Monthly Archives: April 2012

For Once, A Counterfeiter We Can All Get Behind (well, most of us anyway)…

Did you see the New York Times story on admitted counterfeiter Hyman Strachman, street name: “Big Hy?” Big Hy is not selling his bootleg DVD’s out of the trunk of his car in his hood or at Long Island flea markets.He’s sending them by the carton-load to US Troops overseas and he has been doing so for nearly ten years. Big Hy is not involved in an organized criminal enterprise–he’s a 92-yr old Jewish military veteran who spends his days and his disposable income making sure our soldiers get to see the movies that everyone at home is talking about–The Hangover, The King’s Speech, and Moneyball, just to name a few examples.

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EU Ruling Allows ISP’s to Provide User Data to Copyright Holders

The European Union’s highest court ruled Thursday that national data retention laws do not prevent Internet service providers from sharing customer information that copyright holders can use to identify individuals that they believe have engaged in illegal file-sharing.

Churches and Other Not-For-Profits Face Unique Issues When Determining Who Owns the Intellectual Property They Create

Churches and other not-for-profits are filled with creative people that are…well….creating. Ministers are writing sermons and books, music leaders are writing beautiful choruses, graphics people and web designers are illustrating messages and the website with fantastic and sophisticated creations. These items that are created as the organization fulfills its mission are works of intellectual property. Creative works like the ones described above are subject to copyright law. Who owns this intellectual property? The organization or the individual that created it?

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The Ray Charles Foundation sues Ray’s Children Over Copyrights

One of my all-time favorite singers is in the news this week. The Ray Charles Foundation, a charitable organization founded by Ray Charles to fund research and provide education relating to hearing loss, sued seven of Charles’ twelve children recently for allegedly breaching an agreement they made with their father regarding their rights to his musical compositions. According to the complaint, Mr. Charles gathered his children around him in December of 2002, Continue reading