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Stephanie Taylor Discussed Trademarks and Copyrights to Accountants

Bone McAllester Norton intellectual property attorney Stephanie R. Taylor was the presenter to an internal meeting yesterday at KraftCPAs. Her discussion, “Understanding Copyrights and Trademarks: What is Fair Use?,” covered the basics of the law, how to acquire rights to use them and the fair use doctrine. KraftCPAs asked Stephanie to speak to their staff, who often works with those that own copyrights, including: music publishers, record labels, book publishers, authors, songwriters and visual artists. Attendees received one hour of continuing professional education credit.

Stephanie is an entertainment and music industry lawyer providing a broad range of legal services to clients involved in the creation, production and management of creative works.

Since its inception in 1958, KraftCPAs PLLC has become one of the largest, independent certified public accounting firms in Middle Tennessee. Founded by the late Joe Kraft, the firm presently has 16 members and a total staff of more than 175. With offices in Nashville, Columbia and Lebanon, the firm provides not only audit, tax and accounting but also a broad range of consulting services to meet their clients’ growing needs.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Stephen Zralek Talks to USA Today about 2 Live Crew Copyright Infringement Case

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen J. Zralek was asked to weigh in on 20th anniversary of the seminal U.S. Supreme Court copyright infringement decision involving Roy Orbison and 2 Live Crew.  His opinion was included in a story with USA Today.

The case followed a lawsuit that Acuff-Rose, a publishing company in Nashville, filed against 2 Live Crew, a rap group, over the use of Roy Orbison’s song Oh, Pretty Woman.  After declining permission for 2 Live Crew to use the song in a parody, the rap group did it anyway, and the publishing company filed suit for copyright infringement.  U.S. District Judge Tom Wiseman, for whom Stephen clerked after law school, held that 2 Live Crew was not liable for copyright infringement because its parody constituted fair use.  The Sixth Circuit reversed, but the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with Judge Wiseman and held that just because the parody was for a commercial purpose did not deprive 2 Live Crew from asserting fair use. As Stephen explained to the reporter, “To me, the Campbell v. Acuff-Rose case is still the gold standard when it comes to fair use.”

Stephen is an AV-rated, SuperLawyer who helps individuals and business clients from the technology, creative and entrepreneurial fields resolve disputes through intellectual property litigation, business litigation and entertainment litigation.

To read the story, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Stephen Zralek Leads Two Iconic American Brands to Victory

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates Chattanooga Bakery, Inc., maker of the infamous MoonPie products, and Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc., which distributes RC Cola, for their recent major legal victory at the Tennessee Court of Appeals. This ruling affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of the complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction based on complete preemption by the Copyright Act. Attorney Stephen J. Zralek represented the successful parties in this appeal.

The case involved a black-and-white photograph of an unidentified young boy used for more than 30 years to market MoonPie. He asserted that use of his image violated his right of publicity, but our firm successfully argued that the real dispute was over use of the photograph and that any dispute over the photograph was governed by and preempted by federal copyright law.

More information about this victory can be found on Stephen’s blog, TheExpressive, where he explains the case in his entry titled “Magnolia Trees, Mint Juleps, MoonPies & RC Colas.”

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Tennessean Interviews Stephen Zralek in a Story about a Blogger Battling for His Copyright

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek spoke on a panel discussion last week at the Keen Digital Summit, which also included Turner Barr, whose “Around the World in 80 Jobs” blog was hijacked by staffing firm Adecco, and Stephen Oddo, co-founder of Walks of Italy, whom Barr partnered with to spread word about Adecco’s actions.

The Tennessean interviewed the panelists and featured a story in Saturday’s paper. Stephen said that artists and entrepreneurs can use methods to protect their work, namely copyright and trademark registration.

“Invest a little bit of time and money on the front end to protect yourself,” he said.

To read the full story, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 36 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Stephen Zralek will Discuss Avoiding Social Media Nightmares with the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 4

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen J. Zralek will present “Avoiding Social Media Nightmares” during the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce’s First Friday meeting on Oct. 4. Stephen has significant experience helping clients from all industries with issues involving copyrights, trademarks, social media and cybersquatting, among others. The meeting takes place from 7:30 – 9 a.m. at E|Spaces in Cool Springs.

For more information and to register, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 36 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Stephanie Taylor and Stephen Zralek Slated as Presenters in New Lipscomb University Master of Arts Program

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Stephanie R. Taylor and Stephen J. Zralek will speak on media law to students of Lipscomb University’s new Master of Arts in Film and Creative Media program. Their presentation, scheduled for September 26, will cover ownership of content, including work for hire agreements; explanation of licensing versus ownership of music; and recordings and copyright infringement. Both attorneys practice in Bonelaw’s Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property Law and Entrepreneurial and Emerging Business Law practices.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 36 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Copyright Termination Update with Stephanie Taylor

Bone McAllester Norton’s Stephanie Taylor will serve as a panelist at the Music Startup Academy’s Entertainment & Technology Law Conference at Belmont University in Nashville. The panelists will give an update on copyright termination. Serving alongside Stephanie will be Charlie Sanders from Songwriters Guild of America and Christian Horsnell from Milom Horsnell Crowe Rose Kelley PLC, moderated by Duff Berschbeck from Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

This conference is in conjunction with Belmont University, The Copyright Forum, the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) and digitalmusic.org.

Friday, April 5, 2013

1:30 – 6 p.m.

Belmont University

1900 Belmont Blvd.

Nashville, TN 27212

Click here to register

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters.   Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Paul Kruse will Address Google AdWords and the Use of Other People’s Brands on Online Search Results at Vanderbilt Law School

Bone McAllester Norton’s Paul Kruse will participate in a panel discussion about the rapidly changing landscape of the online trademark field at Vanderbilt Law School on Thursday, February 14th. The discussion, will include strategies that businesses use (like Google AdWords) and the challenges and opportunities that such strategies present.

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Noon – 1 p.m.
Vanderbilt Law School
131 21st Avenue South, #2

Stephen Zralek Quoted in The City Paper on Copyright Infringement Lawsuits

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek was quoted in a January 29 article in Nashville’s The City Paper regarding copyright infringement lawsuits.

“It was only a matter of time before copyright trolls filed a bit-torrent lawsuit in Tennessee,” he said. “By law, the [Internet Service Providers] are required to reach out to the John Does and tell them they have 30 days to file a ‘motion to quash’ the subpoena or otherwise settle the lawsuit. If the individuals take no action, the ISPs will release their identities to the Plaintiff, after which the Plaintiff will amend the complaint to name the individual in the copyright infringement action — for all the world to see.”

 

Stephen Zralek Quoted in The City Paper on Copyright Infringement Lawsuits

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek was quoted in a January 29 article in Nashville’s The City Paper regarding copyright infringement lawsuits.

“It was only a matter of time before copyright trolls filed a bit-torrent lawsuit in Tennessee,” he said. “By law, the [Internet Service Providers] are required to reach out to the John Does and tell them they have 30 days to file a ‘motion to quash’ the subpoena or otherwise settle the lawsuit. If the individuals take no action, the ISPs will release their identities to the Plaintiff, after which the Plaintiff will amend the complaint to name the individual in the copyright infringement action — for all the world to see.”

 

Stephen Zralek Teaches Class on Copyright Law

Attorney Stephen Zralek will teach a class on copyright law as part of the 2013 University School of Nashville evening class program on Tuesday, February 19. The session, titled Copyright Law: Fair Use or Infringement?, will cover Fair Use doctrine and explore whether specific cases of infringement should be allowed as fair use. Attendees will look at several close cases and will judge for themselves under the guidance of Stephen, who is highly sought after in rights of publicity, copyrights, trademarks and privacy. The class, 217 Copyright Law: Fair Use or Infringement?, will be from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Anyone may attend.

 

 

Stephen Zralek Teaches Class on Copyright Law

Attorney Stephen Zralek will teach a class on copyright law as part of the 2013 University School of Nashville evening class program on Tuesday, February 19. The session, titled Copyright Law: Fair Use or Infringement?, will cover Fair Use doctrine and explore whether specific cases of infringement should be allowed as fair use. Attendees will look at several close cases and will judge for themselves under the guidance of Stephen, who is highly sought after in rights of publicity, copyrights, trademarks and privacy. The class, 217 Copyright Law: Fair Use or Infringement?, will be from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Anyone may attend.