All Articles Tagged "copyright laws"
Does race play a major part in preserving one’s family history? What if you are from one of the most significant lineages this turn of the century? Virginia Beach’s Conservative Examiner article titled, “MLK family makes a fortune from memorial statue…press ignores,” questions the supposed racketeering, committed by the King children, and how they are profiting from their father’s priceless legacy. But what they failed to include was the protection of image, known as copyright, and how it applies to every single aspects of a person’s public life works, whether living or deceased.
(The Grio) — Spike Lee, the African American film director, producer, writer and actor has released dozens of films, all which are referred to in their credits as “A Spike Lee Joint.” A year ago four Maryland musicians collaborated to form a punk/pop band. Lead singer G’Ra Asim, 24, drummer Brandan Bessel, 21, bassist Steven Edward Taylor Jr., 24, and guitarist Frederick Ashworth, 28 call themselves “A Spike Lee Joint.” Nearly two weeks ago the Silver Spring based band gained their first national exposure after being featured in a Washington Post article where they were labeled “budding irrepressibles.” This week the band-mates received a cease and desist letter from Lee’s legal department demanding that they change the name of their band. The letter states that the use of the filmmaker’s name was unauthorized and lists each website in which the band’s name appears and demands that they take down any and all content that references Spike Lee.
(The Root) — Author and nationally syndicated broadcast personality Michael Baisden is headed to court over a copyright-infringement lawsuit. Documents filed in the lawsuit allege that I’m Ready Productions, Inc., Image Entertainment, Inc., ALW Entertainment, Inc., Je’Caryous Johnson and Gary Guidry conspired to tour a stage play without Baisden’s permission and sold DVDs based on Baisden’s best-selling novels, The Maintenance Man and Men Cry in the Dark, in violation of federal copyright laws. The lawsuit alleges that the men conspired to use Baisden’s image and likeness to promote the DVDs without Baisden’s consent.