Doug Isenberg Discusses Magic and the Law on the 'Magic Word Podcast'

Doug Isenberg spoke at length about intellectual property law for magicians as a guest on The Magic Word Podcast with Scott Wells. The interview followed a recent presentation that Isenberg gave at the Magi-Fest convention in Columbus, Ohio.

The podcast offers in-depth discussions with magicians and others in the magic community, as well as coverage of important and interesting developments for professional and amateur magicians. Wells, the host of the podcast, is a professional magician and a four-time winner of Houston's "Magician of the Year" award.

In the interview, Isenberg discusses the importance and limits of copyright and trademark protection for magicians and offers suggestions about how magicians can protect their works, especially in light of threats posed by the Internet.

Isenberg, an attorney, is the founder of The GigaLaw Firm and has been called "an international authority on Internet law" by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Doug Isenberg Quoted in Article About '.bible' Top-Level Domain

Doug Isenberg was quoted in an article about the ".bible" top-level domain (TLD) published by Religion News Service, "American Bible Society’s .bible domain policies restrict religious freedom online, critics say."

The article examines a controversy related to restrictions on use of the ".bible" TLD, which is operated by the American Bible Society.

The article also discusses an unusual dispute policy for resolving ".bible" domain name disputes, which requires that panelists take a religious oath. Isenberg first brought this policy to light in a blog post in June 2016, "The DotBible Litmus Test for Domain Name Dispute Panelists."

"I've been a domain dispute panelist for a long time and I've never been asked to sign any type of statement before about my religious beliefs, or political beliefs, or anything other than a requirement that I can be neutral and impartial in reaching a decision," the article quotes Isenberg as saying.

Isenberg serves as a domain name panelist for the World Intellectual Property Organization, (WIPO), the Forum (formerly the National Arbitration Forum), the Czech Arbitration Court (CAC), and the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC).

Doug Isenberg Delivers Presentation on Copyright Law at Magic Convention


Doug Isenberg delivered a presentation on copyright law for magicians at the 2018 Magi-Fest convention in Columbus, Ohio. Magi-Fest is one of the largest magic conventions in the United States, with more than 800 attendees this year.

Doug's presentation, on January 26, 2018, focused on how magicians can use copyright law to protect their craft, especially on the Internet; limitations of copyright protection for magic; and ethical issues related to copyright law and magic.

Doug discussed a number of important copyright law cases, including a dispute brought by the famous magician Teller against a YouTube user who had uploaded videos that Teller alleged infringed his rights. Although the court ruled in Teller's favor, Doug explained the importance of the case, including the court's statement that "magic tricks are not copyrightable."

GigaLaw Blog Joins 'Best Legal Blog Hall of Fame'


Doug Isenberg's GigaLaw blog has earned a permanent place in The Expert Institute's Best Legal Blog Hall of Fame, winning second place in the "legal tech" category in 2017.

This is the third consecutive year in which the GigaLaw blog placed in the Best Legal Blog competition. In 2016, the GigaLaw blog won first place in the "legal tech" category.

The GigaLaw blog provides news and analysis about important Internet legal issues, with a focus on domain name disputes, an area of law in which Doug has practiced for more than two decades. Doug is also a panelist with four of the leading domain name dispute providers, including WIPO and the Forum.

The GigaLaw blog, which was redesigned and relaunched earlier this year, frequently covers issues related to the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS).

The GigaLaw Firm Recognized by 'Best Law Firms'

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have announced the “Best Law Firms” rankings for 2018, which again includes The GigaLaw Firm.

"Firms included in the 2018 'Best Law Firms' list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers," the publications said. "Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise."

The GigaLaw Firm has been included in the “Best Law Firms” rankings for its work in the area of technology law.

"Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale," according to U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. "Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for its abilities, its professionalism, and its integrity."

The GigaLaw Firm's tiered rankings for technology law included designations both nationally and in metropolitan Atlanta.

Founded by attorney Doug Isenberg, The GigaLaw Firm helps companies of all sizes protect their brands online, using domain name dispute policies -- such as the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) -- and other legal tools available to copyright and trademark owners on the Internet.

Doug is a recognized leader on Internet law; a domain name arbitrator; and a frequent author and speaker on Internet legal issues. He has also served as an adjunct professor of computer and cyberspace law. His GigaLaw blog has been selected by the American Bar Association's Journal as one of the top 100 best blogs for a legal audience.