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SCENES A FAIRE

“Scenes a faire” is neither the title of a French ” New Wave” film nor is it a description of French President Francois Hollande’s personal life, in which he had four children with a fellow Socialist politician, then dated a … Continue reading

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When You Should Call A Lawyer

You wake up one morning after a thunderstorm-filled night to find your driveway filled with roofing shingles, the problem being they’re from your roof and you didn’t order them. You don’t think twice …you call a roofer. You turn on … Continue reading

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MONKEY CAN’T OWN COPYRIGHT IN SELFIE

If a monkey steals your camera and takes a “selfie,” does it own a copyright in the resulting image? According to the U.S. Copyright Office it does not. And your cat doesn’t have ownership of its cat videos either. See … Continue reading

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THE FIRST SALE DOCTRINE AND IMPORTED GOODS

Section 106(3) of the Copyright Act gives the owner of a copyrighted work the exclusive right to distribute or to authorize the distribution of copies or phonorecords of it to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or … Continue reading

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USING OTHER PEOPLE’S CONTENT IN YOUR CREATIVE WORKS

The Copyright Office web site summarizes the law in this area by stating, “Under the fair use doctrine of the U.S. copyright statute, it is permissible to use limited portions of a work including quotes, for purposes such as commentary, … Continue reading

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A PRIMER ON COPYRIGHT LAW

1. Copyright does not protect ideas. It protects only the expression of those ideas. Thus, if you have an idea about a movie thriller where someone crash lands on another planet or a romantic comedy about a couple who are … Continue reading

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