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Privacy or Property? Arizona Court Adopts Post-Mortem Right of Publicity In Intra-Family Online Dispute

The right of publicity, i.e., the right not to have others appropriate your name or image for commercial purposes, is an odd duck. It was described by Professor Prosser in 1960, and later in the Restatement of Torts, as of...more

“Why Don’t you Marry the Girl?”: How the 1909 Copyright Act Helped Bring Down DOMA

When Tin Pan Alley composer B.G. “Buddy” DeSylva co-composed such 1920’s hits as California Here I Come, Sonny Boy and If You Knew Susie (and lesser-known works such as Why Don’t You Marry the Girl?) he may have understood...more

DOMA goes down - Copyright goes up - U.S. v. Windsor, Supreme Court, No. 12-307, decided June 26, 2013

The Supreme Court today handed down a far reaching decision throwing out an attempt by Congress to deny the benefits conferred by federal law on same sex couples legally married under state law holding that the Defense of...more

Family Wealth Care

Business-owning families are aware of the risks of trying to manage personal wealth inside their companies, in most cases they do not act because they believe change would be difficult, they do not have family support or they...more

Estate Planning for Intellectual Property

It is important to plan your estate carefully by considering these valuable assets so that they are appropriately transferred to your heirs according to your wishes upon your death...As intellectual property becomes more...more

Intersection of Estate Issues and Copyright Law: The Long and Winding Road

This article, written by Entertainment and Probate Attorney, Kenneth W. Pajak, provides entertainment lawyers and non-probate practitioners with a general overview of creation, ownership and rights in copyrightable works;...more

Probate Trademarks- Death, Reincarnation, and Survival of IP rights

t was a dark and stormy night when the dame appeared in the doorway of Mark Trade,TM intellectual property investigator. Initial research by Guy Noir indicated there might have been a death under suspicious circumstances, but...more

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