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Colin Sullivan is the founder and sole attorney at CrowdCounsel, a law firm focused on crowdfunding and intellectual property law.

 

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Posted by Colin Sullivan on Fri, 02 May 2014 08:20:00 EDT in Business/Marketing
The project creator's legal obligation to backers on Kickstarter is poorly defined.


Posted by Colin Sullivan on Sat, 14 Dec 2013 12:25:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online
Anger over the Content ID system should be directed at YouTube, not copyright law.



Colin Sullivan's Comments

Comment In: [News - 08/07/2014 - 06:14]

I don 't buy the ...

I don 't buy the we 're protecting the little guy argument they are trying to make here. There are many better ways to do that than hacking out chunks of audio from a video, and it doesn 't address the many other potential ways that a content creator on ...

Comment In: [News - 08/06/2014 - 07:18]

Content ID is no longer ...

Content ID is no longer a legal strategy, it is a business strategy. They want to keep as much content up as possible, and DMCA takedowns don 't allow that, so they have made a parallel system to divert people away from using the DMCA. r n r nI 'm ...

Comment In: [News - 07/21/2014 - 04:18]

The contract drafting failure was ...

The contract drafting failure was particularly sad. I doubt they had a lawyer review the contracts, or ignored the lawyer 's advice, because to have 35k disappear is a spectacular drafting failure that should not have happened. It sounds like this was negotiated after the Kickstarter ended too, which is ...

Comment In: [News - 07/22/2014 - 07:53]

California lawyer here, but don ...

California lawyer here, but don 't rely on this as legal advice. r n r nI 'm pretty sure that artists and designers can be considered exempt. Different companies may choose not to utilize the exemption, but they fall under the Professional Exemption in California. They also only need a ...

Comment In: [News - 07/02/2014 - 07:09]

I think people are worried ...

I think people are worried about this more than necessary. r n r nThe ASA suggest that stating there are in-app purchases is enough to make it compliant. In addition, I sort of think if the add said free-to-play instead of FREE then it might have been a harder decision ...

Comment In: [Blog - 06/23/2014 - 07:55]

This is a big part ...

This is a big part of why I think crowdfunding has the potential to be much more important than just another funding source. Getting paid before you make something changes the dynamics so much, and free culture is one great result. r n r nAuthors and musicians have already done ...