Understanding the ASCAP and BMI 100% Licensing Decision

If you’re a songwriter, publisher, composer or just someone playing by the rules of licensing in the music industry, you have probably heard at least some “buzz” that goes something like, “There was some significant decision made by the U.S. Department of Justice that will impact performing rights organizations like ASCAP and BMI”. If you tried to glance at an article and found yourself scratching your head about what happened, you’re not alone. But this is stuff you’re going to want to understand. This literature will attempt to demystify exactly what’s happening, and explain the outrage shared by many. Continue reading

What’s Wrong with Copyright Law?

We need Copyright laws to protect creativity. Without Copyright laws, we would not only deprive artists, authors, and other creative types of a proper system of redress, but also discourage their creativity. Indeed, the simple notion that inventions and useful arts should be afforded protection has been memorialized in writing by our founders in the U.S. Constitution.

Today, however, due to advancements in technology and this trending motivation to exploit imperfect legislation, we are seeing a different kind of use for Copyright law that surely departs from the intentions of our founders and our legislature. We find ourselves in an era of Copyright trolling.
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The Internet and The Law

I recently came across a status update posted by a good friend of mine. He posted, “the internet is built on hazy intellectual property laws”. My immediate thought was, “Well, no that’s not true”. Sometime between then and now came a realization that my friend’s status update had inspired me to sit down and blog a bit about how the internet and the law coexist. Continue reading

Violent Video Games: Can/Should We Regulate Them?

San Angelo man, Mark Williams, who is the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer for Tom Green County, Texas, recently warned us of the influence violent video games have on our fragile youth. Williams opines that if you are a young person playing Mortal Kombat, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, or the Postal series, essentially you are more likely to end up in a juvenile detention facility than young people who are not. Today’s discussion involves violence in video games, the constitutional and practical aspects of regulating such content from a legal standpoint, and the moral obligations of parents. Continue reading