About the Author

Rich Steeves

Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A. in English Literature and an M.Ed. from The George Washington University. In addition to working nine years as a teacher of English Language Arts at the secondary level, Rich has worked in both print and online publishing, most recently serving as Managing Editor at TMCnet. He is also a published author, having written two novels and over a dozen short stories collected in various anthologies.

Article List

  • Five comic book copyright concerns

    The super hero genre, in particular, has been a thorny landscape for IP, and that is most evident in the saga of one particular hero – or at least a series of heroes with the same name: Captain Marvel.

  • Copyright fireworks for Katy Perry

    The musicians allege that Perry’s 2013 song “Dark Horse” ripped off the 2008 gospel tune “Joyful Noise.”

  • 5 sports team name changes the Washington Redskins can learn from

    Now, the team has taken a loss, not on the gridiron, but in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. The team’s trademark was cancelled, and, though owner Dan Snyder is likely to win on appeal, he is faced with a decision.

  • Trademark trends

    I recently sat down with Michael Allan, partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, to discuss trends in trademark law.

  • American Apparel moves to protect shareholders

    The leadership struggles at the highest levels of American Apparel continue as its board of directors has decided to take action to protect the company’s shareholders.

  • The copyright violation axis of evil?

    The U.S. government has called out four countries as hotbeds of digital piracy: China, Russia, India and Switzerland

  • Digital revolution in copyright law

    If you were the Walt Disney Co., and you saw thousands upon thousands of fan-created videos that featured your intellectual property cropping up on YouTube, would you crack down on those violations or would you “Let It Go?”

  • Supreme Court quashes Aereo but leaves room for innovation

    It would appear that many, including the major television networks, would agree with Roberts’ assessment that the Aereo technology, which allows subscribers to view over-the-air TV streams through their devices, was using a bit of legerdemain to skirt existing copyright law.

  • Will the Supreme Court krackle for Kirby?

    When Kirby co-created these characters with the likes of Joe Simon and Stan Lee, he was toiling for Marvel (formerly Timely) Comics in a work-for-hire situation. This distinction is at the crux of the legal matter here.

  • Sherlock in the public domain? Elementary… or not…

    The estate of the late author contends that, since the later stories do a great deal to flesh out the Holmes character, the copyright protection should extend until the last Holmes story enters the public domain (sometime in 2022). This would have essentially extended copyright protection over the character to...

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