Category Archives: Copyright

You Use is Not Fair – Copyright Myths and Avoiding Issues

You may think you understand copyright law enough because you have never gotten a cease and desist letter, but beware the pitfalls of your fair use misconceptions.  Copyrights, like all intellectual property, are protected to further the good of society.  … Continue reading

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It’s Just an Argument – Fair Use, Schmair Use

If you are a lawyer advising clients on content issues and creative campaigns you have invariably heard the refrain “but it’s fair use.”  If you are one of those clients who have said those words, please read this post carefully, … Continue reading

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Protecting Your Creations, and Being Respectful of Others – Copyright in a Digital Age

Social media is changing the world, right?  It is reducing the friction between thought and share.  It is allowing new social connections and collectives.  What it hasn’t done is change copyright law.  I’ll give you a ‘yet’ after that, as … Continue reading

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Learning From Other’s Mistakes – Even When They Aren’t Mistaken

SF Gate is reporting this morning in its blog, “The Tech Chronicles,” that Twitter has been attributing fake tweets to real users.  There is little information about how this happened and Twitter is working to fix the problem.  At any … Continue reading

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Executing the Perfect Takedown – Not a UFC move, a DMCA one!

The big bad DMCA.  On this day celebrating the birth of the United States, let’s talk about copyrights, user content and protecting your brand.  This is not a post attacking the DMCA or copyrights.  This is a post about what … Continue reading

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Licensing Other People’s Stuff – Don’t Get Stuck in the Swamp

What happens when you have a great idea for a campaign or content that includes someone else’ stuff?  User-generated content (UGC) is one lower-cost way to source that material, but it has it’s own problems.  The other way is to … Continue reading

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Fair Use – Schmair Use

If you are a lawyer advising clients on content issues and creative campaigns you have invariably heard the refrain “but it’s fair use.”  If you are one of those clients who have said those words, please read this post carefully, … Continue reading

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