Intellectual Property and the Entertainment World

Protecting intellectual property rights are vital to members of the entertainment industry. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), intellectual property can be defined as “creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names, and images used in commerce.” Intellectual property has four main categories: Trade Secrets; Patents;…

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Pandora to Pay Higher Royalties

On December 16, 2015, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) decided that beginning on January 1, 2016, online radio companies will have to pay 17 cents per 100 streams of songs, up from the old rate of 14 cents.  The rates will remain at 17 cents until 2020.  This decision follows tension over how profits from…

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Copyright Office Announces Five-Year Strategic Plan

The United States Copyright Office has released a strategic plan focusing on the years 2016-2020. The plan calls for the following: 1. Administering copyright laws efficiently, effectively, and skillfully 2. Creating a search engine that is easy to use and thorough in providing information to search engine users 3. Providing impartial expert opinions to other…

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