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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The Perils of Using Your Name as a Brand

Thank you Bhavini Mistry for her contribution with this article.What is all the fuss? In 2014 the California-based surfer brand O’Neill sent a “#ceaseanddesist” letter to Thaddeus O’Neil, a designer from Long Island who sells similar surfer clothing.  A “cease and desist” is the first legal step to stop another company from performing certain actions. In this case, O’Neill wants to stop Thaddeus from selling clothes under his name [Thaddeus O’Neil] because it is very…

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