Lacy Copyright Opinion Isn't Very Racy

When 330,000 Yards of Lace Still Isn’t Enough This is a copyright case involving lace designs. Yes, lace designs. Have I mentioned before the tremendous breadth of the subject matter of copyright? The same law that protects “Thank You, Next” and random medical...

Making Room in Copyright Law for Creativity

A Critique of the NMPA’s and RIAA’s Joint Brief in the “Stairway to Heaven Case” As I explained last time, in their joint friend-of-the-court brief in the “Stairway to Heaven” case, the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and the...

Why "Stairway to Heaven" Verdict Was Reversed

Led Zeppelin Probably Would’ve Won Anyway, But Some Mistakes Can’t Be Wished Away Last time, I explained why I thought the Ninth Circuit’s recent reversal[ref]The verdict was actually “vacated”—thrown out—and “remanded”—sent back down for a new trial....

How a Facelift Cost the U.S. Postal Service $3.5 Million

Mistakes—Even Hilarious Ones—Are Inevitable. What You Do After Often Matters More. In 2008, the U.S. Postal Service was looking to update its “Forever” stamps. For an entire year, Forever Stamps bore the image of the Liberty Bell, and the public was just tired of it....