The Law of YouTubers: The Next Generation of Creators and the Legal Issues They Face

This article was first published in the ABA’s Landslide® Magazine May/June 2017 issue (Volume 9, Number 5). Co-written by Franklin Graves & Michael Lee (@GeekAttorney). It’s undeniable that, by generating billions of daily views and hundreds of millions of hours in watch time over the course of a single day, YouTube is the go-to destination…

What Is a Career in Entertainment Law?

I recently participated in a rapid-fire Q&A webinar hosted by the American Bar Association’s Legal Career Central. I joined my Nashville-based colleague and law school friend Molly Shehan to provide insights about what it’s like to be an attorney practicing “entertainment law.” I approached the session from the in-house lawyer perspective while Molly provided a…

Copyright Office Q&A Session About The New Online DMCA Designated Agents Directory [Guest Blog Post]

Check out the transcript from an interview I conducted with the U.S. Copyright Office’s Attorney-Advisor Jason Sloan regarding the new DMCA Designated Agent Directory, published as a guest blog post over at Eric Goldman’s Technology & Marketing Law Blog. The online directory was recently launched by the U.S. Copyright Office and has been the subject of…

#MannequinChallenge Quick Take: Got A Corporate Viral Video? Think Twice Before Sharing It!

I hope by now you’ve seen the “Mannequin Challenge” videos. Two of my personal favorites are: the solo challenge and the cheating girlfriend. Do you have a favorite? Share it in the comments! A lot of the videos are dealing with takedown notices for copyright infringement because they include the song “Black Beatles (feat. Gucci Mane)” by…

The Internet’s Safe Harbor Did Not Just Become A Little Less Safe

Read the full article on Medium. A response to Klint Finley’s article, The Internet’s Safe Harbor Just Got a Little Less Safe, published in WIRED on August 17, 2016. The internet’s safe harbor did not just become a little less safe and I argue that it’s a far cry to conclude that Judge O’Grady’s recent decision will have an extreme…

Oops!… She Moaned Again: Copyright Complaint Filed Against Sony Music, Britney Spears, and Others

Everyone wants a piece of Britney Spears. At least that’s how it appears in a recently filed complaint against the pop star’s record label, Sony Music Entertainment, its subsidiary RCA Records, and the label imprint Zomba Recording. The lawsuit alleges two claims of copyright infringement, one for the 2007 Britney Spears track “Piece of Me” and a second for Travis Porter’s…

Hey! That’s My Image!

Do you use Flickr?  They have recently come under fire for selling canvas prints and wall mounts of user-submitted photographs through their website without passing any of the profits on to the creator. Creative Commons (“CC”) licensing is allowing them to do this 100% legally.

There are a lot of different ways people use the service. I use it to store backups of photos. It also has a very robust “Advanced Search” feature, which comes in handy to find free stock photos.