This is the story of a man, a mouse, the law, and the internet. The term of copyright protection for Mickey Mouse will expire in five years: on January 1st, 2024. What does that mean for one of the most recognized characters in media?Read More
During my time as an entertainment/art attorney, I have spoken to many people who have called me in a panic, claiming that someone has stolen their work. Frequently, this took the form of someone online who found a picture of the artwork. However, almost as often the perpetrator in question was a former partner who was working with artist on a song, a story, a screenplay, etc.
In order to prevent this from happening, or to stand any chance of recovery if it does happen, there are two steps that an artist must take to protect their work.Read More
At the most basic level, a trademark is a device that is associated with particular goods or services. Commonly called a “mark,” this device could be a word, picture, logo, short phrase or a combination of all of those elements. In recent years, certain colors and even smells have been registered as trademarks in limited situations. The key to an effective device is that when a person notices the trademark, they will know who produces the good or service that the mark is associated with.Read More
Copyright is a form of protection by the government that grants the creator of an artistic work a number of exclusive rights to exploit their own work. Copyright law is codified in Title 17 of the United States Code. Historically, copyright was used to give incentive to individuals to create works of art.Read More
The term “Intellectual Property” or IP, refers to creations of the human mind that have some creativity. The various kinds of IP, and the protections given to them, is divided into three broad categories: Patents, Copyright, and Trademark.Read More