Trademark Owners – Don’t Get Scammed By These Deceptive Invoices

Without fail, every time I apply to register a trademark, either I or my client will receive in the mail an “invoice” from some company I’ve never heard of. It will be styled in neutral, official-sounding language such as “filing fee” or “application fee,” and on first glance there will be no indication that I have[…]

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God, Green Day, and Copyright – How Punk Rockers Affirmed Fair Use Rights in Worship Services

I love God, and I love copyright law. As a result, one of my longtime academic interests has been the role of copyright law in the creative communications that take place every week in worship services across the country. Specifically, I’ve written (here and here) on whether, and to what extent, the fair use doctrine permits pastors[…]

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Recently Published Applications for Virtual Reality Trademarks

Every week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office publishes a Gazette full of trademark applications that it has “allowed.” This means that the marks will be registered as requested unless someone steps in to oppose the registration within the 30-day period following the publication. Keeping an eye on this Gazette (or having your attorney do so)[…]

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VR Modeling Has a Lot of Benefits, But Copyright Isn’t One of Them

With the surging popularity of virtual reality technologies has come a wave of companies creating content for virtual worlds.  This includes not only the design of new and fanciful creations, but also scans of the existing, physical world.  A lot of scans. The demand for virtual recreations of the physical world is more than understandable. “The[…]

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Is Ascribe the Answer to the Web’s Infringement Problem? [UPDATED]

“The end of piracy?” That’s one of the breathless sub-headers from TNW’s recent article about Ascribe, a German start-up.  Ascribe uses blockchain technology–the same string of software used in Bitcoin crypto-currency–to authenticate works of digital art. Artists submit their works to the service, and receive in return a unique bit of code that identifies the work as belonging[…]

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Social Reading Raises New Copyright and Publicity Rights Issues

The following is paraphrased from a talk I gave at the International Digital Publishing Forum’s 2015 Digital Book Conference in Manhattan. Recent Innovations in Social Reading “Social reading” is a publishing industry buzzword that has come to encompass a variety of methods for using digital platforms to expand the reading experience. This includes such simple features[…]

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Privacy, Law, and Ethics in Augmented Reality Panel at AWE 2015 [VIDEO]

As AR comes into its own, the legal and ethical issues that come with it can’t be ignored. On June 8, 2015, I had the honor of hosting a 50-minute panel discussion on these topics with Dave Griesbach (Security Expert, Google), Jerri Lynn Hogg (Professor, Fielding University), and Dave Lorenzini (Founder, CEO, EFX). Not only did these[…]

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When Can I Play a Radio or TV in Public Without a License? [Infographic]

It’s a perennial problem for business owners. They try to entertain their customers and provide a pleasant ambiance, but are never quite sure what copyright law does and doesn’t allow them to do. Too often, this doesn’t even occur to them until a demand letter shows up in the mail accusing them of copyright infringement.[…]

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Medical Implants and 3D Printing: Tomorrow’s Tech Meets Today’s Copyright Act

The U.S. Copyright Office is in the midst of deciding whether to exempt certain emerging technologies from the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. And it’s not too late for you to do something about it. The following summary is borrowed, with permission, from Attorney Stefan M. Mentzer at White & Case. Background Every three[…]

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“Augmented Reality” By Any Other Name: Still as Sweet?

Augmented reality is dead. Long live augmented reality. It has long been predicted by some within the augmented reality community that AR will succeed when people stop calling it “augmented reality.”  By that measure, things are looking up. The last six months has seen a rapid increase in the amount of AR visualization technology entering[…]

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