Tag Archives: copyright

Why is the famous “I [heart] New York” logo protected by trademark and not copyright?  At first glance, you’d think that it’s artwork, and therefore can be protected by copyright.  However, the Copyright Act protects “original works of authorship.” The “I [heart] New York” logo is merely a phrase, with the word “love” replaced by […]

Last January, readers may recall our article about Georgia v. Public Resource Org Inc. (“PRO”).  At the time, that case had been successfully appealed to the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS). We now have a decision.  PRO involved the issue of whether the Official Code of Georgia Annotated [OCGA] was subject to copyright protection.  Here were the facts: Georgia publishes and sells the […]

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 […]

The Philly Phanatic has been a mainstay of Philadelphia culture since he arrived on our shores in 1978.  But did you know that the Phanatic has been the subject of numerous lawsuits? He’s even been called “the most sued mascot in baseball.”  His most recent lawsuit involves the facts surrounding his birth. It’s a long, convoluted story so we’ll just briefly review the facts […]

For the first time in over 100 years, on June 24, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case, Georgia v. Public Resource Org Inc., to decide “whether the government edicts doctrine extends to works that lack the force of law, such as annotations in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated [OCGA].” What is the “government edicts” […]

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 […]

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 […]

In many parts of the world, authors and artists also own “moral rights” in their works.  Moral rights include the “right of attribution, the right to have a work published anonymously or pseudonymously, and the right to the integrity of the work.”  The “right to integrity” means that right to object to the “distortion, or […]