Bizarre California Copyright Law Upheld – from 1977?!

Federal Law normally “preempts” State Law, so how did Chuck Close win Resale Royalties in California from all the way back in 1977?
We discuss how Federal Preemption works, remind everyone about copyright first-sale, cover a bit of Dormant Commerce Clause, and wonder how this would apply to a digital work of art.

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Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court ruled in “Masterpiece Cakeshop versus Colorado Civil Rights Commission”, a much-anticipated opinion that was supposed to give the several states guidance on how the court handles the intersection of religious liberty and unlawful discrimination.

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New Copyright Small Claims Court bill introduced to Congress (CASE Act)

Congressmen Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Tom Marino (R-PA), Doug Collins (R-GA), Judy Chu (D-CA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Lamar Smith (R-TX) introduced the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act, which is intended to give creators a cost-effective way to enforce their rights, in the House of Representatives.

The CASE bill would establish a small-claims Board within the Copyright Office, where creators could represent themselves or seek the assistance of law students.

Let’s discuss the proposal.

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