Ask Dr. Copyright

25Jun 2020

Dear Doc: During this social isolation, I’ve started a new hobby…I’m a podcaster! I record myself saying fascinating things and then I publish the audio files on the Internet. Lately, I’ve learned that podcasts are more interesting if you use music to mark “intros”, “outros” and transitions. Please tell me that I’m not going to […]

28May 2020

Dear Doc:I know that self-isolating and social distancing has changed what each of us does every day. What has the Doc been up to, and what’s new in intellectual property?Signed,Concerned Reader Dear CR: Don’t worry too much about the Doc. He’s been keeping busy in some interesting ways lately… First, a client of LW&H has […]

26Mar 2020
Hyperlinking an Image Copyright infringement

Dear Doc: The most basic feature of the design of the World Wide Web is the hyperlink, which allows a browser to display elements of content stored on a web server. The great power of the Web is that the content need not be stored on the same server that hosts a page. Displaying content […]

23Jan 2020
Question on a Keyboard

Dear Doc: I know that you sometimes answer intellectual property questions that are not strictly about copyright, so here’s one for you… I know that folks may register just about any available word as a domain name on the Internet, using one of the many Top Level Domains (TLDs) like .com, .org, or .biz. I also […]

26Dec 2019
Question on a Keyboard

Dear Doc: I have a question about reversionary rights in works made for hire under US copyright law. Blah, blah, blah, blah… Signed,Copyright Law Geek Dear CLG: Perhaps a recent announcement will clarify your understanding of this complicated and arcane area of the law… According to recent press reports, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean […]

28Nov 2019
Question on a Keyboard

Dear Doc: I’ve heard that politicians who use music at their campaign appearances and in their Internet postings (Tweets, Memes, and other stuff) need to get permission from the music artists, and that sometimes, they don’t. What happens then? Signed,Dazed and Confused   Dear D&C:The basic rule of copyright is that unless use of a […]

19Sep 2019
Question on a Keyboard

Dear Doc: I know that in the past you have said (complained, actually) that copyrights last far too long…for the life of the author plus another 75 years (or 95 years for corporate-authored works.) That said, it was not always the case that the term was so extensive. How can I know if a book […]