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The Copyright Royalty Board has released its unanimous Final Determination in the 2014-2017 Cable Royalty Allocation Proceeding. L&L’s clients (producers of religious programs distributed to commercial stations) were awarded their largest share ever in these royalty proceedings that date back to 1978, averaging nearly 6% of the almost $1 Billion compulsory royalties collected from cab [ ... ]

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We’ve all heard about cookies and clicked through the banners and online pop-ups addressing the use of cookies, but their actual purpose and the rules that govern their use are not commonly understood either by website owners or their visitors. With the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), the General Data Prot [ ... ]

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It is easy to become lost in the quagmire of privacy obligations for your website. In the absence of a comprehensive federal privacy law in the United States, individual states are enacting their own privacy laws. For a while it was only California, but now many other states either have enacted laws or have pending legislation. And if your website collects any personal information f [ ... ]

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On June 13, 2024, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the phrase “Trump Too Small” is not eligible for trademark protection under the Lanham Act. The case, Vidal v. Elster, arose out of the denial by the Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) of Steve Elster’s trademark application for “Trump Too Small.” The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) affirmed the P [ ... ]

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has taken the world by storm, showing up in most sectors of life. College graduations are no exception. On May 11, 2024, the AI robot named Sophia delivered an address at the D’Youville University commencement ceremony. D’Youville University adopts a developmental theme each year, and artificial intelligence was the theme of the 2023-2024 school year. [ ... ]

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The reproduction and mimicking of voices is fueling the latest tension between artificial intelligence (AI) companies and creatives. In 2023, OpenAI’s artificial intelligence system ChatGPT launched a voice mode function that works as a text-to-speech tool in interactions with users. The AI voice feature originally included five distinct voices that users could choose from: Bree [ ... ]

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