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August 8, 2017 Leave a comment

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You have the power to get my South by Southwest® (SXSW®) panel proposals approved for SxSW 2018. Click on each link below to vote and be sure to share with your networks and friends so they can do the same.

After you click on the link, use the left navigation panel to vote UP (yes!!). Leave a brief comment to make an even greater impact. Yes you can vote for ALL of these sessions.

The SXSW® Conference & Festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery.

Use the quick links or see the full session descriptions below. Thank you in advance for your support! ~ @IPProfEvans

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|Women in Sports|IP for App Developers|

RegisterRight!

The ABCs of Protecting Your IP

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Creating a song, script, app, invention or business is just the beginning of any creative’s journey. Too often that can also be the end of the road. Because when creatives focus solely on the creative process without adequately protecting their intellectual property, they leave their copyright, trademark, and patent rights at risk or forever lost altogether. The rules are complex and confusing. This panel explains the specific steps every creative needs to take to protect their IP rights.

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Leaving Your Legacy

Estate Planning for Creatives

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Death isn’t the end of the road for copyright. The term of copyright endures, in most cases, for 70 years after the creator’s death. Creatives must understand probate and trust laws to adequately protect and maximize the value of their creative works after death. This includes understanding the transfer termination right that allows creators to reclaim control of transferred rights and the role of IP fiduciaries. This workshop answers these and related estate planning questions affecting artists

Additional presenter:

  • Shontavia Johnson, Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law, Director of the Intellectual Property Law Center, Professor of Law, Drake University Law School

From Posts to Profits

Leveraging Your Brand

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Developing and sharing content online has become a necessary way for content creators to communicate with their audiences and grow their brands. From posts and photos to videos, creators are oftentimes giving away content for free on social media and blogs. This session will explain how creators can monetize and leverage their content to grow not only an audience, but a lucrative career. It will also explain why content creators must protect their intellectual property in the process.

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Women in Sports

Money, Power, Respect?

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Venus. Serena. Famous, accomplished sports figures who represent the strides female athletes have made in recent decades. Still they endure criticism regarding the quality of women’s sports, media coverage of female athletics, pay equity, and femininity in sports. Sadly, they are not exceptional. Women today struggle to earn money, power, and respect across the sports world, from playing fields to boardrooms. This panel explores these persistent challenges and offers creative solutions.

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Intellectual Property for App Developers

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This panel will discuss app development and intellectual property law. The panelists are experts in patent, copyright, and trademark law. Attendees will learn how to identify intellectual property issues that arise in app development. The panelists will share best practices for avoiding intellectual property disputes. Also, attendees will learn how to take initial steps to protect their intellectual property.

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VIDEO: 203 Copyright Transfer Terminations: All Hype or Finally Ripe?

April 3, 2017 Leave a comment

On Thursday, March 23rd I presented a Lunch & Learn at the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property.

I covered 203 copyright transfer termination rights mechanics, the post-2013 response of copyright creators and copyright-industries when the first termination “window” opened for post-1977 transfers, and stakeholder and commentator forecasts about whether the anticipated termination tidal wave of destruction is more academic than real.

Copyright transfer termination permits a copyright creator to reclaim control of his or her copyright several decades after transferring the right. This applies to all copyright transfers no matter what a contract may say about a perpetual transfer. Creators cannot waive this right. But they can forfeit it if they are not careful.

In fact, some creators have already forfeited their rights if they transferred copyright in 1978 and failed to serve notice of termination by 2016. 

I offered some preliminary conclusions on the future of copyright-dependent industries in light of the 203 termination right.

Watch, listen and learn!

Intellectual property issues and profit disparities for viral social media “stars” @ SxSW

March 7, 2017 Leave a comment

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Join me and this extraordinary panel of experts, Michael D. Armstrong (Viacom), Devin Johnson (Uninterrupted), and panel organizer, Simone Bresi-Ando (I’mPOSSIBLE) at SxSW on Tuesday March 14th at 11 AM: Gentrifying Genius: Urban Creators Stripped Bare.

The panel will explore themes around The Fader’s article: “Black Teens Are Breaking The Internet And Seeing None Of The Profits” in a solutions-focused manner that will not only discuss the ecosystem that maintains the inequalities but also ways to protect and monetize their creative genius on social media.

Simone Bresi-Ando of I’mPOSSIBLE explains:

Black and brown youth are missing out on fruitful and ultimately life changing opportunities and rewards from their intellectual property which remains wildly popular but unpaid and uncredited.

Intellectual Property and Social Media

thumbnail_ImP x SxSW 2017 panelist promo INSTAGRAM graphic PROF TONYA EVANSI will adjust the frame of reference by explaining what intellectual property is, how rights are created, what rights creators control and what they give up when they opt-in to social media platforms, and how creators of color, in particular, can better navigate disparities in what I call the “post-to-profit” pipeline.

This disparity, of course, is not new. Similar misappropriation pervades America’s history with creators of color. In the cinematic suspense phenomenon Get Out, Jordan Peele goes a step further beyond cultural appropriation to examine the ultimate misappropriation of black bodies themselves, genius and all.

This will be a rich, engaging, dynamic conversation. Hope to see you there!

Professor Evans to join the UNH Law faculty Fall 2017!

February 27, 2017 2 comments

unh-law-logo-twitter_400x400I am thrilled to announce that I will join the tenured faculty of The University of New Hampshire School of Law this fall as a Full Professor.

UNH Law, formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center, is a leader in intellectual property law, social justice, sports law, and innovative practical preparation and is ranked 82nd by US News & World Report. It is also home to the preeminent Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property (FPCIP) and the UNH Sports and Entertainment Law Institute (SELI).

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I look forward to serving as an integral part of both FPCIP and SELI, and I will also continue my work in the areas of Trusts & Estates and Inclusion & Equity.

[Read the official press release]

 

I am excited to announce that my hiring class includes Ryan Vacca. He is the David L. Brennan Professor of Law at The University of Akron School of Law, where he also serves as the Interim Co-Dean and Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Technology.

My departure from Widener Law Commonwealth is bittersweet; I have loved my time here! WLC has been a tremendous place to evolve as an educator and scholar in the legal academy while surrounded by wonderful, supportive colleagues and inspired by fantastic students (whom I will miss most of all!). Thank you for the well wishes I’ve already received.

Article Alert: Statutory Heirs Apparent explores copyright termination right succession in the entertainment industry

February 14, 2017 Leave a comment

2017-01-18-14-27-04My latest article, Statutory Heirs Apparent: Reclaiming Copyright in the Age of Author-Controlled, Author-Benefiting Transfers (119 W. Va. L. Rev 297 (2016)), explores the intersectionality of estate succession laws and copyright and the unintended conflict between a deceased author’s testamentary freedom and the right of the decedent’s statutory heirs to terminate the decedent author’s lifetime transfers.

A number of notable songwriters have successfully reclaimed control over their copyrights from recording companies: Bruce Springstein, Loretta Lynn, Tom Petty, and an original “Village People” member, Victor Willis, for that perennial Karaoke favorite “YMCA”. They all lived long enough to see the copyright termination window open for their respective rights.

However, some authors are not so fortunate.

Case in point: The Ninth Circuit recently heard Ray Charles Foundation v. Robinson, 795 F.3d 1109 (9th Cir. 2015). That case presents facts analogous to the problem the proposed amendment seeks to resolve; that is, when a statutory heir asserts a termination interest clearly contrary to the decedent author’s wishes.

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In that case, Charles named his private charitable foundation as sole heir of his rights and recipient of his royalties during his life and thereafter. In fact, the Foundation is totally funded by the royalties and is prohibited from receiving any other means of support. Separately, he negotiated with his children (all 12 of them) to waive any right to his estate in exchange for half million dollars into an irrevocable trust for each. He died before the termination window opened. The perfect storm.  Read more…

Media Alert: SmartTalk Feb. 1 interview re: Black History Month event Nat’l Parks & America’s “Untold Stories”

January 30, 2017 Leave a comment

In honor of Black History Month, on February 8th, Widener Law Commonwealth will host “National Parks & America’s Untold Stories”, led by Alan Spears, Director of Cultural Resources at the National Parks Conservation Association. This event is sponsored by WLC, Black Law Students Association (BLSA), and the Environmental Law and Sustainability Center.

Mr. Spears will explore why maintaining an inclusive and relevant National Park System is critically important to the future of our parks. He will share stories of African American history in our national parks and how National Parks Conservation Association is advocating to create and maintain a park system that reflects all of America. I will discuss the broader role of African-American history as American History.

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In anticipation of this event, on February 1, 2017 9:00 AM-10:00 AM ET, Mr. Spears and I will do a SmartTalk WITF segment to discuss the event and some of the untold stories he will share at the event.

[Listen to the REPLAY via SoundCloud]

 

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Categories: Intellectual Property

Shirley Caesar goes from viral Internet sensation to You Name It, LLC trademark applicant

January 16, 2017 Leave a comment

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Perhaps it’s surprising that Pastor Shirley Caesar never registered her name as a source-indicating mark before now. Thankfully, trademark rights attach even to unregistered marks [NOLO.com] used in connection with sale of goods or, in her case, entertainment services as a world-renowned gospel recording artist.

And now after the “U Name It” Challenge [BET.com w/ sound] became a thing and gave new meaning to the phrase “going viral” recently, Caesar and her legal team realized that securing trademark rights in her name is as important as protecting her copyright interests.

About the “You Name It” Viral Clip

The video clip making viral rounds on social media is an excerpt from a live performance of “Hold My Mule.” The legendary gospel sermon has been edited to revolve around Caesar’s chant, “beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes,” in response to the question, “Grandma, what are you cooking for Thanksgiving?” – BET.com

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