Author Archives: Nancy Prager

About Nancy Prager

Nancy Prager is an attorney based in Washington, D.C. She represents a wide range of clients on matters from intellectual property to estate planning. Before starting her own practice, she practiced with firms in Memphis and Atlanta, as well as providing business development services to technology companies. She launched her practice to offer strategic legal services to clients at an affordable rate. Additionally, Nancy is a sought after speaker and writer on issues related to the convergence of intellectual property, technology and media. Nancy was asked to write a series of commentaries for News.com on the emerging legal issues related to the transmission of content on the internet. She has spoken to organizations and conferences around the country on issues related to the convergence of technology, content and intellectual property, as well as strategic legal issues for companies, individuals and artists. Journalists often rely on Nancy as a resource for emerging legal issues. Nancy has a strong commitment to social justice. She has founded, or co-founded, a number of organizations and programs that provide tangible services to their constituencies. For example, while a student in law school she developed the Domestic Violence Advocacy Center that provides legal services to victims of domestic violence. Additionally, she has been involved with a number of organizations that provide services to children and their families, including serving on the boards of the Harwood Center and Porter Leath Children’s Services. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the State Bar of Georgia and the State Bar of Tennessee. She has been a member of a variety of legal organizations including the Copyright Society of the USA and the American Bar Association.

The Myth of the Start-Up

Chris Dixon has posted a thoughtful analysis about the Myth of the Overnight Success on his blog. He writes: You tend to hear about startups when they are successful but not when they are struggling. This creates a systematically distorted … Continue reading

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Ideas and the Law: What every Entrepreneur & Inventor Should Know, and Do

People start companies because they have an idea. Whether it’s an idea for something new, something better, something unique, it all begins with an idea. Not only are ideas the foundation for great companies, ideas may also be the company’s … Continue reading

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Right of Publicity, Steve Jobs, Me and You

Contrary to this article in PaidContent, Steve Jobs’ estate likely has an enforceable interest against InIcons, the manufacturer of a life-like action figure of the deceased visionary, in the United States. The Right of Publicity grants people like Steve Jobs, … Continue reading

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How to Clear a Song: A quick tutorial

One of the complaints I most often hear about copyright is that it is too hard to identify who owns the rights to a copyright protected work. The challenges are particularly great when trying to track down the owners of … Continue reading

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Saferproducts.gov: Unsafe for Businesses at any Speed

The summer of 2007 saw a range of product recalls from jewelry for children to pine nuts. Most of the products involved had been manufactured in China and imported into the United States. The Consumer Products Safety Commission a relatively … Continue reading

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Regulatory Reform for the 21st Century: Small and Mid-Size Businesses Matter

On January 18, 2011, President Barack Obama penned an editorial, Toward a 21st-Century Regulatory System, for the Wall Street Journal in which he discussed the need for regulatory reform across the federal government.  The President addressed the importance “common sense … Continue reading

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That Piece of Paper, Those Terms of Use: Do They Really Matter?

May I share a secret with you?   I don’t always read the Terms of Service on the websites I visit, or the Terms & Conditions for services I use either.   When I open the boxes for new software or gadgets … Continue reading

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