The other day, I had a potential client ask me an intriguing question. He was a writer/musician and wanted to know how to protect his work when he was collaborating with other people. More specifically, he wanted to know if he was creating work that was capable of copyright protection when he was recording music in the studio with other people. Essentially, he was adding keyboard parts to someone else’s work.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
“We equally believed that those who stood against us held just as sacred convictions that were the opposite of ours and we respected them as every man with a heart must respect those who give all for their belief”
--Oliver Wendell Holmes
I finally finished watching Ken Burns' stunning documentary of the Civil War. I was struck by this quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes which prefaced the 8th episode of the series. This is something that we should try to remember in litigation, mediation and politics.
Monday, February 9, 2009
I am an inveterate collector of records and other things. So, I am always fascinated by stories of other collectors and their misadventures. I was horrified to learn the story of Randy Piper, whose rare collection of Jack Daniels whiskey and memorabilia was confiscated a year or so ago by Tennessee Alcohol Commission Agents who claimed that Piper was selling liquor without a license because he bought sold and traded Jack Daniels memorabilia with other collectors. This absurd abuse and waste of state power was apparently settled out of court by Piper agreeing to forfeit some of his collection to the state and paying a fine. An article in the January 21 issue of the Tennessean also mentioned that Piper had incurred attorney’s fees of $40,000.00
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
There was a great quote in the Wall Street Journal’s December 29th edition in an article about Bon Iver, written by Shelly Banjo and Kelly K. Spors. “The internet has been like the French Revolution for the music business,” says Panos Panay, founder and CEO of Sonicbids. “The aristocracy ‘has faded’ as the cost of distribution, production and even getting connected has come down. Now, he adds, anyone with a niche and devoted fans can make a living”.