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Monthly Archives from March 2021

Winning a Copyright Infringement Case Can Sometimes Have a High Cost

I recently ran across a story that illustrates the importance of choosing your legal battles carefully where copyright is concerned. In Golden v. Michael Grecco Productions, Inc., photographer Michael Grecco’s attorneys contacted blogger Lee Golden about using their client’s photo without permission on his entertainment blog. When they demanded he pay $25,000 for infringing on Grecco’s copyright, Golden sued.  Arguing fair use, he asked that the court find his use of the photo non-infringing. Moreover, […]

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Understanding the Role of Women in Copyright

In celebration of Women’s History Month, I thought it might be interesting to look at the impact that women have had on copyright in the U.S.  Like many institutions in America, the copyright office started with mostly male gatekeepers who tended to favor male creators and leave women out whenever possible. Despite this and many other obstacles, women have been present from the very beginning of American copyright. The role of women in this domain […]

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What You Need to Know about the Marrakesh Treaty

Although popular book titles are commonly produced in formats accessible to the visually impaired (for example, in audiobook or braille format), lesser-known titles are frequently only available in written format. Unfortunately, this means that an enormous number of books cannot be accessed by those with a visual impairment. The Marrakesh Treaty was created to address this global human rights concern.  Under the treaty, countries are required to provide an exception to their copyright laws to […]

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F-1 Student Immigration Updates: SEVP, COVID, and More

See below for key points on the current state of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), COVID-related travel information, and more prepared by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

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What Does President Biden’s Immigration Bill Say About Employment Immigration? Here’s What You Need to Know

While not quite as comprehensive as some advocates had hoped, Biden’s bill actually covers quite a bit of ground, including offering a “roadmap” to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, suggesting reforms to both employment- and family-based immigration, protecting American borders, and some innovative issues relating to improving options for employment based immigration. You can read AILA’s lengthy coverage of the entire bill here. Below, we’re going to go into a bit more depth on the proposals […]

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Check Out This H-1B Flowchart and Get Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions about the Process

To answer all of the questions we’ve been receiving, we’re sharing our H-1B flowchart to give you a simple overview of a complex process. You’ll find it below, but before we get to that, let’s tell you what we know — or at least what we’re pretty sure of: Will there be an H-1B lottery this year? We expect that, yes, there will be another H-1B lottery this year based on historical data, demand patterns, […]

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