessy worked in children’s book publishing in New York City for 17 years as a […]

College athletes win first judgment against NCAA


Twenty four former college football and basketball players brought suit against the NCAA. Twenty of this group asserted in their complaint that the NCAA violated federal antitrust law by restraining competition for their names, images, and licenses with Electronic Arts (EA) and the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC). This case revolves around the right of publicity, […]

Copyright Protection of Architectural Works


The most recent news in architectural copyrights comes from the Milwaukee Federal District Court case Design Basics, LLC v. Midwet Homes, Inc.. In this case, the plaintiff, Design Basics, asserts that Midwest Homes has violated Design Basics’ copyright over two architectural works titled “Hampton” and “Newberry.” The complaint was filed on November 15, 2013. In […]

Instagram’s Copyright Confusion


Guest Blogger: Devon Gawley, English Major SUNY Geneseo “It’s photo sharing, reinvented,” brightly declares Instagram’s homepage. While this catchy tagline may be referring to Instagram’s unique photo editing and sharing program, the newest reinvention comes January 16th with a new terms of service that has many users on edge, stating, “You agree that a business […]

How to Publish a Book


Authors are constantly calling me asking me “how can I get my great book published?” And recently I’ve read a great book by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch entitled APE: Author, Publisher,Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book that I believe every new author should read. It’s written from the perspective of someone who has “been there, done […]