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What is Copyright and Why Do We Need It?

Harry Potter Intellectual PropertyImagine if J.K. Rowling spent 17 years of her life writing the Harry Potter series just to see it made available online for free to whomever wanted to read it. That’s 17 years worth of salary that she would have forfeited. Copyright protection solves this problem. If Rowling did not have an incentive to own and control her work, who knows if we would have Harry Potter – a brand that has entertained millions and is now worth over $15 billion.

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  • Copyright
  • Apr 22, 2015

The Legal Counselor Series: The Full Interview


Jon Pfeiffer is an experienced entertainment and copyright trial attorney practicing in Santa Monica. Jon is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where he teaches Media Law. COM 570 covers First Amendment issues as well as copyright, defamation and privacy.  

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  • Legal Counselor Series , Video
  • Apr 15, 2015

Sticky Situation: Another Student’s View

Christopher Chen, Pepperdine studentChristopher Chen, a student in Jon Pfeiffer’s Spring 2015 Mass Communication Law class at Pepperdine University, wrote the following essay in response to the prompt: In 2011, the US Post Office paid an amateur photographer $1,500 to use one of his photographs of the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, which sold more than $17 million worth of stamps. The sculptor of the Memorial wants to sue the photographer and the US Post Office for copyright infringement. Will he win against the photographer? Against the…

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  • Apr 08, 2015

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