September 27, 2021

Volume XI, Number 270

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September 27, 2021

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EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS: Intellectual Property — Protecting Music (and Other Creative Works) with Copyrights [PODCAST]

In this episode of the EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS: Intellectual Property podcast, Mintz Intellectual Property attorneys Andrew Skale and Daniel Weinger explore copyright protections for music and other creative works. This episode was triggered by Dan’s interest in music copyrights generally and by recent high-profile cases filed by Marvin Gaye’s estate. Dan asks Andrew what musicians, artists, and authors should be aware of when it comes to copyright protection and how to prevent problems from arising in the future. Andrew provides an overview of these issues and digs into other copyright topics, including:

  • The multipart requirements to prove ownership and infringement of a copyright

  • Some famous copyright cases involving music, and what we can learn from them

  • If the reputations of people like George Harrison, Ed Sheeran, and Robin Thicke are damaged by the filing (or subsequent loss) of lawsuits accusing them of infringement

  • The difference between being inspired by a musician or song, and copying the inspiring work

  • The necessity of a written agreement to transfer ownership of copyrights on a creative work you commission for your business (logo, photo for website, jingle, etc.)

  • Why it matters that one can never “unsee” Smaug the dragon from the film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

©1994-2021 Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 189
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About this Author

Daniel B. Weinger Patent Litigation Attorney Mintz Law Firm
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Daniel's practice in intellectual property focuses on patent litigation, both at the International Trade Commission and the Federal District Courts. Daniel has participated in all phases of patent litigation, including active engagement in multiple evidentiary hearings at the International Trade Commission. He has done work in a variety of technology areas, including computer software, software architecture, GPS, network devices, semiconductors, converged devices, and LED lighting.

Prior to joining Mintz Levin, Daniel worked as a database...

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Andrew Skale, Mintz Levin Law Firm, San Diego and Los Angeles, Intellectual Property and Litigation Law Attorney
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Andrew’s practice is focused on litigation involving patents, trademarks, and copyrights along with handling issues with entertainment law. In addition, Andrew has prosecuted hundreds of patents and trademarks before the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Andrew is frequently sought after for his legal expertise. He has appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box and has been featured on KCEO radio as a commentator on intellectual property law. He served as an expert witness on trademark law in California state court and has spoken at the University of...

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