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  • Zachary Hiller Law To Kill a Mocking Bird

    Is all art simply a commodity to be bought and sold, garnering a profit for those who know how? Who are the true beneficiaries of copyright law? Some are saying, corporations, which continue to profit from other’s intellectual property after the creator of a successful piece passes on. A recent LA Times article discusses the […]

  • Happy Birthday copyright, birthday cake

    The final notes may be sung on a 3-year-old case involving one of the most profitable copyrights that everyone knows by heart. For those who aren’t familiar, licensing fees and royalties can garner a pretty profit for copyright holders. Some of the most profitable songs may surprise you. The top five songs combined have garnered […]

  • Zachary Hiller Law YouTube Copyright Claims

    YouTube can be a fascinating place. Who hasn’t fallen down the rabbit hole of YouTube videos, leaping from recipe guides to music videos; DIY home remodeling to comedic stand-up? In fact, YouTube is such a behemoth that it is considered to be one of the largest search engines, second only to its parent company, Google. […]

  • Zachary Hiller Law. Secret Recipes and copyright law, pecan pie.

    Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to gather and reflect on all their blessings. Well, at least that is what it is in part. It is also a time to eat, and eat, and eat! Candied yams, to deep fried turkey, oyster stuffing and pumpkin pie; Thanksgiving is a great way to expand […]

  • Zachary Hiller Law A Tale Of Two Logos Blog

    It was the best of design, it was the worst of design… but what was it all worth? Forgive me for being a bit of a branding nerd, but I find the back stories behind the world’s most recognizable logos fascinating. That’s because a logo, when done correctly, can impact brand awareness and status. They […]

  • How is the ownership of a joke decided? When does joke theft become illegal? These are all questions people are wondering after comedy writer Robert Alexander Kaseberg sued Conan O’ Brien for stealing his jokes. Kaseburg claims that Conan stole four jokes from his personal blog and Twitter. This includes the writer’s specific joke about two […]

  • Lately, the question of artist’s rights and their street art, whether commissioned or guerrilla, has been in the news. Cases, from Ahol’s suit against American Eagle to Katy Perry’s dress, draw people to ask a few questions about graffiti and copyright. The confusing nature of copyright law has left many wondering where the line is […]

  •   Have you ever been so obsessed over a book, film or TV show that you didn’t want it to end? For many diehard fanatics of a genre, fan fiction is a way to perpetuate the story after the original author has set down their pen. For those who are unfamiliar, Fan Fiction is writing […]

  • Disney is one of the most well-known and beloved companies in the world. From television shows to movies, merchandise, and theme parks, the Disney copyright and trademark protections safeguard these valuable assets from infringement. For generations, Disney has fought numerous legal battles over trademark and copyright infringement. You don’t get as popular as Disney if you […]

  • Are you confused about the difference between copyright and trademark law? You know that both offer protection of intellectual property, but you are not sure how to differentiate between the two.  The answer may be more simple than you think. While both offer protection under the law, they are actually fairly dissimilar from each other. […]