The Blair Witch Law Firm Discusses Wizarding IP Law
Heidi Tandy, Rachael Vaughn
Solicitor Silverdoe and Barrister Markit of the Blair Witch Law Firm travel from their offices on Criatiff Alley to explain intellectual property laws of the wizarding world.The firm manages the Copyright, Trademark, Patent and Trade Secret portfolios of Celestina Warbeck, Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, Obscurus Books, the Herbologists' Union and The Prince's Trust.
The focus of the presentation will be on the copyright, trademark and patent laws of the wizarding world, and how inventors like the Weasley family protect their processes and business methods from economic espionage, how the Statute of Anne continues to protect Obscurus Books' products from piracy, and the manner of patenting potions.
Heidi Tandy has, over the years, been involved with the Help_Haiti auction community, FictionAlley, HPEF, the Organization for Transformative Works, the 2008 and 2009 Comic-Con Harry Potter panels and The Leaky Cauldron. In real life, she is an intellectual property attorney in South Florida, the mother of three Harry Potter fans and a firm believer in the maxim “Fandom is my fandom.”
Mild mannered intellectual property attorney by day and rabid fan girl by night, Rachael Vaughn has formerly checked herself into the Snarky the Owl Foundation for Recovering Snape Addicts. Although she named one of her beloved poodles Remus Lupin, Rachael is 100% devoted to the Potions Master. She will participate in almost any type of “Snape-ing” imaginable and spends a good deal of her time making Snape-related fan videos and overanalyzing every aspect of Snape's character on Snapecast. Her personal opinion is that any use of third party copyrighted material associated with her Snape obsession clearly qualifies as fair use under 17 USC 107.