Stan Lee, the Creator Who Mismanaged His Intellectual Property

Stan Lee died yesterday, November 12th, 2018, and the super-heroes are mourning. He was a pop culture revolutionary, a writer, an editor, and publisher of superheroes’ stories that where human, complete with self-doubts and fragility who, nonetheless, overcame their flaws to triumph against villains. He was a prolific producer of wealth, but not for himself. Films based on his characters have produced approximately 24 billions of dollars worldwide, according to an estimate by The Numbers,…

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Client Spotlight: NX-Nardcotix Fiercely Protects Its Electronic Designs on Second Life

There is a world where all your little heart’s desires can come true: You live in a beautiful custom-designed mansion with a sparkling swimming pool where you gather your beautiful, model-like friends while you sashay a firm, bikini-clad body, martini in hand. It is called Second Life. Second Life is a virtual word launched in 2003 which has approximately a million regular users. Users create avatars of themselves to interact with places, objects, and other…

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Bill Modernizes Licensing Between Music and Streaming Services

The music industry scored a major victory last week with the help of the current administration, when President Trump signed a long-awaited bill called The Music Modernization Act (H.R. 1551) on Thursday, October 11th, 2018. Surrounded by well know musicians, president Trump updated the intersection of Intellectual Property, streaming services, and music, reforming the licensing landscape and finalizing landmark reform to the United States copyright law. This new bill adapts the law to the digital…

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Aretha Franklin died without a will. Her Intellectual Property is also at stake

Aretha Franklin’s funeral was fit for the Queen she was, complete with four changes of outfits and several public viewings. To express their admiration and gratitude, her fans traveled from faraway places to be close to her in her final tour. The famous interpreter of RESPECT and Natural Woman died August the 16th, 2018 at the age of 76. Her voice and songs made her the Queen of Soul and the creator of invaluable intellectual property difficult to…

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Ed Sheeran and Tim McGraw sued for song copyright violation

Famous musicians, Ed Sheeran and Tim McGraw, are battling a lawsuit against Sean Carey and Beau Golden for copyrighting Carey/Golden’s 2014 song “When I Found You”. Ed Sheeran co-wrote Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s song “Rest of Our Life” which became very popular and climbed in the music charts. The Australian duo Carey/Golden claims the song deliberately copies the music notes and the overall theme from their 2014 song. You can hear a layered comparison…

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Padmaavat: Bollywood film making the zealots crazy

Contribution by Bhavini Mistry In 2017 protests erupted across India over the production of a Bollywood film based on a sixteenth-century historical poem called Padmaavat. The story revolves around a married Hindu queen named Padmaavati and a Muslim emperor named Alauddin Khilji who becomes obsessed with her. The dispute in India arose from the fact that it is a story of forbidden love between a Muslim man and Hindu woman. Moreover, the story highlights conflicts…

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