September 2019 Archives

FBI indicts streaming service for copyright law violation

Artists of all mediums need to protect their work. Without copyright law, it would be much easier for others to profit off of New York artists' creations without giving those artists proper financial compensation. Recently the FBI seized a streaming website for airing content for which the proper copyright was allegedly not obtained.

Exercise company Peloton accused of violating copyright law

Many exercise enthusiasts in New York and elsewhere say that nothing propels them through a workout like music. Generally, this means they are listening to music they have purchased and use only for personal benefit. They do not financially profit off of using music while working out. However, the popular exercise company Peloton, known for offering online classes for people to follow during home workouts, is in hot water over its music usage. The National Music Publisher's Association claims Peloton streams music during classes, which is in violation of copyright law.

Attorneys must follow the rules of professional conduct

Attorneys have a set of rules of professional conduct that they are expected to follow. The rules, created by the American Bar Association, were adopted in 1983. Professionally known as the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, these rules are the model for professional ethics in most jurisdictions where attorneys practice. Prior to this set of rules, older models included the 1908 Canons of Professional Ethics and the Model Code of Professional Responsibility from 1969.

Are street artists protected by copyright law?

Many artists here in New York understand that copyrighting their work helps protect their intellectual property. Copyright law exists to help artists make a legal claim if a person or company misuses or steals their artistic work. It's used by artists of all types, including painters, musicians, photographers and more. A recent copyright claim could update the rules on what kinds of artistic works can be protected. Several street artists from out of state are fighting a suit from Mercedes-Benz, claiming that the automaker used their work without permission.

Ariana Grande accuses Forever 21 of intellectual property theft

Many people might assume that famous celebrities don't need to protect their artistic works, but that is not the case. It is vital for artists of all mediums and at all levels to ensure that their creations have copyright protection to deter others from profiting off of their intellectual property. However, violations still occur and New York artists have to deal with them. Singer Ariana Grande is in just such a legal battle right now, with clothing retailer Forever 21. She alleges that the retailer stole her likeness, song lyrics and other intellectual property.

Can common words be intellectual property?

Artists and businesses of all kinds here in New York have to take care that their work isn't misused or stolen. If they don't, they could experience significant financial loss. Sometimes, larger companies and businesses can make matters difficult for artists and business owners who do not have the same level of means. Putting a trademark on one's intellectual property may be the best way to protect a product or artwork. However, some larger companies and organizations are attempting to trademark small, common words, which could have significant impact on many people.

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