intellectual property

This dancing baby is defending fair use on the Internet

by Carl Natale on October 30, 2010

Basically, copyright law says you can’t perform a song without paying royalties. There are fair use provisions that say you can use portions in transformative works. What fair use means is one of the reasons why there are intellectual property lawyers. It’s a fuzzy concept. That fuzziness gets exploited by infringers and copyright holders. Perhaps […]

Two copyright lawyers walk into a bar…

by Carl Natale on October 11, 2010

Stop me if you heard this. No not because I can get sued. You see it’s possible to re-tell a joke that someone else wrote. There is no copyright on jokes. But the delivery is another matter. So a comedian’s performance of a joke can be protected. It takes more than words to be funny. […]