Just Released Book by author of Law on the Row, Barry Neil Shrum, defends copyright

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Authored by Law on the Row creator and blogger, Barry Neil Shrum, Esq., Introduction by The Shark, Daymond John. Should society abolish all intellectual property? In the wake of such grassroots uprisings as the one generated by the SOPA legislation, there is a trend to answer that question in the affirmative, to discount the value of the copyright monopoly established long ago by our society. The movement extends worldwide, as organizations such as Sweden’s Pirate Bay Party and Missionary Church of Kopimism threaten to destroy the universal concept of monopolies for original thought. In the U.S., this historic concept was originated by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson when they drafted the Copyright Clause, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the Constitution, which gives authors and inventors an exclusive right to exploit the fruits of their labors for a limited time. In Origins of an Idea, Mr. Shrum defends the concept of original expression and the Constitutional protection for original ideas against this onslaught of attacks. Through reason and apologetics, from a philosophical and historical perspective, he defends and illustrates the value of the copyright concept and the inherent rights we have in our own original expressions.

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Legal Resources

  1. U.S. Copyright Act (United States Code, Title 17)

  2. Berne Treaty

  3. Lanham Act

  4. U.S. Copyright Office

  5. Forms for Registration of Copyright

  6. U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

  7. Forms for Trademark Application

  8. Entertainment & Sports Law Journal

  9. Recent Copyright Legislation News

  10. International Trademark Association

  11. Music Publishers’ Association’s Resource Links

  12. Copyright Clearance Center

  13. U.S. Copyright Office, Circular 50 (Instructions regarding registration of musical compositions)

  14. U.S. Copyright Office, Circular 56 (Instructions regarding registration of sound recordings)

  15. U.S. Copyright Office, Circular 56a (Discusses distinction between musical composition and sound recording copyrights)

  16. Copyright & Fair Use

  17. Copyright Myths Explained

  18. Copyright Website

  19. The Copyright Society of the USA
  20. R. Mark Halligan’s Trade Secrets Home Page


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