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Ninth Circuit finds publicity claim preempted by Copyright Act and grants infringement standing to performer as company’s sole employee: Jules Jordan v. 144942 Canada Inc. (Aug. 16, 2010)

Gasper, an adult movie actor, was the president and sole shareholder of Jules Jordan Video (JJV), the creator of the videos in which Gasper appeared. Gasper and JJV filed a copyright action against defendants, alleging that they had copied and sold copyrighted adult DVDs owned by JJV or Gasper and...

Are You Sure You Own the Copyrights in Your Code? - Presented by Suffolk Law School

As part of the Suffolk Law School Podcast Series , Samuel Miller , of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz , PC, recently discussed his article, Are You Sure You Own the Copyrights in Your Code? Works for Hire: Employees vs. Contractors In discussing code ownership and works made for hire...

Who's the Author? A Bright-Line Rule for Specially Commissioned Works Made for Hire

By Richard D. Palmieri* *J.D. Candidate 2013, University of Richmond School of Law; M.S., 2005, North Carolina State University; B.S., 2003, North Carolina State University. Excerpt from Who's the Author? A Bright-Line Rule for Specially Commissioned Works Made for Hire , 46 U. Rich. L. Rev...

Funkadelic Federal Case Shows that George Clinton Can’t Protect His Priceless Songs from Judgment Creditors

Value doesn't always equate to money. Remember those "Priceless" MasterCard commercials. It would be painful if "priceless" things could be forced out of our lives, say for example, to pay a debt. Imagine if a court ordered you to give up your child's finger paintings...