Monthly Archives: October 2016

Copyright Friday: Is your tattoo infringing on copyright law?

That Insane Clown Posse full chest tattoo you got in ’04? Your skin might be subject to copyright infringement. Before you get that Nike Swoosh logo or a tat of the The Burger King guy, give this National Post article a read:

Who owns your ink? Tattoos are at the heart of lawsuits involving celebs, artists and even coffee shops


Lyle Aspinall/Postmedia

More than 20 per cent of all Americans have at least one tattoo, and for millennials that number jumps to almost 40 per cent. What could be more intimately a part of you than a work of body art permanently inked into your skin? You probably assume that the tattoo on your body belongs to you. But, in actuality, somebody else might own your tattoo. Recent lawsuits and events have shown that tattoo artists and companies can have intellectual property rights in tattoos worn by others, including both copyright and trademark rights.

Tattoo-related lawsuits are not uncommon. Just this year, a group of tattoo artists for several high-profile athletes, including Lebron James and Kobe Bryant, filed a copyright lawsuit against the creators of the popular NBA 2K video game franchise because tattoos they created appear in NBA 2K16. The case is still pending in a New York federal court.

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October selections from “Films on Demand”

The library offers a great film streaming service called Films on Demand, where you can find historical overviews and documentaries on every subject under the sun. Each month Films on Demand highlights different milestones and events. Take a look and see what you find. To access Films on Demand, sign into Esearch and find on the Database list.


October highlights:

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Rise of the Hackers

The Most Dangerous Town on the Internet: Where Cybercrime Goes to Hide

Zero Days: White Hat and Black Hat Hackers

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Misdiagnosis of Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer: Prevention and Treatment

Arthur Miller’s Birthday: Remembering Arthur Miller: One of America’s Greatest and Most Studied Playwrights

Arthur Miller and The Crucible

Death of a Salesman

The Drama of Creation: Writers on Writing