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Copyright and the King, this time Martin Luther King Jr.

Today is a momentus day. It’s the second inauguration of Barak Obama, the first African-American President of the United States.  Today is also the day on which we honor the memory and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., the greatest … Continue reading

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Ideas and the Law: Using Intellectual Property to Protect You (Trademarks and Trade Secrets)

In the previous posts in the Ideas and the Law Series I addressed the challenges people face protecting ideas once they have been disclosed to third parties. As noted earlier in the series, while the underlying ideas may be available … Continue reading

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Ideas and the Law: Using Intellectual Property to Protect You Part 1 (Patents)

In the first of the Ideas and the Law Series, I addressed what steps you can take to protect an idea. Technically there is little legal protection available unless the person to whom you disclose an idea has a contractual … Continue reading

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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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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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The importance of taking a long view, even with Creative Commons licenses

Over the past year or so, I have noticed more and more people using Creative Commons branded licenses with their creative works.  Creative Commons licenses are form licenses (similar to those you can find through Nolo Press) with a twist.  … Continue reading

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