10 Tips for Better Legal Writing

10 tips for better legal writing, from legal writing guru Bryan Garner:

Throughout your career as a lawyer, you’ll be judged professionally on two main things: your interpersonal skills and your writing. Although the requirements of writing assignments will vary depending on your organization, your supervisor and your clients, here are 10 pointers that will improve your work product.

Trademark Law Slides, Fall 2014

Music Copyright Examples – Spring 2014

Covers (compulsory (mechanical) license / Harry Fox license available for the composition; no one-to-one permission required)

Mashups (substantial similarity? (i.e., is one-to-one permission required?) fair use?)

Samples (permission required for use of the sound recording; mechanical license available for the composition)

Re-recording / soundalikes (mechanical license available for the composition; the sound recording is not used)

Permission obtained (but is it required?)

Fair Use?

(Mis)appropriation:  permission — of a sort — was obtained, but wrong was still done


How can you clear the rights to:

John Cage, Imaginary Landscape No. 1

The “Deep Throat” soundtrack:

Mathew Rosenblum, Throat


Slides for Copyright Law, Spring 2014