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Ricky B
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In the "no honor among thieves" department, the owner of the copyright of a video featuring a precursor of the Masked Magician sued Fox for "stealing" his idea of exposing magic secrets to the public. In the case of Rice v. Fox Broadcasting Company, the court held, among other things, that Fox did not infringe on Rice's copyright.

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A broader point is that the decision is useful for magicians in several respects. Written for the most part in non-legalese English, it contains a good general explanation of copyright law and the kinds of things that are and are not protected. The court also made several rulings in reaching its decision that should help magicians concerned about intellectual property issues.

As a litigator who has helped a number of magicians with legal issues, I would recommend it to all performers, as well as other magicians with just a general interest in this area. For those who are interested, here is a link to the court's full opinion. http://www.metnews.com/sos.cgi?0503%2F0156582
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"The court also made several rulings in reaching its decision that should help magicians concerned about intellectual property issues."

Which rulings did you find helpful to magicians?

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