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Secret Blend of 11 Herbs: Three Things to Know about the 2016 Defend Trade Secrets Acts

By Drew Harris How delicious are those 11 “secret herbs and spices” assembled by Harland Sanders in 1930 for his popular “Kentucky Fried Chicken” sold at his local service station? It was so “finger lickin’ good” popular that the Governor Ruby Laffoon proclaimed him a “Colonel” and he started franchising his chicken business. But rather [...]

Lessons Learned: Ghostwriter Tony Schwartz disparages Trump and his book “The Art of the Deal”

  By Erin Thiele and Barry Neil Shrum, Esq. In the mid-1980s, Donald Trump approached Tony Schwartz to ghost write his autobiography.  At this point in time, Trump was in his early 30s and did not have a great deal of life experiences about which to write a personal biography.  So, according to Schwartz, he [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:36+00:00 August 18th, 2016|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News|Comments Off on Lessons Learned: Ghostwriter Tony Schwartz disparages Trump and his book “The Art of the Deal”

Sorting out the DOJ Ruling and its impact on performance rights

The first of the month (August 2016), the Department of Justice issued a summary of findings with regard to two court orders that govern the operation of two of the U.S. performing rights organizations (the “PRO’s”), ASCAP and BMI.  If it stands, the decision will also affect the third PRO, SESAC.Songwriters and music publishers around [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:37+00:00 August 8th, 2016|Client Activity, Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Publishing, Music Row Nashville, Music Row News, Nashville, Songwriting|Comments Off on Sorting out the DOJ Ruling and its impact on performance rights

Monkey See, Monkey Do?

by Erin Thiele and Morgan Wisted            NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE.  Casey Dienel is suing Justin Bieber and his producer, Sonny Moore, p/k/a Skrillex, (among other defendants) for copyright infringement involving her song, Ring the Bell, from which she claims the Bieb stole musical riffs for his hit Sorry.  She claims that the [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:38+00:00 July 7th, 2016|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Law, Music Row Nashville|Comments Off on Monkey See, Monkey Do?

Lockean Theory of property and its impact on the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and modern day Copyright Law

“[E]very man has a property in his own person. This nobody has any right to but himself. The labour of his body, and the work of his hands, we may say, are properly his….”[1] John Locke - a political and social philosopher of 17th Century Enlightenment England and the father of “Classical Liberalism” - was [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:40+00:00 May 13th, 2015|Copyright Issues, Creative, Entertainment Law, Music Law|Comments Off on Lockean Theory of property and its impact on the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and modern day Copyright Law

In the Thicke of Things: Reprise – THE VERDICT: THEY’VE “GOT TO GIVE IT UP”

My associate, John Inniger, does a nice job of covering the basics of the Thicke/Williams litigation against the estate of Marvin Gaye in this LOR post. But since a jury verdict in favor of the Gaye Estate rendered a $7.1M verdict earlier this month, the social media and blogosphere has been abuzz with commentary pro and con on [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:41+00:00 March 25th, 2015|Copyright Issues, Nashville|Comments Off on In the Thicke of Things: Reprise – THE VERDICT: THEY’VE “GOT TO GIVE IT UP”

In the Thicke of things

Robin Thicke  and  Pharrell Williams spent 2013 on the top of the charts with their hit  Blurred Lines, but due to allegations of copyright infringement suit leveled by the children  of legendary singer Marvin Gaye they also spent much of 2014 in a court proceedings. And did they put on a show. The saga began [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:41+00:00 February 4th, 2015|Copyright Issues, Litigation, Songwriting|Comments Off on In the Thicke of things

Considering a new U.S. copyright act

Is it time for Congress to draft a replacement for the 1976 Copyright Law? In point of fact, the law was drafted almost half a decade ago now and its last major amendment came in 1998 with the addition of the DMCA. Many argue that the advent of digital technology, driven of course by the [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:43:57+00:00 December 11th, 2014|Copyright Issues, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Publishing, Technology|Comments Off on Considering a new U.S. copyright act

Gorilla Photographer: When is a photograph original?

Written by Amber Shultz* Edited by Barry Neil Shrum, Esq. A recent headline on the BBC News was “Jersey Gorilla Turns Photographer at Durrell Park.” The story was about a silverback gorilla at Durrell Wildlife Park in New Jersey named Ya Kwanza, who was given a high-definition camera in an indestructible box. While examining the [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:00+00:00 July 2nd, 2013|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Law|Comments Off on Gorilla Photographer: When is a photograph original?

The Truth Shall Set Us Free: Copyrights in Biblical Translations

By Bennett L. McMordie, ed. by Barry Neil Shrum “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:02+00:00 December 1st, 2011|Copyright Issues|Comments Off on The Truth Shall Set Us Free: Copyrights in Biblical Translations