• A Lesson In Contract Drafting: eBook Deal Violates Publisher’s Copyright

    A Lesson In Contract Drafting: eBook Deal Violates Publisher’s Copyright

    American Graffiti movie poster.Star Wars taught me the importance of contract drafting.  No, seriously!  I was reading for an Entertainment Law course two years ago when I came across a case from the 1980s involving Lucasfilm, LTD and Platinum Record, Co.  The lawsuit centered around a dispute over a contract which allowed director George Lucas to use four popular songs in his film American Graffiti, first released in 1973The issue in the case didn’t arise until almost a decade later, when MCA Distributing Corp. (an affiliate of Universal) released the film for sale and to rent on videocassette, which Platinum Record argued was in violation of their contract.

    By this point, you might be wondering what this has to do with ebooks (or Star Wars, for that matter).  Well, last week U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald held that a 2011 ebook distribution deal signed by author Jean George violated an earlier, 1971 contract.  The 1971 contract granted publisher HarperCollins the right to publish the children’s book Julie of the Wolves in “book form” and “electronic means now known or hereinafter invented.”  This language in the contract is what caught my eye and provides an important lesson in contract drafting: think ahead.

  • A Lesson In Contract Drafting: eBook Deal Violates Publisher's Copyright

    A Lesson In Contract Drafting: eBook Deal Violates Publisher's Copyright

    American Graffiti movie poster.Star Wars taught me the importance of contract drafting.  No, seriously!  I was reading for an Entertainment Law course two years ago when I came across a case from the 1980s involving Lucasfilm, LTD and Platinum Record, Co.  The lawsuit centered around a dispute over a contract which allowed director George Lucas to use four popular songs in his film American Graffiti, first released in 1973The issue in the case didn’t arise until almost a decade later, when MCA Distributing Corp. (an affiliate of Universal) released the film for sale and to rent on videocassette, which Platinum Record argued was in violation of their contract.

    By this point, you might be wondering what this has to do with ebooks (or Star Wars, for that matter).  Well, last week U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald held that a 2011 ebook distribution deal signed by author Jean George violated an earlier, 1971 contract.  The 1971 contract granted publisher HarperCollins the right to publish the children’s book Julie of the Wolves in “book form” and “electronic means now known or hereinafter invented.”  This language in the contract is what caught my eye and provides an important lesson in contract drafting: think ahead.

  • Law Firm Clerking 101

    I spent an amazing summer clerking at a law firm in downtown Nashville, TN.  Litigation was the last thing I thought I’d be doing, but it turns out (as everyone often says in law school) I enjoyed it more than I ever thought I would!  In all honesty, the process had a huge learning curve because I had never been in a law firm environment.  This blog post is an attempt to educate other law students about what you can expect going into a position clerking at a law firm.

  • Legal Tech News Sources For Law Students

    Finding the time in school to complete the assigned reading and projects is hard enough. That’s why efficiency is critical when it comes to staying informed about the latest developments in your legal field. I’ve put together a list of technology-related legal news sources for the general public as well as attorneys and law students. I’ve attempted to organize the list based upon the weekly commitment it takes to stay updated:

    I recommend making a folder on your bookmarks bar for quick access to your favorite news sources.

     

  • Available Now: “Careers in IP Law: Avenues and Opportunities”

    Available Now: “Careers in IP Law: Avenues and Opportunities”

    Pre-order today! The ABA’s newest publication, “Careers in IP Law: Avenues and Opportunities,” is now available from the American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law. Click here to order a copy. I had the chance to flip through a copy of the book at the Intellectual Property Law Conference in Washington, D.C. last week […]

  • Available Now: "Careers in IP Law: Avenues and Opportunities"

    Available Now: "Careers in IP Law: Avenues and Opportunities"

    Pre-order today! The ABA’s newest publication, “Careers in IP Law: Avenues and Opportunities,” is now available from the American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law. Click here to order a copy. I had the chance to flip through a copy of the book at the Intellectual Property Law Conference in Washington, D.C. last week […]

  • #IPLSpring CLE Preview: Copyright: Copyright Infringement in Patent Prosecution: Might Your Firm Be the Next Litigation Target?

    We are less than a week away from the ABA’s 28th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference in Arlington, VA! There will be over 30 Continuing Legal Education credit sessions, some eligible for ethics credit, in addition to multiple networking events. I will be covering one of the sessions on Copyright called “Copyright Infringement in Patent Prosecution: Might Your Firm Be the Next Litigation Target?” at 8:30 AM in the Arlington Salons 5 and 6.

  • NEXT STOP: #IPLSpring

    Be on the look out for future updates related to the American Bar Association’s 28th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference because I am now an official Law Student Reporter!  I was informed this week that I was selected to participate in the ABA’s Law Student Action Group’s reporters program. This spring will mark the third anniversary of the program which sends students to Arlington, VA to cover the three-day conference across blogs and social media. The conference kicks off Wednesday, April 3rd and runs through Friday, April 5th.

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  • Essential Law School Apps – Part III – Dropbox

    Welcome to the third part of a series of posts in which I will profile the apps and services I found essential to my first year as a law student! The first semester I restricted use to a laptop. After receiving an iPad 2 for Christmas, the second semester was limited to in-class use of the iPad and free reign outside of class.

    “Backing up your data is one of the most essential steps in using technology today.”

    1: What Is Dropbox?

    When first telling someone about Dropbox*, I explain that the service is a USB stick or thumb drive that you never have to carry with you. Dropbox and the files you choose to store with the service are easily accessible from any computer or device, provided you have an Internet connection. Dropbox is free at the base level and gives you 2 GB of storage space. I will discuss later how this can be increased.

    My Dropbox folder is stored in ‘My Documents.’

    I recommend starting with the installation of the Dropbox program on your main computer after creating an account. The installation will automatically create a Dropbox folder wherever you choose. I use a Windows laptop and created my Dropbox folder in “My Documents.”