Ownership of a copyright in one of the most popular songs in the English language has recently been challenged in several lawsuits around the country. At the heart of the dispute is whether the music publisher Warner...more
In Cariou v. Prince, No. 11-1197-cv (2d Cir. Apr. 25, 2013), an opinion with significant importance for the art world, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit clarified what is required for a defendant’s entitlement...more
As mentioned in our previous post, industrial designs protect the visual features of a product (shape, configuration, pattern or ornament). Functional, utilitarian or useful elements are not eligible for protection. This was...more
1. What is a copyright?
Copyright protection exists in any original “expression” of an idea that is fixed in any physical medium, such as paper, digital media, or film. Copyrights cover such diverse things as art,...more