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What Is a “Joint Work” and Who Owns Its Copyright?

Posted on May 10, 2019
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A “joint work” is a work prepared by two or more authors with the intention that their contributions be merged into inseparable or interdependent parts of a unitary whole. See 17 U.S.C. § 101. A collaborative effort is only classified as a joint work if each author made independently copyrightable contributions to the work and if the authors fully intended to be coauthors. The phrase “independently copyrightable contributions” implies that if all of the authors of the … Read More

Does the Creator of a Copyrighted Work Always Own the Copyright?

Posted on May 6, 2019
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When we create something, we generally want to be given credit for it. A copyright is perhaps the greatest legal method of ensuring that you will receive credit for the work you created. A copyright is the legal term used for the rights given to the owner to reproduce, distribute, display and create adaptations of a protected work. A few types of works that can be protected by copyright are literary works (novels, poems, … Read More

Why Does the #GoogleWalkout Matter to Workers in California?

Posted on December 14, 2018
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On November 1, 2018, more than 20,000 Google employees walked out of their offices to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment claims. The event dubbed #GoogleWalkout is being hailed as a cultural watershed moment, but do you know why? Here’s a look into the event and how it could not only change Google, but the entire work culture of Silicon Valley. Why Have a #GoogleWalkout? The story of the Google walkout … Read More

Are Discrimination and Retaliation Claims Increasing in California?

Posted on November 14, 2018
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Los Angeles is one of California’s largest economic hubs. Not only is it the capital of the entertainment industry, but many tech firms and startups call our city home. However, this economic prosperity doesn’t come without its fair share of problems in the workplace. And these problems are increasing not only in L.A. but across the entire state. Are California Discrimination and Retaliation Claims Increasing? The California Department of Fair Employment and … Read More

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