Global Connection - October 2014


Dear Friend of Snell & Wilmer,

The latest edition of the Global Connection offers insight into the particular nuances of U.S. copyright law, discusses the recent constitutional reform of Mexico’s energy industry, and suggests strategies to deal with U.S. export control regulations.

We hope this edition of Global Connection proves useful as you continue to seek out new opportunities at home and abroad. Please feel free to contact me if you have ideas for future articles or topics for the Global Connection or if you would like to be included in future international events hosted by Snell & Wilmer.

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Lindsey E. Martínez

Monkey Business

by John Platt

A photographer arranged a trip to Indonesia for the purpose of photographing monkeys. He paid his way there and bought and hauled camera equipment. While taking pictures, a particularly gregarious crested black macaque monkey grabbed his camera and took hundreds of photos, including a toothy selfie. The photographer posted the photo, and it went viral. When Wikimedia, the Wikipedia Foundation’s online repository of free-use media files, put it in their archive of “free” photos, the photographer complained and is considering suing, alleging copyright infringement. Wikimedia asserts that the photographer doesn’t own the photo – that no one does, because the photographer is not the author of the photo. [Read the full article.]

Mexico’s Energy Reform

by Carlos A. Sugich and Carlos Freaner

The recent constitutional reform in Mexico’s energy industry offers investment opportunities to private companies, Mexican or foreign, particularly in the exploration, production and refining of oil, gas and other hydrocarbons, in basic petrochemistry and in the transmission, distribution and marketing of electrical energy. [Read the full article.]

Grappling With Incoherent Export Controls and the Art of Voluntary Disclosures

by Brett W. Johnson

United States industries have long complained about overbearing, difficult to understand and contradictory export control regulations. Many of the complaints are substantiated due to the multiple U.S. governmental agencies involved in export (and import) controls and the constant changes related to industry requests for long-term reform or responding to unfolding events within the international community. Companies regularly use outside consultants to perform the audit. However, there are significant risks associated with such audits, even though the consultant may be a trained export professional. [Read the full article.]

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