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As you may recall from last week’s post, a trademark protects “things” that represent or are associated with a created work.  These “things” can be slogans, phrases, graphics, or artwork that are unique to the work and help the consumer relate to the work.   However, trademark law also protects the design of certain items from...
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Over in the Queen’s country, one of the most common practices among music consumers (at least those who still purchase their music on CDs) is to transfer the files from the CD to a boom box/Walkman/record player/or more likely, smart phone/ipod. However, the Government just might be ruling that transferring files, even those you have...
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Overview We see trademarks all day, everyday, but we may not be aware of them.  While trademark and copyright law share some similarities, they are somewhat different areas of the law.  Recall from our discussion a few weeks ago, the copyright law generally protects an original literary, artistic, or creative work from being used by...
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Tamer Hosny, Egyptian self-proclaimed “romantic” singer and fan-proclaimed the “Star of Jeel”, is not very happy with American superstars Akon and Pitbull right now. Hosny is currently suing Akon for failing on his alleged promise to get rapper Pitbull to be in the video for the trio’s collaboration. While Hosny’s song has both American artists on it, Hosny...
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Ne-Yo is one of the most prolific song writers of the 2000’s but has little to show for it- songwriters make almost nothing, especially compared to the people who perform their songs. The hugely successful R&B singer, along with other musicians, recently lobbied in D.C. to change the laws for songwriters. Songwriting falls under musical composition...
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