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Overview of Intellectual Property Law for Architects: Copyrights

Written by Brandon Zuniga This article is part of a series of articles addressing intellectual property law for architects. Intellectual property law encompasses copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and patents. This particular article focuses on basic copyright law and copyrights for architects. Definition of Copyright Generally, an original work fixed in a tangible medium of expression is a copyright. For example, a computer hard drive is a tangible medium. Copyright protection covers the expression of an idea, such as a specific house, but it does not cover the idea itself, for example, any building functioning as a house. Additionally, copyright protection does not extend to features of a work that are purely utilitarian. Once a copyrightable work is fixed in a tangible medium, it is automatically

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Netflix Bandersnatch Likely to Confuse?

Written by Samie Leigh A recent lawsuit filed in Vermont against Netflix claims that Netflix’s interactive film Bandersnatch is likely to cause confusion to viewers. As consumers of Netflix, many would agree that Bandersnatch is quite confusing. The premise involves an aspiring video game designer, Stefan, who develops a game based on a fictitious interactive novel, which he describes as being part of a “choose your own adventure” book series. The film enables viewers to make decisions for Stefan resulting in a number of different pathways or endings. What Is the Premise of the Bandersnatch Lawsuit? The narrative style of allowing consumers to select alternate endings by flipping back and forth in a novel or gamebook is a staple of the brand built by Chooseco

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