EFF Weighs in on Capitol v. Vimeo

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Digital rights advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation says a pending appeal in the copyright case between Capitol Records and online video site Vimeo has the potential to undermine existing copyright law. From their announcement: “In this lawsuit, the record labels sued online video site Vimeo, alleging that dozens of sound recordings were infringed in videos […]

Copyright and the Law of Photography

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What are your legal rights and responsibilities as a photographer? Do you have questions about your contracts or about the copyright on your work? In the modern era of intellectual property law, with digital technology and complex contracts, knowing your legal rights is as important as making amazing photos. In this presentation, Jen Hurley (read […]

How much does it cost for a copyright attorney?

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Hiring an attorney to help you register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office can cost in the ballpark of $250 to $350 for the whole process. If you register a copyright yourself, you can save a significant amount of money. For more intricate copyright issues, a lawyer will charge an hourly fee that depends […]

What is Copyright?

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According to the U.S. Copyright Office, “Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.” Whew. That’s a mouthful! Let’s try to break this definition down. The types of original […]

How do I get a copyright?

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If your work is in a tangible form (e.g., recorded, taped, written down, or typed), it already has copyright protection, although certain exceptions apply (see the U.S. Copyright Office’s Copyright Basics, pp. 2-3 for details). It is not necessary to publish your work to gain copyright protection. Although you have copyright protection as soon as […]

What is Intellectual Property?

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The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) defines intellectual property as “creations of the mind,” a broad definition that includes the following: literary, artistic and scientific works; performances of performing artists, phonograms, and broadcasts; inventions in all fields of human endeavor; scientific discoveries; industrial designs; trademarks, service marks, and commercial names and designations; protection against unfair […]

Art Law Institute

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Art Law Institute was a huge success, the first all-day workshop sponsored by WLA.   Workshops and Presenters included: Intro to Social Media Law, Brian Rowe of Northwest Justice Project and Adjunt Professor at Seattle University School of Law and the University of Washington Information School Advanced Film Contracts, Matt Hooper of Foster Pepper PLLC […]

Art Law for Jewelers and Craftspeople by Mark Walters

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This presentation, given in December 2010 as part of the WLA legal workshop series, focused on the various forms of intellectual property law available to jewelers and craftspeople interested in protecting the novel shape or three-dimensional design of a product. It focused on three main areas of intellectual property protection for shapes:1) copyright, 2) design […]

Intellectual Property 101 by Mark Walters

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This presentation, given in March 2010 as part of the WLA legal workshop series, was a general overview of the various forms of intellectual property protection, covering basic information concerning copyrights, patents, and trademarks. The presentation discussed the registration process for copyrights and the scope of copyrightable subject matter. Fair use defenses to infringement and […]