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Jordan Sigale, Dunlap Codding Director, Quoted Extensively in Bloomberg BNA

Bloomberg BNA’s Patrent, Trademark & Copyright Journal quoted Jordan Sigale in a May 22, 2015, article on copyrights and copyrightability, “En Banc ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Ruling Says Actor Didn’t Hold Copyright in Film.”

In Garcia v. Google, Inc., 9th Cir., No. 12-57302, 5/18/15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, ruled 10-1 that the actor (allegedly tricked into appearing in an anti-Muslim firm) didn’t hold a copyright interest in her performance separate from the work as a whole.  The court reversed a ruling by a prior judicial panel, saying that the YouTube posting ,which had led to death threats, was protected by the First Amendment.  “The 2014 ruling by Judge Alex Kozinski had been widely criticized both by free speech advocates and by the motion picture industry,” noted Bloomberg, further observing that many copyright scholars and practitioners had predicted that Kozinski’s ruling would not survive.  But Bloomberg said some practitioners were surprised by the scope of the en banc ruling.

Sigale noted that the recent court’s ruling was a surprise in terms of scope, and was quoted as saying, “The Ninth Circuit did not need to reach the merits of the copyright claim.”  Sigale referred to a concurring opinion in the matter and noted that the court could have ruled based on the requirements for granting an injunction.  “Kozinski’s prior ruling was immediately dissolved by the en banc panel’s ruling.  However, Judge Kozinski and the unfortunate issues created by the majority opinion on copyright authorship are not going away…..Copyright law in the Ninth Circuit has been weakened by this decision.  I hope with the passage of time, litigants will see this opinion as being limited to its specific facts and move past it.”

With regard, however, to Kozinski’s point that a musician is not required to record his own music in order to hold rights in it, Sigale agreed and said, “Moreover, copyright law recognizes the separate performance rights in the various members of a band (e.g. vocalists, guitarists, drummer) as well as the producer of the sound recording….Similar concerns can and should be raised by choreographers and the like, whose contributions to larger works had long been recognized.  This opinion calls all of that into question.”


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Our goal is to celebrate the incredible diversity of creativity, innovation, and passion within Oklahoma City and to provide a venue—free of charge—to those groups and individuals working to bind us all together and make our home a cooler and better place. No strings attached—no extensive rules to follow. We simply ask that all of our neighbors be honored and that all viewpoints be respected. Our criteria for use is simple: If the event, group, or meeting is something which strengthens our community and brings us all together, the space is available for use.

The space has hosted everything from charitable fundraisers to an underground nightclub party to celebrate Canterbury Choral Society’s 45th anniversary season. We host dinners for the OKC homeless population most Monday evenings where upwards of 250 people are served—we provide the space and soft drinks and a local church provides the food. We’ve hosted university planning retreats and monthly local rock concerts.

Every Wednesday, we open up the courtyard for lunch, invite a local food truck to set up outside our gates, and welcome our downtown neighbors into the space for a bit of socialization.

Our never-ending soda fountain seems to be the biggest hit with some of our neighbors while others spend time playing pool or simply chatting about what is happening on the weekend.

For October we turn the space into a haunted house and invite the neighborhood children to come out and trick-or-treat.

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