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NFTs & Copyright Law


What is an NFT, and how does copyright law come into play? The term NFT stands for “non-fungible token”. A Bitcoin is a fungible token, just like dollars are fungible. One Bitcoin is the same as another, exactly as one U.S. dollar is equal to any other U.S. dollar. Unlike Bitcoins or dollars, each NFT is unique. An NFT is a digital certificate of ownership. It’s simply a way of stating, and verifying, who is the owner of any digital asset, such as a piece of art. The reason anyone cares about NFTs is that they make it easy for…

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Should You Register Your Logo With the Copyright Office?


This is Part 3 of a series of blog posts about logos. Here are Part 1, “Who Owns Your Logo?” and Part 2, “Should You Register Your Logo As a Trademark?” So, to summarize, you own your logo, and you’ve considered whether to register it with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The final step is to decide whether you should register the logo with the U.S. Copyright Office. [If you want to skip to the bottom line: the cost to register your logo with the Copyright Office is low, and the benefits can be huge. You should probably…

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Who Owns Your Logo?


This is Part 2 of a 3-part series of blog posts about logos. Click here for Part 2, “Should You Register Your Logo as a Trademark?” Click here for Part 3, “Should You Register Your Logo With the Copyright Office?” Who owns your logo? That sounds like a pretty simple question. You own your logo, right? Well, it’s not always quite that simple, and in this blog post I’m going to explain why this is a question I often end up asking my clients. If you yourself personally designed the logo for your business, with no help or input from…

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Podcaster Hit With Copyright Lawsuit for Unlicensed Music


I’ve been writing and speaking for several years about the likelihood of lawsuits concerning unlicensed music in podcasts. See, for example, my 2015 blog post “Can I Play Music On My Podcast?” Spoiler Alert: The answer is “no, unless you have the proper licenses.” Recently, a podcaster was sued for copyright infringement for doing exactly that – playing popular music on a podcast without the appropriate license. To my knowledge, this is the first time that this has been the subject of a lawsuit, but I doubt it will be the last. Universal Music Group (“UMG”), one of the world’s…

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