A Fresh Look at Copyright & Fan Fiction

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As a non-lawyer who writes often about legal topics, the last thing I want to see in my email inbox is a message from a nationally recognized legal expert who is pointing out a mistake in something I wrote. That’s … Continue reading

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Study Says Online Social Norms Create Copyright Violations


A new study from Georgia Tech says that mash ups, fan fiction and content sharing have created new complexities in copyright that have effectively turned the legal concept of “fair use” on its ear. Research into fan fiction and other types … Continue reading

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What I Learned from the Worst Employee Ever

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Recently, a reporter asked me to describe the employee who haunts my nightmares. I’ve been supervising employees for more than 33 years now, and I’ve a managed thousands of employees in my career. But it didn’t take me long to come … Continue reading

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Planning Ahead: Bastille on Bishop July 14!

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If you’ve never been to the annual Bastille on Bishop festival in Dallas’s Oak Cliff neighborhood, plan now to make it to the 5th annual event. It will take place on July 14, from 6-10 p.m. Go Oak Cliff, one … Continue reading

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Six Things I Wish I’d Learned When I Was Younger

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Today is my 61st birthday — I think. It may be my 62nd birthday, since I’m not really sure when or where I was born. (I have one birth certificate that places my birth in Illinois, and one that says … Continue reading

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New Sources for Free Photos & Images for Bloggers

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Is there a budget-conscious blogger, PR person or marketer who hasn’t been tempted to right-click on an image found by a search image and “save as” before using it? Probably not. Luckily, most of us know better than to steal … Continue reading

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I’m Proud of My Child’s Warning to School Bullies

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I have a grandchild who is counting the days until he leaves elementary school behind, largely because he’s been bullied for the last two years. Despite the Richardson Independent School District’s claim of “zero tolerance” policies for school bullies, none of … Continue reading

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