Aaron & Sanders PLLC

Located in Nashville, Aaron | Sanders PLLC is an intellectual property and technology law firm. Their practice consists of trademarks, copyrights, privacy, internet, and solving business disputes. Founded in 2011 on the idea that all businesses deserve sophisticated affordable legal representation, Aaron | Sanders represent technology companies and start-ups in licensing matters and business disputes.

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When American Exceptionalism Isn’t Exceptional Americans assume copyright is something you have to register for. The rest of the world assumes either registration is voluntary or honestly doesn’t know what you’re talking about. The truth about copyright registration, in the United States, is a little more complicated. Or, more accurately, a little more mystical. You do not need to register a work to have copyright in it. Copyright attaches itself (“vests in”) the author as…
The U.S. Copyright Office’s Section 512 Report Is “Unbalanced” After five years of work, the U.S. Copyright Office has issued its lengthy report about how the DMCA safe harbors are working. If you want to read it, you can read it here. The headline takeaway was that, about 20 years later, the safe harbors are “unbalanced” against copyright holders. But I don’t think you should bother because that conclusion isn’t really supported by anything.…
Joint Operation of a Business Leads to a Nightmare of a Case It’s fun to blog about well-publicized cases, like the recent Stairway to Heaven decision. But I pay much more attention to quotidian IP cases like this one involving a haunted house on Washington State Route 9 near Seattle. Not only are they much more like the cases I actually litigate, but they hold many more lessons for how to avoid sticky legal…
Your web browsing history is exactly as safe from surveillance by the federal government as it was yesterday. Which is to say, not wide open, but not wildly safe either. ID 37143254 © Igor Stevanovic | Dreamstime.com The Hype Yesterday afternoon a vote took place in the United States Senate.  Headlines emerged immediately thereafter claiming that certain evil Senators had just “Voted to Let the FBI Seize Your Online Search History Without a Warrant”! 
Folks in Louisville already know this, but the rest of the world might be surprised – DERBY-PIE is a registered trademark. Not only is it a registered trademark, the owner of that trademark, Mr. Alan Rupp, is known to be a vigorous enforcer of his rights. Chocolate-Walnut Pie, not from the Melrose Inn. All things Derby This is the end of Derby Week in Louisville, the lead up to the Kentucky Derby®, the most famous…
Songwriters: The Ninth Circuit Might Actually Have Heard You When the Blurred Lines verdict was reached—and again when it was upheld, twice—there were many stories about how the decision cast a pall on songwriting. What if I, a songwriter, accidentally wrote the something kind of sort of the same as a song from the past, even if I never heard the song (that I can recall)? Can I be liable for copyright infringement by…
A Layer Cake, or a Tower of Babel? Toward a General Theory and Test for Selection and Arrangement in Copyright Law One of the most bedeviling copyright concepts is… well, it has lots of different names. In the recent “Stairway to Heaven” decision, it was called “selection and arrangement.” But in other contexts, especially software, it’s called “selection, sequence, organization” (SSO). (I talked about the Ninth Circuit’s “Stairway to Heaven” en banc decision in…
Share on Facebook Share Share on Messenger Share Share on Twitter Share Share on Linkedin Share Share on Email Share Share on Print Share Tara and Rick have each been recently been featured in a couple of well-known legal podcasts: Tara is featured in Ipse Dixit, a podcast covering legal scholarship and hosted by Brian L. Frye, a law professor at the University of Kentucky. Tara discussed privacy law and privacy with Prof. Frye.…
Share on Facebook Share Share on Messenger Share Share on Twitter Share Share on Linkedin Share Share on Email Share Share on Print Share Rick was quoted today in Managing IP’s article Led Zeppelin Ruling Should Ease Burden on Copyright Defendants about the Ninth Circuit’s en banc decision in Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin. It’s paywalled (sorry), but a free trial is available. Among other things, the Ninth Circuit drew a clear distinction between probative similarity (that…