Category Archives: Copyright News

Copyright Application vs. Copyright Registration

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will take on the issue of whether a copyright registration or a copyright application is required before bringing a copyright infringement suit. Currently, depending on the location of your copyright lawsuit, some courts … Continue reading

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Stolen Photos Costs Company

Capturing just the right photograph, often is the result of countless hours of time, effort, attention, planning and preparation.  While capturing the photograph can represent countless hours, stealing the photograph off the internet takes only seconds.  In today’s digital world, … Continue reading

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The MET Announces Access to Free Images

The Metropolitan Museum announced access to nearly 400,000 images – for free. The Museum provides these images under an Open Access license for all public-domain works in the Met collection. The Creative Commons Zero (“CC0”) license allows use of the … Continue reading

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When a Takedown is used Wrongly

The Ninth Circuit has ruled that prior to seeking a Takedown under the DMCA, copyright holders must perform a fair-use evaluation of the alleged infringement. Failure to do so, may expose the copyright owner to damages for wrongfully seeking a … Continue reading

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Of Fatwas and Copyrights

In a controversial ruling, the 9th Circuit found that an actress had an independent copyright interest in her performance within a short film – a finding directly contrary to the majority view. Or at least, that is how many are … Continue reading

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Intellectual Property: the Types, the Benefits, and How We Can Help

In the modern world, intellectual property protection is becoming ever more important.  We are constantly seeing headlines about billion dollar intellectual property disputes between tech giants like Google, Samsung and Apple.  Most often, these articles jump right into the details … Continue reading

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Fair Use and software vs. NCAA/ NFL

Last week, the 9th Circuit ruled that video game developer EA’s use of the likeness of former college athletes in its NCAA Football and NCAA Basketball video games was not protected under the First Amendment or under Copyright Law’s Fair … Continue reading

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Copyright First Sale Doctrine – Worldwide

On March 19, 2013, the Supreme Court issued the much-anticipated decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., holding 6 to 3 that Copyright First Sale Doctrine applies to “foreign-made works, and that the authorized manufacture and sale of … Continue reading

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Movie file-sharing suit dropped

It was announced that the company suing thousands of BitTorrent movie downloaders  under a profit making litigation scheme has dismissed thousands of alleged downloaders from suit, including those who downloaded The Hurt Locker. The makers of The Hurt Locker have … Continue reading

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White House Recommends increasing the Criminal Penalties for Intellectual Property

The White House released a white paper recommending increasing the penalties for intellectual property crimes. The recommendations involve increasing rights and penalties “so as to more effectively address the substantial harm caused by intellectual property crimes.” Recommended changes include: Increase … Continue reading

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