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Archive for December 2020

Copyright Small Claims Act Passes Congress

Congress finally did something!  On December 21, 2020, Congress passed the CASE Act, the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Act of 2020.  It also passed an act on penalties for certain digital transmission services that make unauthorized uses of copyrighted works for profit.  Both laws passed as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021,…

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The 5Pointz Saga is Finally Over

The United States Supreme Court denied developer G&M Realty’s petition to hear its appeal from the decision of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in which the developer was found liable under the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA) for the whitewashing of certain graffiti art painted onto the developer’s dilapidated buildings slated for…

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Works for Hire – Just Exactly What Does It Mean?

A songwriter hires and pays a person to create a musical track for the lyrics the songwriter has written.  An artist hires and pays three background vocalists to sing on a recording featuring the artist. A business owner hires and pays a photographer to photograph the business for use on the business owner’s website. Who…

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