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By Laura Popp-Rosenberg, Partner
The Supreme Court rules that a feature of the design of a useful article is eligible for copyright if, when identified and imagined apart from the useful article, it would qualify as a work eligible for copyright protection.
By Jonathan Bailey
In attempting to create technological solutions to legal challenges, YouTube created an entirely new legal system.
By Gretchen McCord, J.D., M.S.I.S., Attorney, Law Offices of Gretchen McCord
Excerpts from the book Fair Use: The Secrets No One Tells You.
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Gretchen McCord, J.D., M.S.I.S., Editor
Question: My university has been dealing with the reuse of images from websites that specifically disallow reuse of their images on university-run blogs. It has been difficult to communicate to our faculty and students why fair use might not even come into play. If a license disallows any type of use, does that supercede privileges normally granted under fair use? Does contract law trump copyright law, and is there any gray area on this topic?
Question: Can my library use the initials “NFL” for a program name? We are thinking:
N – nurturing
F – family
L – learning
or something along those lines.
Question: I see people promoting their expertise by including brand logos on their web pages, promotional materials, book covers, etc. For example, it might say “As seen on” or “As appeared in,” followed by the logo of NBC, CBS, ABC, or CNN. Aren’t the logos the intellectual property of the media companies? Does using the logos imply some kind of endorsement by the company? It seems to me that this use of the logos could be “problematic,” but it also seems unlikely to me that all the people I see doing this have obtained permission. What’s the deal?
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