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Socially Aware - Volume 6, Issue 2 - May 2015

In This Issue: - Court Protects Anonymity of Yelp Users - FTC Issues Landmark Report on Internet of Things - Who Will Update My Status When I’m Dead?: The Biggest Social Media Platforms’ Policies on...more

Copyright Co-Owner’s Ability to Grant an Exclusive Right to a Third Party - Corbello v. DeVito

Revisiting the issue of a copyright co-owner’s right to grant an exclusive right to a third party, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit clarified its prior ruling in Sybersound v. UAV, and explained that a...more

Get smart when tackling estate planning for intellectual property

How should one account for intellectual property (IP), such as a patent or copyright, in their estate plan? These intangible assets can be highly valuable, and they should be handled according to the owner’s wishes. This...more

Insight on Estate Planning - February/March 2015

In This Issue: - Estate planning for young families: Flexibility is the key - Get smart when tackling estate planning for intellectual property - Avoiding undue influence claims - Estate Planning Pitfall:...more

The Artist’s Legacy – Business and Legal Planning Issues

Sheppard Mullin attorneys Christine Steiner and Lauren Liebes recently joined Weston Naef, Getty Photography Curator Emeritus, and ASA appraiser Jennifer Stoots for “What Will Become of Your Legacy”, a panel discussion at Los...more

Warner Bros.’ Super Victory: U.S. Supreme Court Effectively Ends Lengthy Superman Copyright Dispute

Warner Bros. and its DC Comics subsidiary can now breathe a bit easier, as the U.S. Supreme Court has recently declined to intervene in the ongoing dispute over the ownership rights to Superman. And so ends (at least for...more

Superman Dodges a Bullet: Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in Heirs’ Bid to Reclaim Character Copyright

Close on the heels of the settlement between Marvel Comics and Jack Kirby’s heirs, which ended their dispute over copyright in a number of iconic comic book characters, the heirs to one of Superman’s co-creators, artist...more

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

The Bill Graham Show Goes On … and On - Graham-Sult v. Clainos

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit concluded that the federal district court erred in dismissing claims for copyright infringement, conversion and declaratory relief brought by the sons of the late concert...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- January 30, 2014

Smith v. Sunshine Sound Enterprises, Inc., USCA, 11th Circuit, January 22, 2014 - Eleventh Circuit reverses dismissal of estate’s claims for copyright infringement, holding that songwriter who assigned his legal rights...more

"The Estate Planner" – January/February 2014

In this issue: - Planning For The Net Investment Income Tax - The Stretch IRA: A Simple Yet Powerful Estate Planning Tool - Do You Know How To Address IP In Your Estate Plan? - Estate Planning Red...more

Treasury Releases Additional Guidance on Employer Mandate

Treasury Releases Additional Guidance on Employer Mandate by Gary S. Young on September 18, 2013 The deadline for Employers to comply with the “Employer Mandate” provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care...more

NY Attorney General Wants to “Fire” Donald Trump from Education Industry

NY Attorney General Wants to “Fire” Donald Trump from Education Industry by Dan Brecher on September 3, 2013 While Donald Trump is well known for his antics on the air and in the boardroom, he may soon be spending some...more

Analysts Debate the Effectiveness of Municipal Bankruptcy on Improving Cities

Analysts Debate the Effectiveness of Municipal Bankruptcy on Improving Cities by Joel R. Glucksman on August 22, 2013 Five years after the Great Recession began, a number of cities across the country are still...more

Bezos May Have Trouble Securing Tax Benefits With WaPo

Bezos May Have Trouble Securing Tax Benefits With WaPo by Frank L. Brunetti on August 21, 2013 Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos turned some heads when the billionaire decided to purchase the Washington...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

Points & Authorities - Fall 2012

In This Issue: - The Innovative Design Protection Act: Bound for Success or Doomed to Fail? - Strategic Licensing Considerations - New Faces - Points from the President - Think Again Before Walking Away from...more

Beyond the Grave- What Happens to Your Digital Assets When You Die?

What would happen to your online persona if you died? After all, it is the digital age, and individuals are creating online personalities on a more regular basis. In addition, banking, and bill pay services are not digital....more

Intellectual property requires careful estate planning

Intellectual property (IP), such as patents and copyrights, can have great value, but in many ways they’re treated differently from other property types. This article explains the differences between patents and copyrights....more

Planning for the four-legged member of your family : WealthCounsel Quarterly

Beneficial to San Diego Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning Lawyers. Helping your pet-owning client plan their pets care after their death is just as important as planning for children, especially when pets with special needs...more

Insight on Estate Planning - October/November 2012

In This Issue: - Considering an ILIT? Now’s the time - Intellectual property requires careful estate planning - Defined-value gifts: Give now, value later - Estate Planning Pitfall: Your family doesn’t know where...more

Insights - Spring 2012

In This Issue: JOBS Act: Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act; Fracking: Ohio’s New Oil and Gas Boom; 2012 Estate Planning; American Airlines: Who’s Flying the Plane? Labor Law Update; S Corporations; Blow to Method...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

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