Ideas for Thanksgiving in 2020

As the leaves change and the temperatures drop, we realize that the holidays may look a little different this year. We pulled together some suggestions to avoid forgoing time with loved ones or your favorite seasonal dishes. Here are some ways to have some holiday fun while staying safe and making new traditions!

  1. It may be difficult for families to safely gather around the dinner table for the main meal this year. Instead, take advantage of outdoor space and set up tables on your deck or in the yard! Grilling presents a great alternative to overcrowded kitchen space and an opportunity for new flavors. If it starts to get chilly, bring outdoor blankets, sip hot cocoa, or get together around a firepit.
  2. If you’re unable to travel to see family this year, watch the parade or the big game (people watch football on Thanksgiving, right?) while video chatting to debate the best float or cheer on your favorite teams together.
  3. Virtual Friendsgiving! Gather with friends online on any of the many video chatting platforms. Although it may not be the traditional potluck, find new ways to make a Turkey Day virtual get together plenty of fun. For instance, plan a recipe to cook together ahead of time and see whose turns out the best. Everyone can share their family’s favorite (or least favorite) Thanksgiving dishes: Is mac and cheese part of your celebration? Do marshmallows belong on sweet potato casserole? Who makes the best green beans? Play online games or watch the same movie together after a meal to help bring everyone together too.
  4. If you’re not into Thanksgiving food, you can always order takeout to support your favorite restaurants! Local family and friends can do the same and everyone can get together for a picnic. Gather midday and each bring an item to create a fall-themed brunch spread! If you’re missing traveling to far off places, plan on having everyone bring a dish from a different cuisine.
  5. If you’re hosting a planned virtual party, send props or gifts to help everyone get in the spirit. There’s no need for a big expense; a small handwritten note, stickers, or sweets can go a long way.

When in doubt, follow the guidelines set up by the CDC:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

— Lily Taggart

Gavin Team Life During Covid

Although 2020 has not gone as planned, that didn’t stop the GLO team!  We’d like to congratulate both Pam Gavin and Rina Van Orden on their respective weddings which took place in spite of the pandemic.  Pam enjoyed a quiet private church ceremony surrounded by her loved ones, while Rina revised her wedding plan for an intimate family ceremony in a beautiful setting.  In addition, both Jennifer Lovings and Kat Gavin purchased and moved into new homes!  Jennifer is settled into her lovely West End home, and Kat is getting familiar with life south of the James River in her magical and adorable home in Richmond’s Forest Hills area.

Rina’s Wedding (Photo by Awesomesauce Photography)

Kat Gavin’s New House

GLO Team Updates

We are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Sewell returned to the firm on March 9th, 2020 following a parenting sabbatical. Known for extensive experience in matters from trademark portfolio management to privacy issues and beyond, we are lucky to have her on our team!  Read more about Elizabeth or any of our other professionals under the “About Us” tab.

On September 9th we welcomed our new Administrative Assistant, Lily Taggart. She graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University Maryland this past spring and has been a wonderful addition to the team.  Along with other contributions, Lily manages our social media presence and creates content for the newsletter.

Our extern, Jamie Seibert, recently completed her time at GLO. Jamie is in her third year studying at William & Mary Law and we are grateful for her hard work and bright presence. During her time with us, she worked on trademark and copyright research, as well as corporate law questions. Click through our blog to find her article on Copyright Registration for Short Online Literary Works.

Copyright Registration for Short Online Literary Works

The Copyright Office recently implemented a new method of group registration for short online works that simplifies the registration process and provides a much more cost-effective path to protection.  This development offers a great opportunity for bloggers and other authors that frequently publish online content, who may not have previously considered copyright protection due to effort and expense, to obtain protection for their works.  The Group Registration for Short Online Literary Works (GRTX) allows authors to simultaneously register between two and fifty works.

To be eligible for the GRTX process, the relevant works must be:

  • Published for the first time online;
  • Between 50 and 17,500 words;
  • Published during the same 3-month period; and
  • Written or co-written by the same author or joint author.

The process is primarily for those who regularly publish content online, for example with social media posts, articles, and blogs.  The protection conferred only applies to the text of the work, so the GRTX is not suitable for images, videos, audiobooks, or computer programs.  Works made for hire are also not eligible for GRTX.

A major benefit of the GRTX is its ability to save copyright owner’s money.  For a Copyright Office fee of only $65,[1] authors using the GRTX can register up to fifty works.  Before the GRTX, clients would have spent more than $3,000 in government fees to register and protect the same volume of works in separate applications.  The new filing also helps to accelerate the registration process for online content creators who would likely have spent much more time and effort on registering their many publications separately before the GRTX.

If you are interested in developing a copyright protection strategy for your creative works, please feel free to reach out to us for more information on the process and associated fees.

-Jamie Seibert

[1] Please note, this fee represents only the government filing fee at the Copyright Office, and not any associated legal fees if you hire an attorney to represent you in connection with strategizing and filing for copyright protection.