Saturday, May 07, 2022

Kick Back

The prevailing theme on the copyright-related legal blogs this last week dealt with recent DOJ guidance for website owners.  More of that, maybe, next time. Meanwhile, and more urgently, there are three free events this coming Wednesday, May 11th, and another event on May 16th.

If you are an author or an aspiring author, but not yet a member of the (membership is free), or of (membership costs around $135 pa)  or of (membership around $100 pa) you might not have heard about the creators conference.

From 11.00 to 12.30 am ET, a distinguished panel discusses the shocking (to some) details of how authors, artists, designers, songwriters, photographers, illustrators, composers and more are beguiled into working for free, or even paying in order to work for others.

The second panel runs from 1.30 to 3.00 pm ET and discusses some of the dirtiest tricks in contracts, including how "work for hire" wording can strip one of ones copyright, and lock one into a bad deal.

The third panel is between 4.00 and 5.30 pm Eastern, and reveals some of the ways that infringers steal works, and companies engage in "rights grabs"... and how to fight back to keep what is yours.

The CopyrightAlliance is hosting a webinar on May 16th from 2pm to 3.15 pm Eastern, in conjunction with Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, and the American Society of Media Photographers to explain how the Copyright Claims Board works to resolve certain copyright disputes.


Something one can do, if so inclined, is to support the SMART Act that was introduced by Senators Thom Tillis and Patrick Leahy in March of this year.

One show support, for instance, by writing a note to your own senator, or to the sponsoring senators, or following some of the ideas here.

All the best,

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