Copyright & Media Update 7/28/17

What is the Difference Between Copyright, Patent and Trademark?

Copyright, patent, and trademark are all different types of intellectual property (IP). Although the three types of IP are very different, people often confuse them. A brief description of copyright, patents, and trademarks, including a brief discussion of how these forms of IP differ from copyright, is provided below. READ MORE…

Sensenbrenner’s Extreme Moral Hazard: Bill rewards infringers and punishes songwriter victims

BY DAVID CLOWERY: Sen. Sensenbrenner has introduced a bill called “The Transparency in Licensing Act.”  We songwriters call it “The Shiv Act.” It’s pure doublespeak. It has nothing to do with “transparency.”  It is clearly designed to stab songwriters in the back while greatly benefitting the largest members of the Mic-Coalition.org. Read more here, here and here. READ MORE…

Frank Ocean T-Shirt at Center of Debate Over Tweet Copyright

BY DANIEL KREPS: Less than a week after the T-shirt that Frank Ocean wore at New York’s Panorama Festival became a viral sensation, the shirt and its creator are now at the center of a debate over copyright, intellectual property and the ownership of tweets. READ MORE…

Richard Prince and the Increasingly Permissive Treatment of Infringement

BY KEVIN MADIGAN: Earlier this month, a federal judge in New York denied a motion to dismiss a copyright infringement suit against notorious “Instagram artist” Richard Prince, setting the stage for another transformative fair use showdown. The lawsuit is the latest turn in an ongoing debate—often involving Prince or similar artists—over what qualifies as transformative in the digital age, as more and more artists engage in acts of appropriation with questionable amounts of added expression. READ MORE…

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