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intellectual property

Copyright / Social Media

Is someone stealing your Instagram posts?

Here are 10 things to know about copyright infringement on Instagram and other social media platforms… and what you can do about it. 1. If your post is original content, it’s likely protected by copyright law automatically. Copyright arises automatically in original works fixed in a tangible medium of expression. This means that from the moment an author, artist or photographer expresses something unique in a physical, auditory or visual way, the creator obtains an intellectual property right in their work. For most works, the protection lasts for 70 years from the death of the creator, although this varies on a…

Intellectual Property / Privacy Law / Social Media

A Lawyer’s Take on Social Media Misdeeds: Part 1

There are many reasons why you might want content removed from someone else’s website or social media feed. Some of the most frequent grounds for complaint concern copyright or trade mark infringement. Defamation and harassment are also common painpoints, as are privacy and data protection concerns. This post, which is the first in a series, provides an overview of nine common offenses people commit on social media.

Artificial Intelligence / Film and TV

Using AI in Film Studio Decision-Making

An “auteur” is a film director who influences their films so much that they rank as an author, and the auteur theory of filmmaking is one that frames the director as the primary creative force in a motion picture. Are we moving into an era in which artificial intelligence algorithm – rather than the auteur – is behind the magic of the movies? In this article for JURIST, I consider several legal and social implications of using AI in the film industry. The global movie industry generated over $43 (£33) billion in revenue in 2018, of which the United States’ contribution…

Brands / Counterfeiting / Legal Contracts

From A to P: Amazon’s Third-Party Problem

With Christmas ‘only’ two months away, many of us will soon be turning to Amazon for our holiday shopping. But recently, the company has received heavy criticism regarding counterfeited items and expired food sold by third-party vendors. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal Tech Live Conference this week, one of the company’s top managers explained the company is prepared to spend billions to combat the problem. Some of us (myself included!) will remember that Amazon began as an online bookseller 25 years ago in Seattle, Washington at the height of the dot.com boom. Two years later, America’s largest bookseller Barnes &…

Film and TV / Intellectual Property

“The Wife” and rights of attribution: an intellectual property perspective

In The Wife, Glenn Close plays Joan Castleman, the steadfast and amenable wife of celebrated novelist Joseph Castleman. But when Joe wins the Nobel Prize in Literature, things start to unravel between them. Is there more to Joan’s support than meets the eye? In this post, I consider the merits of a hypothetical intellectual property dispute between the couple, and an often-neglected right in particular. We first meet Joan Castleman – The Wife – the evening before her husband, celebrated novelist Joseph Castleman, wins the Nobel Prize in Literature. Praise and adoration for Joe’s prolific and highly acclaimed body of work are subsequently lavished…