Copyright

Troll Face with Monetizing Internet Memes and Copyright law

When our Intellectual Property/Arts & Entertainment team presents at one of its legal workshops (and we typically do these for various arts groups along the Front Range), sometimes we tell the story of Carlos Ramirez, the creator of the Trollface meme.

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Music Royalties over a concert crowd

Many indie artists are confused about the difference between ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SoundExchange, not to mention SoundScan, the Harry Fox Agency, and the role of their own publishing company and record label when it comes to collecting and paying money under the exploitation of their music. The problem with not understanding these concepts is that you could get taken ...

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Troll statue with 3 copyright cs

DTG’s Intellectual Property Team has seen a new and unwelcome legal trend emerge in Colorado over the last few years: copyright trolls. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) File Sharing Lawsuits Since in 2010 and really ramping up in about 2012-2013, a small group of copyright owners has flooded our federal court system with lawsuits against tens of thousands of “John Doe” defendants. These ...

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Copyright icon next to a blue bird

That Tweet that has been making the rounds, and maybe even gone viral, should be fair game, right? Everyone has been retweeting it, so embedding the original tweet into my website isn’t hurting anyone…riiiight? Well, not so fast. The answer may depend on where the case is heard. Katherine B. Forrest, a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of ...

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Could AI get a copyright over a jellyfish

In 2016, a group of museums and researchers in the Netherlands unveiled a portrait entitled The Next Rembrandt. This painting was actually generated by a computer, which had analyzed thousands of works by the 17th-century artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, and then used the data to create its own work in the same style. In the same year, a Japanese ...

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Camera Lens

I’ve noticed a recent trend with artists calling to get help resolving a contract issue. The scenario usually unfolds something like this: The Artist had been contacted by a promotor/client/other artist to help capture photos or video. There is no written agreement, other than a few texts back and forth about payment rate and when to show up to the ...

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Lioness Roaring

We get this question a lot. Artists, designers and other creative entrepreneurs are busy people! So, why should you go through the trouble of registering your copyrights and putting copyright notices on your works if, under U.S. Copyright law, you have copyright protection as soon as your work is “fixed” in a tangible medium? We understand the instinct that you ...

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Couple kissing behind a clapboard

We are watching the lawsuit between This is Spinal Tap creators, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner, and Vivendi very closely. This case revolves around issues that we always pay close attention to for our creative clients: net profit definitions, copyright termination, and work-for-hire. On October 20, 2017, Shearer, McKean and Reiner joined Guest in a Second ...

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Buttons on an entertainment site

A good website for your business can be an invaluable marketing tool. However, if you’re not careful, you could get into trouble for using images, photos, videos and other content in violation of copyright law. Rights Granted under Copyright. Under the U.S. Copyright Act, the owner of a creative work is granted certain rights, including the right to prevent others ...

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Careers in the Arts written over artist prints

Many individuals (including your dad) are under the impression that the only way to succeed in the arts is to become a superstar. Media representations tend to present the arts as an all-or-nothing proposition, with the spotlight only given to the celebrity successes.

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