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Case Analysis: The Supreme Court Rules a Plaintiff May Claim Over a Decade’s Worth of Damages for a Copyright Claim Involving a Song by the Artist Flo Rida

Case Analysis: Copyright Claim Involving Artist Flo Rida

May 13, 2024 |  By: David Trinnes   The Supreme Court recently ruled 6-3 in the case of Warner Chappell Music, Inc., et al. v. Nealy, et al.[1] that producer Sherman Nealy may claim damages for an unlicensed sample of his work used in Flo Rida’s 2008 hit song “In the Ayer.”  The infringing activity,… Continue reading Case Analysis: The Supreme Court Rules a Plaintiff May Claim Over a Decade’s Worth of Damages for a Copyright Claim Involving a Song by the Artist Flo Rida

The Ink is Not Dry on Fair Use in Tattoos: Kat Von D’s Copyright Win Leaves Open Questions

The Ink is Not Dry on Fair Use in Tattoos: Kat Von D’s Copyright Win Leaves Open Questions

March 27, 2024 |  By: Michael Shafer   It’s no secret to anyone looking around the tattooed American public that people want copyrighted works permanently inked into their skin. People often use tattoos as tributes to media and public figures who have inspired them throughout their lives. This drive to pay homage through tattoos necessarily… Continue reading The Ink is Not Dry on Fair Use in Tattoos: Kat Von D’s Copyright Win Leaves Open Questions

Common Intellectual Property Disputes for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs with innovative products, services, or creative works may be vulnerable to intellectual property disputes. Learn about the risks to your business.

January 18, 2023 |  By: Thomas Dunlap Entrepreneurs often invest significant time, effort, and resources in developing new products, services, creative works, and technologies. This intellectual property is a valuable asset that requires protection from competitors who might copy or otherwise exploit it without permission. Of course, these claims go both ways: you need to… Continue reading Common Intellectual Property Disputes for Entrepreneurs

Judge Dismisses Sarah Silverman’s “Nonsensical” Copyright Claims Against Meta: Lessons for AI Developers

Judge Dismisses Sarah Silverman’s “Nonsensical” Copyright Claims Against Meta: Lessons for AI Developers

December 11, 2023   |   By: Daniel Davis   A California federal judge recently dismissed several copyright infringement claims brought by comedian Sarah Silverman and other writers against Meta Platforms, Inc (“Meta”), Facebook’s parent company.[1] In their lawsuit, the writers claim that Meta used illegal copies of their books to develop the company’s Large Language Model… Continue reading Judge Dismisses Sarah Silverman’s “Nonsensical” Copyright Claims Against Meta: Lessons for AI Developers

Borrowing Music: Basics of Cover Songs and Using Samples in Sound Recordings

New software, sampler plug-ins and royalty-free sample libraries have made using samples in sound recordings easier than ever. Copyright law

Borrowing Music: Basics of Cover Songs and Using Samples in Sound Recordings   September 13, 2023   |   By: Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig   Under the U.S. Copyright Act, a copyright owner has the exclusive right to publish, reproduce, alter, revise, distribute, publicly perform, and/or display the work and otherwise exploit such work, including for sound… Continue reading Borrowing Music: Basics of Cover Songs and Using Samples in Sound Recordings

Patent Examiner Interview: What’s the Upside?

The upside of an examiner interview is multifaceted. The prosecution of Utility Patent Applications filed before the USPTO...

August 23, 2023   |   By: Daniel Finnegan Do Not Underestimate the Upside of a Patent Examiner Interview!   For those familiar with the prosecution of Utility Patent Applications filed before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), it is understood if not expected that (after a long wait) the first correspondence from the USPTO… Continue reading Patent Examiner Interview: What’s the Upside?

Who Owns the Rights to Employee Inventions?

Who has the ownership rights to a patentable invention, the employee or the company they work for? The rights for employee inventions...

August 16, 2023   |   By: Mark Magas and William Flachsbart   Who Owns the Rights to Employee Inventions?   One question we commonly hear from inventors is whether they have ownership rights to a patentable idea they conceived while working for a company. The answer can be quite tricky.   “The general rule is that… Continue reading Who Owns the Rights to Employee Inventions?

Andy Warhol at the Supreme Court: For Fair Use, Context Matters

June 2, 2023   |  By: David Ludwig   ​Ever since Marcel Duchamp put a urinal on the wall of an art gallery and titled it “Fountain,” we have known that context matters in the art world. From the “found object” art movement to Andy Warhol’s prints of the iconic Campbell’s Soup cans, artists have challenged… Continue reading Andy Warhol at the Supreme Court: For Fair Use, Context Matters

AI Art & Copyright: Artificial intelligence or Artfully Infringing?

April 7, 2023   Part 2 Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become increasingly prevalent in the world of art, leading to new forms of creative expression that challenge our conventional notions on what constitutes art. AI-generated art is created using algorithms and machine learning, which allow computers to learn from and mimic human behavior. However, this… Continue reading AI Art & Copyright: Artificial intelligence or Artfully Infringing?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) as Author or Artist?

March 29, 2023   |   By: Tom Dunlap   The issue of original works of art and authorship created by artificial intelligence (AI) raises several questions about authorship, ownership, and protection under United States copyright law. As the law stands, before the rapid rise of AI, there wasn’t really a question of who the creator of… Continue reading Artificial Intelligence (AI) as Author or Artist?

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As part of our effort to recruit, develop and retail the best and brightest attorneys, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig offers a summer intern program for promising law school students who are looking to work as part of an innovative and incredibly successful team. With a global team of lawyers, selected candidates are able to work on high level projects in a collaborative space.

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At Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, our team of paralegals and staff work together collaboratively along side our attorneys toward a common goal. We have created a positive work environment where our paralegals and legal assistants work to successfully reach firm-wide goals and support each other to combine individual strengths to enhance team performance. They regularly assist our attorneys with organizing and maintaining files, conducting legal research, and preparing documents.