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Monthly Archives from September 2019

Score Workshop on Trademarks, Copyrights and Your Intellectual Property Assets

On Tuesday night, I had the pleasure of presenting a SCORE workshop for small business owners and potential business owners on intellectual property assets. SCORE is a national service organization that supports small businesses throughout the nation. They consist of a network of over 11,000 volunteers operating in more than 340 chapters throughout the United States. SCORE volunteers work with and are supported by the US Small Business Administration.  The workshop was attended by over […]

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Student Newspaper Puts Journalism Protections to the Test

In 2013, the University of Massachusetts Boston student paper The Mass Media published an article titled, “Have You Seen This Man?” to help local police follow up on a case of a report of the man suspiciously photographing women on campus.  The news report was based upon a police incident report — a traditional source of information important to communities about public safety. Then, upon investigation, police cleared the man and found no reason to […]

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SCORE Workshop Presented by Broughan on Tuesday

Marks Gray intellectual property attorney Crystal Broughan is presenting a free SCORE workshop entitled “Trademarks, Copyrights and Your Intellectual Property Assets” on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm. In the presentation, Broughan will discuss the various types of IP  and how to protect those assets. Attendees will learn about: Trademark rights, how to do a trademark search, and how to apply for a registration.  Copyright registrations, copyright infringement, fair use, and how […]

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Why a Work for Hire Agreement Should Be Signed in Advance

In the late 1970s, a US federal statute formalized the concept that a work is innately copyright protected at the time of creation. As written, “A work is created when it is ‘fixed’ in a copy or phonorecord for the first time.” While every creator naturally has copyright to any original form of expression, the United States Copyright Act of 1976 also outlines exceptions to those protections. One of those exceptions is the “work for […]

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Appeals Court Affirms That Elected Officials Can’t Block Critics on Twitter

Questions on First Amendment rights violations in the new digital public square continue to circulate in the lower court systems across the country.  However, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals recently solidified the precedent that social media accounts of elected officials (specifically President Trump’s Twitter account, in one case) can be public or private — not both. And don’t think the President is alone in responding to unflattering tweets with attempts to block dissenters; […]

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Library Of Congress 19th Annual National Book Festival

A few months ago, I signed up for the Library of Congress blog to keep track of new developments in the world of copyright and the Library of Congress. I learned that for the past eighteen years the Library of Congress has hosted a National Book Festival in Washington, DC. The original National Book Festival was founded by First Lady Laura Bush and James H. Billington, the 13th Librarian of Congress in 2001. This year’s […]

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