Product Placement

I remember back in 1991 I was reading American Psycho, the Bret Easton Ellis novel about the yuppie serial killer and sexual sadist who was also fixated on material luxury items – Hermes ties, Bruno Magli shoes, Corneliani suits, cashmere gloves and other fetishistic items – that served as a kind of shorthand for [...]

By |2019-10-10T21:45:39+00:00September 19th, 2019|Copyrights, Entertainment, Trademarks|0 Comments

Creative Commons

When Larry Lessig came up with the idea for the Creative Commons, he intended to create an alternative licensing system that would solve copyright registration problems in the United States. While admirable, the idea in many respects serves to enshrine the current copyright regime as a monarchy and forces us to accommodate that system. [...]

By |2019-10-01T22:21:30+00:00September 16th, 2019|Entertainment, International, Trademarks|0 Comments

First Sale Doctrine

In 2013, the United States Supreme Court heard the case of Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., which involves the application of the copyright laws to the time-honored American tradition of buying cheap and selling dear. The facts in Kirtsaeng were straightforward. A foreign graduate student studying mathematics at USC realized one day [...]

By |2019-10-01T22:21:52+00:00August 29th, 2019|Copyrights, International, Trademarks|0 Comments