Copyright Law Update: New DMCA Regulations Loosen the Reins for Internet of Things

November 09, 2018 | Tagged: Mitch Tuchman

You may 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. One such DMCA provision comes into play every three years. Section 1201 […]

Morningstar Law Group Welcomes New Partner Amanda Mann

September 18, 2018 | Tagged: Patrick L. Byker, Amanda S. Mann

“We are very happy to welcome Amanda to our firm and to our real estate and land use practice teams, in particular,” says Patrick Byker, who leads the Firm’s Real Estate practice group. “Amanda gives our team even more breadth and depth to deliver successful outcomes, and Amanda’s skill and practical approach to achieving a client’s goals are a perfect fit with our clients’ needs and our Firm’s core values.”

Morningstar Law Group Seeks Legal Assistant / Office Administrator for Downtown Durham Office

August 24, 2018 | Tagged:

Morningstar Law Group is looking for a motivated legal assistant / office administrator to support its downtown Durham office. Duties include attorney support, word processing, reception, supply ordering and stocking, general facilities and administrative support as needed.  The successful candidate will be an effective, professional communicator with client support experience, will be highly technologically proficient, […]

13 Morningstar Law Group attorneys named to 2019 Best Lawyers® list

We are pleased to announce that 13 of our attorneys have been included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as a reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was […]

Frequently Asked Questions – Publishing Agreements

July 19, 2018 | Tagged: Mitch Tuchman

What rights does a publisher acquire from an author? What rights should an author grant?
A publisher typically wants the author to authorize an exclusive, worldwide license to exercise all of the author’s rights under copyright and the ability to authorize others to do so throughout the entire term and territory of the agreement. This might serve an author’s purposes but only if it doesn’t constitute “biting at air.” Know what your publisher has accomplished for writers who came before you with respect to each of the rights under discussion. Ascertain whether your publisher has arranged for such things as foreign-language editions or the sale of motion picture rights, and if not, grant such rights sparingly if at all. Negotiate a reversion of any right not exploited by the publisher within a reasonable period.