I’m Teaching Media Law Again This Summer

I'll be teaching my short (6 week; 2 credit) course in media law again this year as part of the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law's Intellectual Property Summer Institute. Last summer I taught a short (6 week; 2 credit) remote course in media law as part of the reboot of University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law's Intellectual Property Summer Institute. Affectionately known as "IPSI" by us UNH alums, last year marked the return of the program, albeit in...

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Congress Passes Small Claims and Felony Streaming Measures

Yesterday, Congress passed two important copyright measures that the creative community has long advocated for: The first is the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020 (CASE), which will establish a voluntary adjudicatory process, housed within the Copyright Office, for copyright claims under $30,000 in value. The law requires that the Copyright Office establish the Copyright Claims Board within a year of the law's enactment. As Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter...

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New Book on Copyright and Creativity in the 21st Century

I am pleased to announce the upcoming release of The Routledge Companion to Copyright and Creativity in the 21st Century, to which I am honored to have been asked to contribute an essay. Edited by Professor Michelle Bogre, Esq., of the Parsons School of Design, and noted copyright lawyer Nancy Wolff of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, the book features the basics of copyright law and a series of essays from academics and practitioners reflecting a diverse range of perspectives on how...

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Using Image and Videos in Your Planetarium…Legally

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of presenting another seminar to the Pacific Planetarium Association (PPA) on legal issues surrounding the use of images and video footage in planetarium shows and exhibits. The session was something of a follow-up to my presentation last year on using music in the planetarium. The recording of the presentation is now available on YouTube. While you're there (and if you work in a planetarium or around the industry) be sure to check out the full library of...

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I’m Speaking at the 2020 Midwest IP Institute

I will be speaking at the 2020 Midwest IP Institute on October 1 from 4:15 to 5:00 p.m. Central Time. Specifically, I'll be on a panel titled Copyright Enforcement Entities v. The Internet — Today's Practices and Policy Attitudes and What They Mean for Your Clients, that will look at the current state of enforcement practices in the visual arts industry. Moderated by Minneapolis intellectual property attorney Michael Lafeber, I'll be joined by panelists Michael Masterson, the CEO of Permission...

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I’m Teaching Media Law at UNH This Summer

I'll be teaching a short (6 week; 2 credit) remote course in media law this summer as part of the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law's Intellectual Property Summer Institute. Affectionately known as "IPSI" by us UNH alums, this year's all-remote-taught institute marks the return of a longtime summer fixture at UNH that brings students together with professionals and expert academics from around the world for short, focused courses on various aspects of intellectual...

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Broadcasters to the Rescue…Again

Back in October of 2017, in the days following the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival Shooting in Las Vegas, I wrote about how it was local broadcasters — not digital streaming platforms — that served as the most important source of news and information about the incident, the response, and the community's recovery (see In Praise of Local Media). This morning, millions of students are waking up without anywhere to go. As the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread...

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Using Music in Your Planetarium…Legally

On July 28 at 3:30pm PDT (22:30 UTC), I'll be presenting a free "Zoominar" (a webinar, using Zoom) sponsored by the Pacific Planetarium Association entitled Using Music in Your Planetarium...Legally. Here's the official description: Many planetarians ignore the copyright issues surrounding the use of commercially available music in the planetarium, while others, fearing the unknown, simply avoid using music in their productions. Still others believe, erroneously, that so long as a facility is...

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If ‘PLJ Isn’t (Wasn’t) A Brand, I Don’t Know What Is

I may be a little late (or maybe I'm perfectly timed for the one-week anniversary of the sign-off?), but like everyone else who’s been around radio for any length of time, I have some thoughts about last week’s sign off of two storied media brands – PLJ in New York and Mix 107.3 in Washington, D.C. In case you missed the news, both stations signed off the air Friday after their owner, Cumulus Media, sold the stations to the Educational Media Foundation (EMF), a not-for-profit Christian...

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I Was on a Podcast About…Quilting?

I recently had the privilege of being featured on Dr. Elizabeth Townsend-Gard's research podcast Just Wanna' Quilt. Dr. Townsend-Gard is a law professor at Tulane where she heads up the Copyright Research Labs. The quilting podcast is one of the Lab's projects, focused on building an "army" of quilters to talk about the love of their craft, as well as the copyright (and other legal issues) confronted by the quilting community. Fortunately — for me, Dr. Townsend-Gard, and the audience...

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