September 2017 Archives

Taylor Swift hopes copyright law supports her

New York fans of singer-songwriter Taylor Swift often admit they admire her because her music speaks to them. Swift's lyrics come from personal experiences, and those who enjoy her songs, especially young women, find them empowering. However, songwriters frequently find themselves faced with lawsuits when their music or lyrics too closely resemble songs written by other people. Swift is no stranger to these lawsuits, and in the past, copyright law has been on her side.

No monkeying around with copyright laws

New York is no stranger to famous people. Photos of these famous people can be worth a lot of money to the photographers who take them, but new technology and trends in photography have sometimes made it difficult to determine who might actually own the photo. Since the inception of the front-facing "selfie" camera on smartphones, people have been able to take self-portraits easier than ever before.

Legal malpractice common after lawyers miss deadlines

When New York families take a vacation, it is usually to escape the stress of daily life and create fond memories for their children. However, injuries or illness during vacation may only add to parents' stress, and an accident certainly creates memories one would sooner forget. One family's amusement park ride was a terrifying experience, but their efforts to seek compensation for damages were met with frustration and potentially legal malpractice.

It is still a crime to steal intellectual property

Increasingly, intangible assets are vital to the economy of our country. Intellectual property such as music, computer programs and written works are not only the driving force behind many industries, but provide a livelihood for the inventors and artists who often make great sacrifices regarding their unique creations. In New York and across the country, there seems to be a misconception about what constitutes the illegal use of someone's intellectual property.

Intellectual property litigation involving Pepe the frog

Those in New York who enjoyed the antics of Pepe the Frog may have mourned the cartoon character's death earlier this year. The laid back, self-indulgent amphibian gained a cult following after artist Matt Furie introduced him in an e-zine in 2005. For nearly 10 years, Furie and his frog enjoyed popularity among fans whose philosophies mirrored those of the lazy, hedonistic character. However, recently the artist turned to intellectual property litigation when someone attempted to use his creation for nefarious purposes.

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