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Can I Press Play Or Must I Pay?: Music Licensing Requirements for Businesses

Saper Law often fields calls from businesses owners who have received copyright infringement notices, or worse, have been served with a copyright infringement lawsuit for not acquiring the proper copyright licenses to play music in their venues. If you are a venue that has received this type of notice, or if you are a new business owner and are concerned about copyright issues, you may want to watch this video from the August Seminar at Saper Law which was held in conjunction with BMI and the Illinois Restaurant Association: The Saper Law seminar discussed different ways that a business can avoid copyright infringement, Continue Reading

Saper Law Wins Motion to Dismiss Copyright Infringement Claims

Saper Law, LLC successfully presented a Motion to Dismiss on behalf of Illinois GOP and Candidate Roderick Drobinski, defeating the Plaintiff’s Copyright Infringement claims.  Saper Law demonstrated that dismissal of the federal claims was proper due to our clients’ fair use of the copyrighted work in a political parody, and U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel agreed. For a detailed recap of the facts and legal issues related to this case, read the Cook County Record article “Lawsuit tossed vs IL GOP over use of photo in satirical ad which mistakenly identified wrong man as incumbent lawmaker.”

Court Room Sketch Artist and Saper Law Client, Margaret Small, Grants a License to Warner Bros. to Use Her Sketches in Connection with Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch

Saper Law recently assisted Margaret Small, a courtroom sketch artist, negotiate a copyright licensing agreement with Warner Brothers. For the last 40 years, Margaret has served as a sketch artist for numerous high profile trials, included the recent Michael Jordan v. Dominick’s right of publicity trial.  However, it was her work in the trial of notorious Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger that caught the attention of Warner Bros. Studios.  Warner Bros. approached Margaret for licensing some of her unique sketches of the Bulger trial for inclusion in a feature-length documentary centered around the capture and trial of the infamous mobster.  Continue Reading

Recap of Saper Law and BMI presentation on Music Licensing

BMI, in partnership with Saper Law and the Illinois Restaurant Association, sponsored a session recently (8/26) in Chicago on music licensing aimed at educating restaurant and bar owners in the Chicago area on how to legally play music in their establishments.  BMI's Dan Spears discussed when a restaurant or venue needs a public performance license, how licensing fees are calculated and where the money goes.  In addition, award-winning BMI songwriter Dylan Altman was on hand to talk about the role that a performing rights organization plays in a songwriter's career and how much he appreciates the restaurant industry for supporting Continue Reading

Mega Fight Part 2: A New Piracy Threat

Last week, Saper Law wrote a cautionary tale on piracy and copyright infringement in anticipation of the Mega Fight between two of boxing’s best champions, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.  The “Fight of the Century,” of course, didn’t exactly live up to the hype, with Mayweather winning by unanimous decision against a less than 100% Pacquiao.  Outside the ring, however, the massive pay-per-view audience and gaudy revenue figures did not disappoint.  What’s more, the expected onslaught of litigation by the promoters for piracy and copyright infringement is all but guaranteed. Therefore, the biggest surprise of the night was not the Continue Reading

Mega Fight or Mega Litigation? What You Need to Know About Showing Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

This Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will finally face each other in what is being dubbed as the “Fight of the Century.”  The story about how the two boxers, widely considered the best of their era, have been dodging each other for the past five years has been well documented.  It is the fight that almost never was. For many fans, it is too little too late.  But not for Mayweather, Pacquiao, and the companies promoting the match. According to the Wall Street Journal, the “Fight of the Century” may reach a record $400 million in revenues worldwide.  Continue Reading

Saper Law Contributes New Article to Business.com- “The Copyright Question”

Daliah Saper, a Market Expert for Business.com, recently contributed a new article titled "The Copyright Question: The Difference Between Inspiration and Infringement." This month's article focuses on avoiding copyright infringement claims when content is "inspired by" protected works. Read more about "The Copyright Question," on Business.com.

Daliah Saper to Speak at Media Finance Focus 2015

Daliah Saper is scheduled to speak on Tuesday, May 19 at Media Finance Focus 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The conference will take place from May 18-May 20 at The Arizona Grand Hotel & Spa.  Now in its 55th year, the Conference targets those involved in various media industries. Daliah will focus her presentation on the legal issues media and finance executives must take into account on a daily basis.  Specifically, Daliah will discuss copyright and sharing online content, FTC disclosure guidelines regulating endorsements via social media, defending your brand online, and other business-related online issues. Other Conference topics expected to be covered include Continue Reading

Daliah Saper to Speak about Intellectual Property Issues at Niles Library

On October 29, 2014, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Daliah Saper will give a talk at the Niles Public Library on how small business owners can effectively protect their trademarks, service marks, copyrights, and other intellectual property.                        Location: 6960 West Oakton Street, Niles, IL 60714 To register for the event, click on the link below:

JOIN THE CLUB: A Flurry of Copyright Infringement Lawsuits Abound over Illegal Dallas Buyers Club Downloads

Dallas Buyers Club, LLC has recently filed hundreds of copyright infringement lawsuits.  The lawsuit targets individuals who have allegedly downloaded the Oscar-winning film via BitTorrent. As a result of a large-scale and sophisticated BitTorrent raid, Dallas Buyers Club, LLC has linked hundreds of illegal BitTorrent downloads to specific IP addresses.  Each download potentially constitutes copyright infringement (an unauthorized reproduction of a copyrighted work) liable for damages up to $30,000 ($150,000 if the infringement was committed willfully) and not less than $750. To collect these damages, Dallas Buyers Club, LLC has filed copyright infringement lawsuits against unnamed IP address holders all Continue Reading

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