Posts by Jordanchafetz (91 results)

  • How Should Spotify Compensate Songwriters?

    How Should Spotify Compensate Songwriters?   In July 2017, Spotify was sued by songwriter Robert Gaudio and Bluewater Music Services Corporation, a music publisher responsible for ensuring songwriters receive payments when their compositions are used commercially. Gaudio and Bluewater alleged that Spotify committed willful copyright infringement by streaming their songs without acquiring mechanical licenses and paying royalties to the songwriters.… read more

  • ResearchGate and Copyright Violations

    Authors and publishers have different goals when it comes to the availability of their work, which can result in conflict that manifests itself in copyright issues. Specifically, when it comes to research, researchers want to share their discoveries; it is a great accomplishment to be published and to have one’s work viewed and sited by a greater number of people.… read more

  • New York City’s Bizarre Law Against Dancing

    Until very recently, New York City’s “Cabaret Law” hung like a black cloud over the music and dance scene in one of the world’s most famously cultured cities. Though the law has been scarcely enforced since the early 1920s, it remained on the books until a group called the Dance Liberation Network petitioned successfully to have the law repealed on… read more

  • Standing in Patent Infringement Suits and the “All Substantial Rights” Doctrine

    On Thursday, November 16 at New York University School of Law, patent lawyers and students gathered for the Patent Law Reading Group Alumni Night hoping to gain some insight on who has standing to bring a suit for patent infringement. NYU alum and patent lawyer at Goodwin Christopher Morten (’15) gave a presentation on his research decoding the federal circuit’s… read more

  • Nancy Axilrod, IP and Litigation Guru

    On November 10, Nancy Axilrod came to NYU to talk about her work as a litigator, in house lawyer, and currently her work as General Counsel, for Tapestry, Inc. She gave insightful tips on how to succeed in the industry as well as giving students a look inside her work as a general counsel lawyer.   Tapestry, Inc (formerly known… read more

  • When Are Artists “Featured” In Songs?

    On November 15, 2016, Canadian artist Able “The Weeknd” Tesfaye released his third studio album, titled “Starboy”. The album contains 18 tracks, all of which credit Tesfaye as a writer. Additionally, the album credits indicate contributions from several other artists on each song. Notwithstanding these fine-print credits, only six of the tracks identify a featured artist in the track title.… read more

  • An Unstoppable Force Meets an Immovable Object: A Glimpse at the Emerging Effects of the DMCA’s Anti-Circumvention Provision on the Internet of Things

    Next year will mark the twentieth anniversary of the passage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), Congress’s controversial response to novel copyright protection issues posed by digital media and new technologies that facilitate piracy and other infringing activity.  Signed into law by President Clinton a mere seven months before the release of the infamous pioneering peer-to-peer file sharing platform,… read more

  • Matal v. Tam and Disparaging Trademarks

    Simon Tam,  “I’d be happy to send [Redskins or Daniel Snyder] some legal bills.”   Simon Tam, the front man of a Portland based dance-rock band named “The Slants”, filed suit against the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) when the PTO refused to trademark their band’s name. Their trademark was rejected under section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, the disparagement… read more

  • Interview: Professor Fromer and the Star Athletica case

    In this interview, Jeanne Fromer, professor at NYU School of Law, discusses her experience filing an amicus brief in the Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc. case decided this past year. The Court ruled that the useful article doctrine did not pose a bar to Varsity Brands’ enforcement of copyright against Star Athletica in five designs of Varsity Brands’… read more

  • Speaking About Politics: A Fireable Offense?

    President Trump’s remarks that NFL owners should fire players who chose to kneel during the national anthem and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ statement that Jemele Hill’s tweets disparaging Trump were a “fireable offense” pose an important question: can a private-sector employee be fired based on his or her political speech? The simple answer is yes; an employer… read more