Slate published this piece recently about a selfie-taking Celebes crested macaque and the copyright law consequences of the photograph. In the article, several people weigh in on whether the photograph is part of the public domain and free to use or not.
The story of Sixto Rodriguez, popularized in the documentary "Searching for Sugar Man", highlights what is frequently an issue for recording artists and songwriters: payment of royalties. Sometimes it's poor accounting by labels or publishers, sometimes malfeasance, and sometimes artists don't know who owns the rights to their music because the copyrights have changed hands so many times. Maintaining copies of contracts and records of payment are key to sorting out and resolving royalty underpayment!
Selecting and developing trademarks and brands are frequently the most important decisions a business can make. Marks that appear secure may be open to attack years or even decades later. A lawsuit filed by Korg Inc. against Jack Meussdorffer highlights how even a long-standing, vigilantly protected mark can be open to attack.
The outcome of a new lawsuit filed by copyright owners against Pandora Media could have far-ranging consequences for recording artists, record labels, and internet music broadcasters. The RIAA and its constituents face an uphill battle, however. Who will survive, and what will be left of them?