This is Part II of my appearance on Shameless Maya for one of her “Techie Tuesday” episodes. In part one, we talked about the basics of copyright law as it applies to music and licensing, creative commons, and posting videos on YouTube. This continues that conversation, and gets into a discussion of fair use, and the Obama “Hope” Poster by Shepard Fairey.
Listen to the Copyright On! Podcast Episode 4 — it’s a Caselaw Chitchat with Jeff Bowen, the Obie-Award winning composer and lyricist of the Tony-nominated musical [title of show] and “Now. Here. This.” Jeff has been writing songs since he was a kid, and now writes songs that appear all over the modern musical theater landscape. He shares his process, and his insights into the seminal music plagiarism case of Bright Tunes Music v. Harrisongs Music, also known as the “He’s So Fine / My Sweet Lord” case.
You can listen to it here even before it appears on iTunes! Enjoy!
I was the guest on Shameless Maya for one of her “Techie Tuesday” episodes. We talked about the basics of copyright law as it applies to music and licensing, creative commons, and posting videos on YouTube.
On the left, Black Nova, the character created and published independently by Marv Wolfman in 1967. In the middle, The Man Called Nova, the character published by Marvel Comics in 1976, as written by its then-employee Marv Wolfman. The decision in In re: Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc, 254 B.R. 817, 820–22 (D.C. De. 2000) whether or not they are the same character. On the right, a Nova character as depicted in the recent Marvel Studios blockbuster film “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
There is an assumption among comic book fans that Marvel will continue to use the Nova characters in future movies, perhaps even as a title character. But will Marv Wolfman, the creator of Nova, get his due? (more…)
The DMCA is designed to address several subjects, including “anti-circumvention” technology, which is basically how copyright is protected through technical means rather than by function of law. Some examples of anti-circumvention technology include digital rights management (more…)
Attorney’s fees are granted, and scorn is cast broadly copyright over-reachers.
There is yet another arrow in the quiver for those taking aim at keeping classic characters and works out of the public domain. In June I posted about a decision finding that Sherlock Holmes, for all intents and purposes, is in the public domain (more…)