For some New York families, winter brings special traditions, such as long hours playing board games. Although the popularity of board games has waned, many vintage games have new life in electronic versions and apps. Such is true for one of the most beloved and enduring board games, The Game of Life. The future of this game hangs in the balance now due to a recently filed lawsuit concerning copyright law.
It was only a short time ago when a New York music fan could borrow a friend's vinyl record and make a cassette tape of the music. In addition to not having to pay to purchase the album, copying the music to a tape made it portable since it was not feasible to carry around one's turntable. The music industry and recording artists complained about this as a violations of copyright law, but they may have had no idea of what technology would allow fans to do in the future.
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.
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.
A group of men took to the stage in the 70s to entertain music lovers with their song and dance talent. They were a costume-oriented group known as The Village People. Many people today still recognize their construction worker, Native American and cowboy persona, in addition to a few others Several members of the original group are currently engaged in a contentious copyright law dispute involving several other management and licensing entities.
There is no question that laws and ethics are having a difficult time keeping up with technology. Some of the most intriguing arguments that arise from the explosion of technological advances include those questions involving copyright law. With the advent of artificial intelligence, the world is seeing works of art seemingly created by computers. Some in New York are wondering who, exactly, owns the rights to those works of art.
Among the options a person can have when a copyright of theirs has been infringed upon is to bring a copyright infringement lawsuit. There are many different ways a copyrighted work a person created could be unlawfully infringed upon. One is if the work is used in a movie without the permission of the copyright holder. Recently, a lawsuit has been brought in which a magazine writer alleges that this occurred to him.