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Flickr’s Creative Commons Problem

This post was written by Jesse Woo and originally published on the Washington Lawyers for the Arts Blog. Read the full post. Under traditional copyright law, a photographer has exclusive control in the distribution, copy, and display of their photograph and can grant these rights to others on an individual basis, usually for a fee. Another option for photographers is to use a Creative Commons License on their photograph. A Creative Commons (CC) license attached to a work grants other users […]

Aereo v. The (TV) World

By: Christopher Psihoules, Esq. On June 25, 2013 SCOTUS finally put its foot down on the most extreme of the “cable cutters.”  Aereo provided customers with the ability to stream broadcast television programs, only a few seconds behind the live program, by connecting to small antennas housed in a centralized warehouse.  SCOTUS found that this equated to “performing” copyrighted works and performing them in “public” within the meaning of the Copyright Act. The court’s 6-3 decision reverses a lower court ruling on what has […]

How the Art of Storytelling Can Help Lawyers Communicate

“How do attorneys connect with their audience without losing themselves in legal-speak? The art of story telling can help lawyers communicate in a way that is captivating and easily understood.” -Paramjit L. Mahli. Read the entire article for a detailed explanation and tips on how to use storytelling to effectively communicate with your audience (whether it be a crowd, a client, or a business prospect): http://goo.gl/egv1WJ

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