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Parodies in Comedy In last week’s post, we discussed the law as it related to Fair Use and examined a common area where fair use applies–parodies in music.  Weird Al Yankovic became famous by creating parodies from popular music, but that’s not the only way that an artist can seek to play fair game.  Satiric...
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Copyright law in film, like that in music, is enormously complicated. Not only are major aspects of films like story and characters copyrighted, but the scenery and even sounds are subject as well. For example, the iconic LA landmark, the Hollywood sign, is copyrighted, so in order to use it in a film you need to get permission. You might even have...
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We hope that your week was great and that your weekend is even better! Meanwhile, we love sharing news about our clients and/or showcasing their work. As such, here’s a flashback to one of our client’s past work (music producer Jskillz). This is Jskillz’s song, “Let Out The Beast”, written for one of Korea’s hottest...
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Grandmaster Flash is synonymous with the birth of hip hop music in the 80’s, with songs like “The Message” and it’s famous lyrics, “Don’t push me ’cause I’m close to the edge/I’m trying not to lose my head.” However, the music of Grandmaster Flash was not created by the DJ alone- it was a group effort,...
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In last week’s blog post, we discussed derivative works and sampling along with the limitations associated with such.  As you may recall, the general rule to have your work protected by copyright is that your work as an artist must contain a level of originality apart from the original work.  If this is the case,...
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