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Stephen Zralek Speaks on Copyright Fair Use at the Tennessee IP Law Association (TIPLA)

Stephen Zralek is presenting a seminar on Copyright Fair Use for the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA) on November 9, 2012.  TIPLA is an association of attorneys across Tennessee who focus on IP law.  Stephen’s practice focuses on business litigation, with an emphasis on helping clients avoid and resolve intellectual property disputes.

Stephen Zralek Speaks on Copyright Fair Use at the Tennessee IP Law Association (TIPLA)

Stephen Zralek is presenting a seminar on Copyright Fair Use for the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA) on November 9, 2012.  TIPLA is an association of attorneys across Tennessee who focus on IP law.  Stephen’s practice focuses on business litigation, with an emphasis on helping clients avoid and resolve intellectual property disputes.

Stephen Zralek Speaks on Copyright Fair Use and User Generated Content at BarCamp

Stephen led a session called “All is Fair (Use) in Love and Copyright” where the audience looked at close calls and were the judge on what’s infringement and what’s fair use.  This session was designed as an intro to fair use for anyone who creates or posts content.

He also served on a panel with Rob Robinson, Nissan’s Senior Specialist for Social Media, called “Laughs & Likes: Using User-Generated Content and Comedy to Drive Business & Build Excitement,” where they looked at a real world example in which Nissan invited fans to submit ideas to promote the new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, then partnered with The Second City comedy troupe to generate improv music videos.

BarCamp is a free, technology-focused “unconference” that is equal parts networking, knowledge-building and fun. BarCamp has become the premier technology and digital event in the city, bringing together the best minds and representations of the hottest companies in the digital, entrepreneurial and software industries, among others.

Stephen Zralek to speak on Copyright Fair Use and User Generated Content at BarCamp on Saturday, Oct. 20

Stephen is leading a session called “All is Fair (Use) in Love and Copyright” where the audience will look at close calls and be the judge on what’s infringement and what’s fair use.  This session is designed as an intro to fair use for anyone who creates or posts content.

He’s also serving on a panel with Rob Robinson, Nissan’s Senior Specialist for Social Media, called “Laughs & Likes: Using User-Generated Content and Comedy to Drive Business & Build Excitement,” where they’ll look at a real world example in which Nissan invited fans to submit ideas to promote the new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, then partnered with The Second City comedy troupe to generate improve music videos.  Sign up to attend before registration closes.

BarCamp is a free, technology-focused “unconference” that is equal parts networking, knowledge-building and fun. BarCamp has become the premier technology and digital event in the city, bringing together the best minds and representations of the hottest companies in the digital, entrepreneurial and software industries, among others.

WaterCooler heads to Parnassus Books to Celebrate the Written Word

In advance of the 24th Annual Southern Festival of Books, A Celebration of the Written Word, our next WaterCooler is for book lovers and entrepreneurs. We’ll hear Parnassus Books co-owners Karen Hayes and Ann Patchett explain how their independent bookstore has both opened and prospered in the middle of the Great Recession, while national book chains have been going out of business. We’ll also hear Serenity Gerbman, Director of Literature and Language Programs of Humanities Tennessee, talk about opportunities for readers in Nashville, including the Southern Festival of Books.

Sunday, August 19th

Doors Open at 5:30*

Program from 6:00 to 7:00

Parnassus Books

3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14, Nashville,TN 37205

RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*Parnassus will be closed to the public but open for WaterCooler,

so bring your $$ if you want to buy books!

Stephen Zralek to moderate Roundtable on Copyright Fair Use at ABA Annual Meeting

The Copyright Litigation Committee will host a CLE Roundtable discussion, “Copyright Fair Use: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who is the Fairest One of All?” at the ABA Annual Meeting on Friday, August 3 from 10:30 to 11:30am.

Committee Chair Stephen Zralek of Bone McAllester Norton will moderate a panel which includes Deborah Robinson of Viacom, Victor Perlman of the American Society of Media Photographers, and Claudia Ray of Kirkland & Ellis will each present.

To learn more about the event, click here.

Stephen Zralek to be a guest on "This Week in Law" podcast

IP Attorney Stephen Zralek will be a guest on "This Week in Law," a weekly podcast that is part of TWiT.TV on Friday, July 20th. He will be part of a panel and will discuss topics such as the Righthaven cases, the regulation/lawlessness of the Internet, the evolving law of social media, fair use in copyright and copyright issues in Pinterest.

To learn more about the podcast, click here.

Stephen Zralek Quoted in ManagingIP about GoogleBooks Class Action

Earlier in June 2012, Stephen Zralek was quoted in a story by ManagingIP about the GoogleBooks Class Action certification. Recently, Judge Denny Chin, sitting by designation for the Southern District of New York, issued a ruling allowing the case to proceed forward as a class action. ManagingIP asked Stephen how much of a blow this decision was to Google. Stephen explained:

“I think it’s fair to say that it’s always a major blow to a defendant when a class action is certified. Here the class includes all U.S. authors and heirs who have a copyright interest in a book that Google scanned into its Library Project. With the certification of a class, there’s a much greater chance that authors will participate in the litigation; otherwise, each author would have had to commence his or her own suit, and many times suit is never filed after evaluating the risks and benefits. A class, however, allows authors with smaller claims to reap the benefits of joining forces with those authors with bigger claims, more at stake, and funds to fight Google.”

He continued: “If Google is found liable, the damages will be aggregated and likely will appear to be significantly higher than if Google had been forced to defend separate lawsuits. The upside for Google is that it won’t have to defend cases all over the country and that it likely will spend less on legal fees, itself. But, if found liable, Google likely will have to pay a big sum to the class attorneys.”

To see a copy of the full article, click here.

Bone McAllester Norton to sponsor Conexión Américas breakfast

Bone McAllester Norton is honored to sponsor Conexión Américas as the organization celebrates its 10 year anniversary at the annual breakfast on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. Charles W. Bone co-chaired the annual breakfast in 2010, and Stephen Zralek co-chaired it in 2011 and is currently serving on the board of directors.

Every year, more than 2,500 Latino individuals and their families turn to Conexión Américas for assistance in achieving their American Dream. This year’s annual cafecito breakfast will feature Janet Murguía, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), a powerful speaker and nationally recognized leader. Conexión Américas celebrates the 10th Anniversary of empowering Latino families in Middle Tennessee with a festive, inspiring morning gathering.

Wednesday, May

30th 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

The Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

Stephen Zralek talks with News 2 about possible legal issues with Pinterest

Attorney Stephen Zralek, who helps clients avoid and resolve disputes involving intellectual property, including copyrights, took some time to discuss the legal issues that go along with the new social media site Pinterest.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With millions of users taking to a new social media site, a Nashville lawyer is warning the online pin boards could cause legal problems.

Pinterest acts as a virtual pin board and allows users to post pictures of items they find online such as outfits, craft ideas and recipes.

Though the new social media craze gains thousands of users each day, attorney Stephen Zralek said there could be consequences to pinning due to copyright infringement.

 

BMN Hosts Embracing Digital Panel

Bonelaw hosted a panel of experts to talk about technology in Nashville.

Click here to read more about the event.

BMN Welcomes Veteran Attorney and takes a trip to Vegas with Will Cheek

James Mackler joins Bonelaw, Hendersonville runs, Will Cheeks talks beer in Vegas and Stephen Zralek has advice on online reputation management.

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Three Days in January Made Copyright History

Stephen J. Zralek © 2012

Three days in January 2012 witnessed some of the most important events in recent history in the world of copyright.

On January 18, the Supreme Court issued Golan v. Holder, which held that Congress is empowered remove works like the symphony classic Peter and the Wolf from the public domain in the United States, preventing orchestras, musicians and others from using these works unless they get permission and pay a license fee to the copyright holders.

On the same day, the technology community mobilized millions of people to voice their disagreement with SOPA and PIPA, two bills supported by the entertainment industry that were designed to fight online piracy. After blackouts by Wikipedia and protests encouraged by tech giants like Google, by January 19 most members of Congress had withdrawn their support for both bills.

On January 20, the United States arrested Kim Dotcom. He was arrested in Auckland, New Zealand for a file-sharing site called Megaupload.com that was based in Hong Kong. The site allegedly generated over $175 million by illegally copying and distributing music, movies and other copyrighted material without authorization.

What does all of this tell us? Three important things.

First, protection of our country’s intellectual property relies on international cooperation. For us to arrest Mr. Dotcom, who is alleged to have stolen millions from American content creators, we needed the help of authorities in Hong Kong and New Zealand. Which is where Golan v. Holder comes in: no one likes hearing that Peter and the Wolf and other classics have fallen out of the public domain and back into exclusive ownership, but for our country to benefit from international copyright treaties, we also must abide by them. International treaties are what prompted Congress to pull certain works out of the public domain, and what prompted the Supreme Court to reach the conclusion it reached in that lawsuit.

Second, if we didn’t recognize it before the rise and fall of SOPA and PIPA, there’s no denying the tension between content creators and content providers; between the entertainment industry and the technology industry. Our technology is intertwined with our entertainment and our content, so we need these camps to work together. Unfortunately for now, the tension is insurmountable: technology camps want free flow of information while content creators want protection for their original works. Ultimately, these two teams will have to reach a compromise, and Congress cannot ignore the need to protect American intellectual property from online international piracy, like the theft allegedly coordinated by Mr. Dotcom.

Finally, the online protests of SOPA and PIPA mobilized a new segment of concerned citizens. Google claims it gathered over seven million signatures in 24 hours in opposition to the bills. The implications of that statistic are simultaneously infinite, impressive and intimidating.

WaterCooler in at the Schermerhorn

Happy 2012! We're excited about our upcoming programs for WaterCooler and hope that you are ready to get back to networking with other Nashvillians.


Please join us on Wednesday, February 8th as we get exclusive access to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, not just back-stage, but actually OnStage.


OnStage at the Schermerhorn is designed for adult audiences to discuss, in a smaller, relaxed setting, a variety of musical topics with Nashville Symphony musicians.


OnStage at the Schermerhorn features live music and a seat right up on the stage of Laura Turner Concert Hall. With wine and hors d'oeuvres, the FREE evening of music and good conversation is a wonderful way to get to know your Nashville Symphony.


We are limited to the FIRST 40 people and this will fill up quickly!


Please RSVP by January 31st to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Doors open at 5. Please visit the Nashville Symphony website for directions and parking information.  Program is from 5:30 to 7:00.
Afterwards we will head over to


Roberts Western World on Broadway for drinks and good old fashioned honkey tonkin'!


WaterCooler is an informal networking group that meets monthly for drinks and the chance to hear vibrant speakers on the people and places that make Nashville unique.  There is no official membership and no dues -- just come when the topic interests you.  Check out our Facebook Page!


 

Stephen Zralek to chair American Bar Association Committee

Stephen Zralek has been appointed to chair the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Copyright Litigation Committee.


The American Bar Association (ABA) includes nearly 400,000 members and is the leading national bar association for attorneys in the United States.

The IP Law Copyright Litigation Committee focuses on disputes involving copyrights, monitoring recent decisions across the nation, and providing advanced educational seminars for lawyers on cutting edge topics. Mr. Zralek recently served as Vice Chair of this committee. He helped to urge Congress to amend the the Copyright Act to clarify the requirements required to file a lawsuit for copyright infringement, since no uniform standard exists as interpreted by the various federal courts around the country.

Mr. Zralek is a member at Bone McAllester Norton. He helps clients from the creative, technology and entrepreneurial fields avoid and resolve intellectual property disputes, and is a highly-sought after speaker and author on intellectual property and social media legal issues. He is active in philanthropy in Nashville, and co-founded a networking event for entrepreneurs called WaterCooler. He tweets at @StephenZralek, and blogs at TheExpressive.

Stephen Zralek to chair American Bar Association Committee

Stephen Zralek has been appointed to chair the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Copyright Litigation Committee.

The American Bar Association (ABA) includes nearly 400,000 members and is the leading national bar association for attorneys in the United States.

The IP Law Copyright Litigation Committee focuses on disputes involving copyrights, monitoring recent decisions across the nation, and providing advanced educational seminars for lawyers on cutting edge topics. Mr. Zralek recently served as Vice Chair of this committee. He helped to urge Congress to amend the the Copyright Act to clarify the requirements required to file a lawsuit for copyright infringement, since no uniform standard exists as interpreted by the various federal courts around the country.

Mr. Zralek is a member at Bone McAllester Norton. He helps clients from the creative, technology and entrepreneurial fields avoid and resolve intellectual property disputes, and is a highly-sought after speaker and author on intellectual property and social media legal issues. He is active in philanthropy in Nashville, and co-founded a networking event for entrepreneurs called WaterCooler. He tweets at @StephenZralek, and blogs at TheExpressive.

Sheri Jacobs, Anne Martin, Stephen Zralek, Sam McAllester & Charles Robert Bone Recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Sheri Jacobs, Anne Martin, Stephen Zralek and Sam McAllester have been named Mid-South Super Lawyers, and Charles Robert Bone has been honored as a Mid-South Rising Star, in the 2011 editions.

Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars honorees represent the top five percent of lawyers in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. Selections for the list are based on a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a regional survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by Law & Politics' attorney-led research staff, peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check. The Rising Star designation is awarded exclusively to top lawyers who are 40 years old and younger who have been in practice 10 years or fewer.

Super Lawyers and Rising Stars are considered leaders in their areas of practice: Ms. Jacobs is honored for her skill in environmental and administrative law; Ms. Martin, in employment and business litigation and defense; Mr. Zralek in intellectual property; Mr. McAllester, in real estate, bankruptcy and creditor and debtor rights; and Mr. Bone, in business litigation, personal injury plaintiff, general corporate, and mergers and acquisitions.

Sheri Jacobs, Anne Martin, Stephen Zralek, Sam McAllester & Charles Robert Bone Recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Sheri Jacobs, Anne Martin, Stephen Zralek and Sam McAllester have been named Mid-South Super Lawyers, and Charles Robert Bone has been honored as a Mid-South Rising Star, in the 2011 editions.

Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars honorees represent the top five percent of lawyers in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. Selections for the list are based on a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a regional survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by Law & Politics' attorney-led research staff, peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check. The Rising Star designation is awarded exclusively to top lawyers who are 40 years old and younger who have been in practice 10 years or fewer.

Super Lawyers and Rising Stars are considered leaders in their areas of practice: Ms. Jacobs is honored for her skill in environmental and administrative law; Ms. Martin, in employment and business litigation and defense; Mr. Zralek in intellectual property; Mr. McAllester, in real estate, bankruptcy and creditor and debtor rights; and Mr. Bone, in business litigation, personal injury plaintiff, general corporate, and mergers and acquisitions.

BMN Attorneys,Trace Blackenship, Charles Bone, and Stephen Zralek, Named "Best of the Bar"

Bone McAllester Norton is pleased to announce that three members of our firm are among 30 lawyers in Middle Tennessee named to the Nashville Business Journal's 2010 “Best of the Bar.”


 Nominated by peers and chosen by a panel of judges, these attorneys were selected for their commitment to their clients, dedication to their respective areas of the law, and their respect and professionalism toward their peers and chosen profession.


Honorees from Bone McAllester Norton are Charles Bone and Stephen Zralek in the category Outstanding Small Law Firm and Trace Blankenship for Rising Star.

BMN Attorneys,Trace Blackenship, Charles Bone, and Stephen Zralek, Named "Best of the Bar"

Bone McAllester Norton is pleased to announce that three members of our firm are among 30 lawyers in Middle Tennessee named to the Nashville Business Journal's 2010 “Best of the Bar.”

 Nominated by peers and chosen by a panel of judges, these attorneys were selected for their commitment to their clients, dedication to their respective areas of the law, and their respect and professionalism toward their peers and chosen profession.

Honorees from Bone McAllester Norton are Charles Bone and Stephen Zralek in the category Outstanding Small Law Firm and Trace Blankenship for Rising Star.