Monday, December 22, 2014
 


Copyright Office releases the official version of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices

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Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante has released the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition (the “Third Edition”). The first major revision in more than two decades, the Third Editon presents more than 1200 pages of administrative practices and sets the stage for a number of long-term improvements in registration and recordation policy. It is effective as of December 22, 2014, and is the governing administrative manual for registrations and recordations issued by the Office on or after that date.

 

Koons Foursome or, “Infringement is not a mathematical formula.”

Jeff Koons, Fait d'Hiver (1988) Photo: Courtesy Christie's via artnet Price Database

Jeff Koons, Fait d’Hiver (1988) Photo: Courtesy Christie’s via artnet Price Database

According to Artnet, “Jeff Koons has been accused of plagiarizing a 1985 advertisement for French Clothing brand Naf Naf. Franck Davidovici, the Frenchman who created the ad in question, has claimed that Koons’s sculpture Fait d’Hiver (1988) is a blatant copy of his work.”

 

FBI and LAPD Recover Artworks

According to the LA Times, “Nine works of art that were stolen six years ago in one of the largest art heists in L.A. history have been recovered by investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI.”

 

Monkey-Selfie Guy Still Thinks He Has Copyright

The infamous Macaca Nigra selfie (via Wikimedia)

The infamous Macaca Nigra selfie (via Wikimedia)

I guess having the U.S. Copyright Office issue a draft of its Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices and specifically point out that photos taken by monkeys are a good example of something that can’t be registered is not enough. There’s hope, and there’s Obama hope. Good luck with that, buddy!

 

Is the Portrayal of Unprotected Sex a Matter of Free Speech?

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A Los Angeles voter-approved law that requires actors in pornographic films to wear condoms was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals over the objection of adult-film makers, who claim the portrayal of unprotected sex is a matter of free speech.

 

Do Artists Always Own What They Create?

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Here’s a good overview of copyright and the work-for-hire doctrine. Definitely a must-read if you hire others to create for you and/or if you are hired by others to create for them. If you think you know the legal definitions of “employee” and “independent contractor,” think again!

 

American Eagle and “Ahol Sniffs Glue” Settle Copyright Suit

According to Law 360, American Eagle Outfitters has reached a settlement with artist David Anasagasti, aka Ahol Sniffs Glue, who claimed the American Eagle infringed his copyrighted graffiti works in an advertising campaign.

Earlier story here.

 
 
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