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

App Development: The Three “Big Legal Aspects”

There are fortunes to be made in mobile app development–a fact that not only you most assuredly understand, but as do your friends, family, and all of Silicon Valley. The chilly truth of this and any other competitive market is that “good” ideas may not be enough, you need great ones. And, when you have a great idea, you’ll want to already be armed with an understanding of the three “big legal aspects”, which can be summed up roughly as: (1) your intellectual property; (2) your contracts; and, (3) your overall business strategy.

With a firm grasp on how these things impact your legal landscape, you’ll be well on your way to safeguard yourself from intellectual property theft, infringement, or lawsuits.
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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

Heartbleed Security Issue: At Least 60% of Internet Impacted

Experts are reporting that the Heartbleed Security issue is estimated to have impacted at least 60% of the internet, and that’s being optimistic. This article is intended to help you consolidate a few helpful online sources regarding this devastating bug and catch you up to speed if you’ve been living under a rock since the announcement of the Heartbleed. 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

Welcome to the Blog

This is the blog site for the Law Offices of Tristan C. Robinson, P.L.L.C.   Our objective is to keep you posted on trending topics in the law, especially as they relate to the internet, intellectual property, and entertainment law.  Hot topics in Family Law and Wills and Estates will also show up here from time to time, but our main goal will be to keep you informed as to changes in IP.

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