Category Archives: Copyrights

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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How to Copyright Music

We meet with many artists who ask how to copyright music.  To many people, music can mean many things. Music may refer to the lyrics, music videos, the music recorded by a sound recording, the musical composition and arrangement, or it … 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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In the name of Santa Claus

It seems like Christmas is getting earlier and earlier, with Santa holiday advertisements appearing even before Halloween or Thanksgiving.  With Santa appearing so often and so long, overpowering almost every other holiday, one has to wonder who owns Santa.  I … Continue reading

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Your Intellectual Property Questions Answered

As an Intellectual Property Law firm, we are constantly being asked about the types of intellectual property. Many people know that they want their intellectual property (ie., inventions, ideas, art, writing, etc.) protected, but they are unsure as to what … 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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Copyright Infringement Deadline

Copyright Law requires that the filing of a civil lawsuit related to copyrighted work must be “commenced within three years after the claim accrue[s].” See 17 U.S.C. 507(b). Most copyright infringement lawsuits involve actions by a defendant who has copied … 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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