Posts Tagged ‘copyright’

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    Song Rights

    Aug 20, 11 • 320 Views • No Comments

    When do we own what we create? It depends. For Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel, hit albums controlled by record companies might soon become theirs again. During the mid-1970s, the Congress decided that after 35 years, a musician could regain the copyright...  [read more]

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    A Bow Tie Patent

    Sep 5, 10 • 267 Views • No Comments

    Having said that jackets and dresses cannot be patented or copyrighted, I was fascinated to learn that a bow tie once had one. During the 1950s, the clothing retailer Brooks Brothers had patented their bow tie technology. A recent WSJ article referred to the...  [read more]

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    More Fashion Rules

    Sep 2, 10 • 302 Views • 5 Comments

    Are fashion copycats good or bad for the industry? N.Y. Senator Charles Schumer says, “Bad” and is proposing legislation that would provide a 3 year period during which, with certain exceptions, knock-offs would represent copyright infringement....  [read more]

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    Fashion Rules

    Jun 18, 10 • 327 Views • No Comments

    If Miuccia Prada sees a vintage designer jacket that she likes, she can copy it. She can even replicate it exactly and call it a Prada. Illegal? No. And yet, if Michael Lewis included a page from another writer’s book, he would be accused of violating...  [read more]

  • J.D. Salinger and the Estate Tax

    Jan 31, 10 • 272 Views • No Comments

    Reading J.D. Salinger’s obituary, I thought about the estate tax and then beyond to a Mark Helprin interview last June. Have you wondered, with the 2010 suspension of the estate tax (called by some the “Throw Momma From the Train Act”), what...  [read more]