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What the Phillie Phanatic Lawsuit Teaches Us

The Philadelphia Phillies’ mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, may soon not be the property of the Phillies.  How and why this could be are interesting questions that teach us a part of copyright law that not everyone is aware of.  A little background regarding the Phillie Phanatic is appropriate, but I don’t want to get hung […]

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Deepfakes

It’s hard to deny our affinity for creativity when it comes to enhancing selfies, vacation photos, or everyday moments with friends. Photo alteration, or manipulation, has been around for more than a century. Ansel Adams enthusiasts know he manipulated his distinct landscape images by creating darkroom exposure techniques. These days, filters on Snapchat and Instagram […]

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YouTube Music Protection

As a content creator, it’s important to know the rules when it come to making, editing, and publishing videos on YouTube.  One aspect of creating videos for YouTube is having great music to accompany your video which will emcourage the viewer to keep watching.  According to Time Magazine, we now have a shorter attention span […]

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What do I do if someone is copying my website?

Your company’s website is one of the most important pieces of your Business Plan. With more and more news of “The Retail Apocalypse” hitting brick and mortar stores like Sears, J.C. Penney, and Victoria’s Secret; it’s important to ensure your website is bringing you the business you need while simultaneously standing out from the competition. […]

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Darth Vader and the Copyright Issues

Photograph by Mike, distributed under a CC-BY 2.0 license. Most Star Wars fans have now seen the Darth Vader video titled “Vader Episode 1: Shards of the Past” on YouTube, created by Star Wars Theory.  Star Wars Theory is a popular Star Wars-focused YouTube channel that typically generates revenue from ads.  However, prior to the […]

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What is a “Poor Man’s Copyright?”

A lot of us have heard of a “poor man’s copyright” where you simply mail yourself something you want to have copyrighted. You then do not open the envelope and it is sealed with your copyrighted material, dated with the USPS stamp. But is that a real thing? Know the facts First and foremost, in […]

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What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property (IP) is a term that includes property that essentially comes from the mind, including trademarks, copyrights, patents, and, to a lesser extent, trade secrets. It is vital to understand the difference between the types of IP in order to determine what you and your business needs. Simply put, you copyright your expression of […]

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Protecting Intellectual Property

2018 Pro Bono IP Fair

A Familiar Story Imagine creating something amazing. It’s well made and appreciated by your peers and shared among them. You spend time thinking and rethinking your work, making it better and better only to find someone has stolen your work and now you don’t have any legal claim to your own work because of a […]

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