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The Benefits of Copyright Registration

?!?!?!?! By Jooyoung Koo, Esq. I am a lifelong musician. Since I was five, playing the piano and composing pieces of music have always inspired me. Music has been my own form of self-expression, my way of bringing joy, great solace, and richness to others. Once I create something on sheets of paper, it is mine. So, why bother with …

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The Business of Being an Artist

So, you’re an artist and want to turn what you love to do into a business. The idea can be daunting, especially if you have limited experience and resources and just have no idea where to start. In “The Business of Being an Artist,” Theresa Simpson of Garvey Schubert Barer and Gary Swearingen, in-house counsel for Costco Wholesale, use their experience …

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GoldieBlox, Concluding Thoughts (I’m all out of clever titles)

Litigation involving popular culture comes with a great deal of cultural baggage, all the more so when concepts like feminism and artistic integrity are thrown in to the mix. Even without that baggage, the drama surrounding this case forces us to evaluate how effectively current fair use rules operate. Is it efficient that a federal court must get involved in …

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Musicians’ Legal Mixtape – April 16, 2014

Being in a band can leave you with Sweet Emotions or stuck in Heartbreak Hotel. Come hear promoter-turned-entertainment lawyer Joleen Winther Hughes and Seattle-based talent manager Mackenzie McAninch talk about key legal and business issues You Oughta Know so you can create your own sweet tunes and rebound quickly when it’s time to Go Your Own Way.

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GoldieBlox, License to Will

In addition to the basic overview and fair use analysis, public perception of Girls and this case raises another issue that I want to address. There has been much talk of the Beastie Boys’ decision not to allow commercial advertising of their songs and the provision in Adam Yauch’s will to that effect. That discussion is unintentionally touching on a …

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