Copyright Law

It’s All About the Mouse: Protecting Disney Has Thwarted Public Works

When I first started practicing law in 1986, copyright in a piece was easy to determine. It lasted 28 years from date of publication and then could be renewed for another 28 years. That gave the author a good 56 years of exclusive ownership to profit from: then the work became the world’s – public […]

Copyright Law General

Bring Me the Head of Winnie The Pooh!

I don’t usually write about pending cases, but I had to just tell everyone about my latest clients.  They are two Midwestern school teachers, husband and wife, who decided to supplement their income by running a kids’ party company in the summer.  They bought all of the old inflatable items of a defunct party company […]