Cupcake War: FoodNetwork Sued over Popular Snow Globe Cupcake Video

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Popular Culture
With the holidays already approaching, things might be get a little too hot in the kitchen for Food Network, which has been sued for copyright infringement by a woman claiming the network stole her idea and techniques for creating snow globe cupcakes, as demonstrated in her how-to video on SugarHero.com. Last year, Elizabeth LaBau posted how-to-video on YouTube showing viewers how to use gelatin sheets and water balloons to transform the basic cupcake into a highly creative (and pretty cool looking) holiday treat. However, only a few weeks later, LaBau alleges that the Food Network uploaded a competing video on the network’s Facebook page, which she claims is essentially an unauthorized and uncredited reproduction of her original cupcake video. I’ve often been asked whether or not a particular favorite or…
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How to Cover That Favorite Hit Song (and do it Legally)

How to Cover That Favorite Hit Song (and do it Legally)

Copyright, Popular Culture
I'm a huge fan of Spotify's "Acoustic Covers" playlist. It plays on near constant rotation in the background in my office and at home on weekends. Some of these artists are just flat out brilliant and, frankly, I often prefer the cover version to the original track itself! So, if you're an aspiring singer or musician looking to cover a favorite artist's hit single or maybe draw some new fans to your work on YouTube, how do you go about it? First of all, it is important to understand that your favorite artist's track is protected by copyright law. An original song is a creative work that is covered (pun intended) by Copyright law as soon as it is fixed in a tangible form, whether that is on paper, vinyl…
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