Category - Intellectual Property

Stories about receiving copyright protection and dealing with infringement

Tattoo Art
Intellectual Property

Who Owns the Copyright in Your Tattoo Art?

You’re considering a lot of different things when thinking about inking a new tattoo, but copyright infringement probably isn’t one of them. But copyright laws come into play in various ways when tattooing new work – whether you’re the artist whose designs are being inked, the tattoo artists drawing your own work, or an artist merely using the influence and inspiration of tattoo art...

3d Printing
Intellectual Property

Does Copyright and Trademark Law Protect 3D Printing?

3D printing is a relatively new art form is sweeping the internet and worrying designers and Hollywood executives alike. Along with the advent of 3D printing, a steady stream of piracy and copyright infringement cases have been reported by industry honchos. Whether you’re supportive of this new innovation or struggling to protect your own 3D designs, you may want to consider getting to know...

copyright in student work
Intellectual Property

Can a School District Claim Copyright in its Student Art?

A Maryland school district recently implemented a very controversial policy claiming that the creative work of its student is School property, not owned by the student creator.  Is such a policy legal? Generally, copyrights are held by the creator or creators. With respect to minor students, traditionally they would own the copyright in their work whether their work is an original story, a...

Posting an Internet Meme? You May Receive a Getty Infringement Letter
Intellectual Property

Posting an Internet Meme? You May Receive a Getty Infringement Letter

Memes have proliferated the internet since the dawn of social media. An image, usually taken entirely out of context, is paired with witty, often sarcastic banter whose only goal is to make you laugh. But did you know that there are often art licensing issues surrounding the use of top internet memes, and that you may have to be prepared to make a fair use argument if the owner of the images...

Monkey selfie
Intellectual Property

The Monkey Selfie: PETA Initiates Infringement Lawsuit for Macaque

The Internet is once again fixated on the infamous Monkey selfie, after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed a copyright infringement suit against David Slater, the wildlife photographer who claims to hold the copyright.  For those that may not remember, here is how Art Law Journal described the monkey selfie story back in 2013: In 2011, nature photographer David Slater...