Way back in November, GoldieBlox, Inc. sued the Beastie Boys and a host of others, asking a court to declare that their use of a “parodied” version of the Beastie Boys song “Girls” in their commercial was legal as a protected fair use. After some open letters back and forth, it looked like the case was going away, before the Beastie Boys fired back in December with an Answer and a whole host of counterclaims, essentially accusing GoldieBlox of shameless appropriation in the name of corporate profits (I was interviewed for my thoughts at the time, no big deal). Looked like the parties were entrenched, but now, settlement on the horizon? [Read more…]
One of the most common questions I’ve heard from people thinking about incorporating their business is, “Should I incorporate in Delaware? I’ve heard it’s better.” Typically, the individual doesn’t have any information beyond that, “I’ve heard it’s better,” but everyone seems to have heard that. So the question is, what’s the advantage of incorporating in Delaware, and is that a reason for you to do it?
While there are myriad potential advantages to incorporating in Delaware, the big one is probably not what you’d think: The Delaware Court of Chancery. [Read more…]
Almost nobody reads the fine print on any website or online service, you hit the “Agree” button and move on your way, comfortable in the knowledge that you’ll soon be listening to the hippity hop, or snapchatting, or whatever it is the kids are doing online these days. Well, if you’re an Instagram user, it’s important to take a look at the Terms of Service that are going into effect on January 16, 2013, and it’s a reminder to take a look at the TOS for any service that has the potential to put your personal info out there (read: most free online services). What are these new terms to be aware of? Glad you asked…
As you may have heard, tattoo artist Victor Whitmill is suing Warner Brothers in an attempt to gain money damages and enjoin the release of their film, The Hangover Part 2. Why? Because he put a tattoo on Mike Tyson’s face, and that same tattoo ends up on the face of Ed Helms’ character in the movie. Wow. It’s taken me a little while to process the awesome ridiculousness of this situation. One of the reasons I love copyright law is because all the seminal cases deal with terrific subject matter (A 2 Live Crew song called Hairy Woman? Yeah, that’s precedent.), but I never could have seen this one coming. Let’s delve a little deeper into the issues at play (with full complaint below)…
Every once in a while even a lawyer needs a field trip, and for a lawyer that likes to work with creative people, a sculpture park and museum is as good a place to go as any. So last week I took a break from my regularly scheduled volunteering in Boston Housing Court and made my way out to Lincoln, MA. In addition to finding out that the men and women of Lincoln are a barn-loving people, I discovered the deCordova Sculpture Park and Musuem, which is hosting the collection Drawing With Code: Works from the Anne and Michael Spalter Collection through April 24th. As part of my duties volunteering for the upcoming Boston CyberArts Festival, I did a write up on their blog detailing my experience, so go check that out here, and then get out and have your own art field trip.