Intellectual Property Blog

Did This Cat’s Purr Infringe on a Musician’s Copyright?

In 2015, the publisher of a purring cat video — Digihaven — got into a bit of a complicated situation with EMI Music and YouTube. Why? Because according to YouTube’s automated Content ID system, 12 seconds of Phantom the cat’s purring in the hour-long video infringed upon the copyright of a musical composition called “Focus.” Yes, you read that correctly. A cat was blamed for violating a music copyright. Because of how its purr happened […]

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Your Team at Marks Gray

As a client of Marks Gray, you not only work with our experienced attorneys, you also receive an abundant amount of support from our staff.  Marks Gray’s staff is made up of highly qualified and skilled personnel who are dedicated to helping our attorneys manage your case from start to finish. We each take pride in providing the best support to our clients.   Each attorney at our firm is assigned a Legal Assistant and a […]

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Marks Gray Gives Back and Participates in Local Food Drive

Last week, our attorneys and staff worked together to collect non-perishable food items and canned goods for City Rescue Mission.  City Rescue Mission, Inc. is an organization that provides food, clothing, shelter, emergency services and residential recovery programs to homeless men, women, and women with children. Our greatness is not about what we have, but about what we give. So proud of our team.

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U.S. Copyright Office Celebrates 150 Years

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Copyright Office! In 1870, all copyright functions were placed within the Library of Congress. Since that time, the U.S. Copyright Office has grown quite a bit in both size and function, and I thought a little history lesson might help in understanding how far we have come in the world of copyrights. Copyright History in the United States The authors of the U.S. Constitution included copyright protections in Article I, […]

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Is Probate Always Needed When a Loved One Dies?

When thinking about the transfer of assets after their death, many people often make one of two erroneous assumptions regarding probate (a court proceeding transferring assets to beneficiaries and/or heirs-at-law): They are married, so everything they own will go directly to their spouse upon their death; or They have a Will (last will and testament), so their assets go to the parties named in the Will without having to go through probate. Both of these […]

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