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The attorneys at Morningstar Law Group are leaders who are frequently asked to share their legal insights and expertise. Here is a sampling of the wisdom our attorneys are sharing at industry conferences, in published articles, and at continuing legal education events.


John Kivus' Article on AI & Copyright Just Published by the UNC Journal of Law and Technology

April 8, 2024

The UNC Journal of Law and Technology (JOLT) just published John Kivus’ detailed article Generative AI and Copyright Law: A Misalignment That Could Lead to the Privatization Of Copyright Enforcement. The article is a well-rendered deep dive into US copyright law, its recent history in the courts, and the complex implications of how generative AI can […]


FTC and DOJ Urge Exemptions from DMCA Restrictions

April 4, 2024

Copyright Law Update by Mitch Tuchman Chances are you know the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) from the widely deployed DMCA take-down notices that copyright owners use to remove putatively infringing content from the Internet.  Enacted in 1998, the DMCA is more, however, with provisions scattered throughout the Copyright Act (the “Act”) addressing many copyright […]


For World IP Day, Partner Richard Caira Shares Thoughts on IP Challenges & Developments

April 26, 2023

What are the main challenges in the field of intellectual property law in the current global landscape? As the metaverse expands and becomes more prevalent in our society, it is important to approach the concept of it as being “real” from a legal standpoint. While the metaverse may exist in the virtual world and whether […]


Changes in Privacy Laws for 2023

December 28, 2022

Most organizations collect personal data as part of their ordinary business operations. But, new laws in the US and abroad impact what those organizations can do with the data. Here’s a summary of some major privacy law changes for 2023, focusing on a few key issues to consider. Please contact our attorneys who practice in […]


IP Protection in the Metaverse

June 17, 2022

With the rapid expansion of the interconnected world, augmented reality, and virtual reality, it seems we have a “metaverse” on our hands.  Consequently, the USPTO has seen a jump in the number of trademark applications to protect goods or services in this expanding virtual landscape.  And indeed, intellectual property (“IP”) rights can be protected in […]


"See Ya', Bye": Termination Provisions in Publishing Agreements

May 13, 2022

Try this for a paradox: “All provisions of this agreement shall survive its termination.”  For real: this was shown to me without a glimmer of irony during a contract review. A publishing agreement either expires at the end of its term or is earlier terminated, generally by action of one or both parties.  Expiration aside, […]


How Not to Become a Banker: As an Author, Protect Your Revenue

May 13, 2022

A publishing agreement may call for royalties to be paid monthly, quarterly, semiannually, or annually.  The longer royalties accrue unpaid in an author’s account, the more that author steps into the shoes of the publisher’s banker.  While royalties accrue unpaid, the publisher is earning interest; the author is earning bupkis.  An author’s job is to […]


"Dibs on Your Next Book": Advice to Authors Publishing Their Second Works

May 13, 2022

Naturally, a publisher who has gambled on an author’s early work wants to reap the rewards of their shared success. Accordingly, publishers call, “Dibs on your next book.” Words to that effect appear frequently in publishing agreements and go on to reassure the author: “If we are not interested, you can take it elsewhere.”  Even […]


For cybersecurity threats, get to know the CISA.

March 29, 2022

With the Russia-Ukraine conflict entering its second month, and dark warnings from the US government about potential retaliatory cyber-attacks from Russian hackers, there’s one US Agency that all companies should be familiar with – the CISA, or Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency ( The ongoing, and increasingly important, mission of the CISA is to reduce […]


Reps and Warranties in Publishing Agreements

August 27, 2021

In the 1970 comedy Brand X Taylor Mead, playing the president, is asked by a journalist, “Sir, what will you do when the inevitable happens?” “I’m an optimist,” he responds, “I don’t think the inevitable will happen.”  But inevitably it does. In publishing and other agreements each party seeks to shift liability to the other […]

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