Blurred Lines: Circuit Split in Copyright Infringement of Musical Compositions

The current US circuits split on non-literal copyright in musical composition cases are thoroughly murky; many are not even holdings on what is copyrightable. Although this may seem tedious, it is important to implement expert testimony especially when sometimes our visceral reaction may be “this song is copied” and, in reality, it is not. The courts thus far have only been chipping at the surface of musical copyright protection by only looking at the lyrics and melody but there are other aspects of music including rhythm, tempo and the pattern, which should be protected and it is important that the courts address it in their holdings. Continue reading “Blurred Lines: Circuit Split in Copyright Infringement of Musical Compositions”

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Introduction to European Patents and European Patents with Unitary Effect

A patent is a property right wherein a set of exclusive rights are granted for a limited time.[1] Intellectual Property laws are generally domestic, thus, anyone who files a patent within their country is not protected across national boundaries. In order to resolve this issue and to protect their nationals, several international treaties have been adopted to protect inventors most notably: the Paris Convention, Patent Co-operation Treaty, Patent Law Treaty, and the European Patent Convention. Continue reading “Introduction to European Patents and European Patents with Unitary Effect”