Tag Archives: Ask Dr. Copyright

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 […]

Dear Doc: I hear that although a monkey can’t own a copyright, a cat can be both a copyright and a trademark, and is worth a whole lot of money. What gives? Judges don’t like monkeys, but love kitties? What kind of law is that? Signed, Confused Cat Lover Dear CCL: Like anything in the […]

Dear Doc:   When I joined MegaCorp, I was “asked” (well, told, actually) to sign a nondisclosure agreement that limits what I can do with any trade secrets I may learn while doing my job. That agreement says that I can’t tell a single, solitary soul, and that if I do, MegaCorp will, I guess, […]

Dear Doc: I heard that there is almost never a final step in the onward march of copyright law. What, exactly, does that mean? Signed, Dazed and Confuzed Dear D&C: It means that, as the late, great Yogi Berra (may he forever whisper in the Almighty’s ear) said, “It ain’t over ’till it’s over!”  For […]

Ask Dr. Copyright … Dear Doc: Some time ago, I wrote to you about the song “Happy Birthday” and the law suit over whether restaurants and film makers must still pay royalties if they sing it in public. Has anything new happened? Signed,  Happy Birthdad Dear Hap (can I still call you that?)… Funny you should ask! […]