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Who holds the Copyright in AI Created Art

Who holds the Copyright in AI Created Art

A team of scientists, programmers and historians have created an algorithm that created a physical work of art that mimics the look of a genuine Rembrandt painting. But can a computer generated work have copyright protection?

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How Can Fan Fiction Authors Use Other Author’s Works?

How Can Fan Fiction Authors Use Other Author’s Works?

There is popular misconception that fans who create works of their favorite fictional characters are allowed to create these works as long as they don’t try to make money from it. That supposed “loophole” has led to an entire genre of "fan fiction."  With the rise of...

How Mickey Mouse Keeps Changing Copyright Law

How Mickey Mouse Keeps Changing Copyright Law

When the Copyright Act was first enacted in the United States, the copyright duration was only 14 years. Today Copyright duration can last over a century in some cases.  Why such a drastic change?  Some say it is all due to a cute little mouse named Mickey....

Why should I use a Creative Commons License?

Why should I use a Creative Commons License?

Go to Flickr, Deviant Art, Sound Cloud, or even Wikipedia and you will see the term “Creative Commons License” peppered throughout attached to images, music files, and videos. Creative Commons licenses enable the owner of an original copyrighted work to allow use of...

Do I Need to Use the © Symbol?

Do I Need to Use the © Symbol?

The copyright symbol © is one of the most recognized symbols in the world.  The reason it is so well known is that for quite a long time, it was required that creators display the © symbol on their artistic works to receive the benefit copyright protection. Look at...

How we decide to take a copyright case on contingency

How we decide to take a copyright case on contingency

When someone discovers that their creative work has been stolen, their first emotion is usually anger and outrage eliciting waves of yelling and screaming of pithy commentary such as "I am going to sue them for everything they've got!!!!!" But once this initial...

Get Our Artist Licensing Agreement. It’s Free.

Get Our Artist Licensing Agreement. It’s Free.

It may be surprising to receive a free licensing agreement from an attorney but we think it is so important that we had to do it.  Let's start with a hypothetical scenario. A Story About Latte Art Janet recently opened a local coffee shop, called “The Grind,”. She...

Use Metadata to Protect Your Creative Work

Use Metadata to Protect Your Creative Work

When I mention metadata to my clients, I can often see their eyes glaze over.  I can understand why; it’s a bit geeky and not an exceptionally creative or exciting topic. Even the definition from the Merriam Webster Dictionary scream boring: meta·da·ta noun plural but...

Can I Register Multiple Works with the Copyright Office?

Can I Register Multiple Works with the Copyright Office?

When registering a copyright for a published work, each must be registered individually with some exceptions. For unpublished works, there is a bit more flexibility.  First, though, to recognize when these exceptions are applicable, copyright holders must understand...

Design Patents. An Unused Gem of IP Protection.

Design Patents. An Unused Gem of IP Protection.

Most designers, whether they make clothing, furniture, automobiles or any other non-functional ornamental products, don't realize that they might be able to patent those designs and keep other people from using them for 14 years.  Sounds pretty good right?  In Part 1,...