Intellectual Property Blog

A Copyright Infringement Case that Rose from the Dead 

In honor of Halloween, this week I thought I would (if you will forgive the pun) resurrect a case from 2008: that of Dawn of the Dead vs. Dead Rising.  Video game or horror movie aficionados may remember that this one was a pretty big deal when it occurred. But for those who are not in the know, here is a recap. Dawn of the Dead is a 1978 film by George Romero that is […]

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Therapist Aid: Helping Mental Health Professionals Improve Their Craft

Each month I have been featuring a small business in Jacksonville and how that business has transitioned during the pandemic in order to survive. This month, I am featuring Therapist Aid. It was created by Woody Schuldt, a licensed mental health counselor.  Therapist Aid is dedicated to helping mental health professionals improve their craft by providing free evidence-based education and therapy tools. The organization creates resources with clients in mind — which means avoiding jargon […]

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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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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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Best Practices for Photos on Your Website

Let’s say you start a business. Naturally, you decide you need a website to market your services or products. Maybe you choose to build the website yourself using a template. Or you hire a third party to create a customized website. In either scenario, you are going to want to use some images to enhance the visual appeal. So you search the internet for photos that you might want to use. Not so fast. You […]

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Artist’s Copyright Claim Against Art Collective May Prove Futile with Nothing in Writing 

In 2015, three years after the art collective Meow Wolf initially approached her, artist Lauren Adele Oliver agreed to add her Space Owl to their exhibit House of Eternal Return. According to Oliver, they sold her on the idea by offering her both membership in the group as well as an “artist revenue share”. Over the next few years, the exhibit itself became incredibly successful, earning millions for the collective. It was even named in […]

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