Copyright and Creative Commons: What to Do with My Bundle of Sticks?

I remember sitting in my Property Law class as a first year law student and learning about the “bundle of sticks,” a metaphor law school professors use to describe property law. In short, each property right is a “stick” taken together as a “bundle.” For example, the property management company that owns my apartment owns … Read more

Welcome to the Multiverse: Derivative Works

Copyright ownership is often referred to as a “bundle of rights.” In other words, when you own the copyright on a particular artistic work, you not only own the right to copy and sell the work, but also the right to create derivative works (modifications or new expressions, based on the original), perform the work … Read more

Tiktok Creators Making Major Moves In the Copyright World

Late last month, a little clock-app and a handful of online creators made moves that are likely to permanently alter the existing copyright landscape. That’s right, Tiktok, an app with over 689 million active monthly users, and creators like Keara Wilson (the dancer who choreographed the insanely viral Savage Challenge dance to the Megan Thee … Read more

Cyberpunk 2077 – A Good Lesson in Copyright vs. Trademark

Cyberpunk 2077 is the 2020\2021 equivalent of Duke Nukem Forever: Protracted development timeline, multiple delays, and upon eventual release – mixed reviews. Although Cyberpunk certainly faired much better than Nukem did from a gameplay and critical reception standpoint – the legal fallout experienced by CD Projekt (developer of Cyberpunk) has been decidedly much worse. Not … Read more

Narrow Auto-Dialing Definition Broadens Text

NARROW AUTO-DIALING DEFINITION BROADENS TEXT I wrote this post last year, but the US Supreme Court has been busy since then addressing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).  In April of 2021, they unanimously overturned the Ninth Circuit’s broad interpretation of an autodialer in Facebook v. Duguin.  The opinion states that a notification system that … Read more

Education Software Beware: Updates to Illinois SOPPA Law

            On July 1st, the threshold requirements ramped up for Illinois schools and the software vendors that provide them services under the Illinois Student Online Personal Privacy Act (SOPPA). Most of the new requirements fall within the purview of the schools, such as maintaining a publicly available list of all software vendors providing software to … Read more

A Cut of What?

Royalties, the Net v. Gross Profit Distinction, and Dolly Parton. Part 3 In last week’s installment we defined both net and gross profits and established that both measurements are interconnected. Determining the gross profit is an essential steppingstone in finding the net profit. This final installment will have a startingly lack of Dolly Parton fun … Read more

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