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Intellectual Property: Balancing Exclusivity and Access in a Crowd Sourced, User-Generated World

Posted in Authorship, Copyright, Fair Use, Functionality, Information Law, Inventorship, Patents, Social Media, Trademark

You Can Trademark That?  They Can Own What? Who Knew? There are many reasons we have IP laws – but primary among them is to encourage creative types like artists and inventors to profit from their efforts by way of royalties or exclusive rights.  To encourage those efforts, the intellectual property laws give authors and… Continue Reading

Ephron’s Legacy: A Message for Women Authors, Inventors and Creators

Posted in Authorship, Copyright, Inventorship, Patents

Last night, Nora Ephron passed.   Already the internet and blogosphere are filled with this news and discussion of the loss of an incredibly prolific, comical and impactful artist.  While she is associated with a broader feminist agenda, her real contributions were in giving comic and touching voice to life experiences that happened to be shared primarily… Continue Reading

The “I Wonder if…” Corner

Posted in Copyright

The absolute best part of my job is problem solving.  It’s especially fun because hardly a day goes by that I don’t encounter a person saying something like “oh, I have a quick question about…,” or “I wonder if its ok if I use this photo/text…”  In very limited cases is the answer really quick… Continue Reading