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  • Many players in the National Football League, most notably San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, are well known for their ink. The tattoos are so much a part of their persona that they are featured in images and likenesses of the players, including television advertisements and football video games. As a result, the NFL Players […]

  • Videos of virtual unknowns belting out Top-40 hits are some of the most popular content on YouTube. However, a recent copyright suit calls into question their legality. The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) alleges that Fullscreen, Inc., a multi-channel network (MCN) that produces some of YouTube’s most popular channels, has failed to obtain the proper […]

  • In a battle of intellectual property lawyers, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Keyes recently sided with the patent attorneys. He ruled that a law firm’s use of copyrighted scientific journal articles in prosecuting patent applications constituted fair use. American Institute of Physics v. Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner involved science and technology articles published by Plaintiffs American […]

  • Businesses that rely on the fair use doctrine and open source technology recently testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. The hearing featured testimony from representatives of crowdfunding website Indiegogo Inc., nonprofit software developer Beneficent Technology Inc., manufacturer SparkFun Electronics Inc., television monitoring company SnapStream Media Inc., and cloud-computing […]

  • As Congress continues to hear testimony regarding potential changes to the U.S. copyright system, the Department of Commerce issued a green paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy. It addresses striking the proper balance between the rights of copyright holders and the innovative power of the Internet and the free flow […]

  • The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA) exempts certain online service providers from liability for copyright infringing acts by its users, provided that certain conditions are satisfied. It can also be a powerful tool to remove infringing content from the Internet.  Online service providers must remove user-generated content at the content owners request or face significant […]

  • The United Kingdom has relaxed many of its copyright laws, that have been criticized as “archaic.”  The changes will impact a number of mediums, including computer games, paintings, photographs, films, books, and music. Under pressure from various sources, including a report entitled “Modernising Copyright,” that was prepared in response to the Hargreaves Review of IP […]

  • If you belong to the Facebook, you likely saw the fake copyright notice that has been circulating on the social media network. The notice purports to restrict the use of user content, including pictures and posts, under U.S. copyright laws. It encourages others to post the notice on their own Facebook pages in order to […]

  • Almost 50 percent of Internet users are unsure whether the content they are accessing online is legal, according to a new study from the United Kingdom. Yet, one in six people online believed they have committed copyright infringement by downloading, streaming, or otherwise accessing content illegally over a three-month period this year. The study was […]

  • The Copyright Act protects a wide variety of works of authorship, from individual articles or photographs that may not have a high commercial value to motion pictures worth hundreds of millions of dollars in the marketplace. Copyright owners can file lawsuits under the copyright law for unauthorized use of the owner’s work. However, not all […]