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Copyright Office Modernizes Registration Under DMCA

Any company operating a website that is unsure whether all the content on it is its own copyrighted material should have an Agent registered under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). At long last, registering an Agent no longer involves a process out of the 1950s with a filing fee well out line with its benefit. Filing is now done online and the fee is minimal. The DMCA provides safe harbors from copyright infringement liability for online service providers and websites that allow users to post or store material on their systems, or, perhaps, have material on their sites of questionable copyright origin. If a DMCA Agent is registered, then the agent must be the one to receive notifications of claimed copyright infringement. After notice, the website has a short time to determine if the objected to material is infringing another's copyright, but no law suit can be brought during [...]

By | 2018-01-18T09:49:33+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Categories: |Tags: , |Comments Off on Copyright Office Modernizes Registration Under DMCA

Taking photos off the internet can be costly

by Charles H. Knull In the early days of the internet, many people believed that “everything on the internet is free to take and copy.” Those people often ended in court as defendants in trademark and copyright infringement cases. The belief that intellectual property laws were somehow suspended on the web was dispelled, Of course, there is still plenty of “borrowing” that happens because it is so easy to cut and paste text and to “right click” on a photograph and then use the text or photograph on one’s own project or website. Beware the Robots! For a good number of years, copyright and trademark owners discovered web infringements by happenstance. Some big guys did employ people to constantly search the web for ripped-off materials. Then these people were replaced by Robot programs that scan huge numbers of web pages and can identify infringing graphic images based upon the images which are entered [...]

By | 2018-01-18T09:49:34+00:00 April 17th, 2016|Categories: , , |Comments Off on Taking photos off the internet can be costly

Why Should I Apply for a Copyright Sooner Rather Than Later?

By Chuck Knull Making your company's products or services appear special and different from the competition involves branding. Branding involves the use of trademarks to identify the source of products. Protecting your brand also requires careful attention to the protection available under copyright laws, as copyright protection can enhance trademark protection. The Federal Copyright Act protects the “original expression” of an idea or ideas when such expression is “fixed”, that is, when it is printed, painted, recorded or filmed. The ideas themselves are not protected by copyright. Anybody making or marketing consumer products must seriously consider registering copyrighted material such as the text and illustrations of a web site, posters, print advertising, website videos, infomercial recordings, the labels on the goods and its packaging, and any instructional or informational material packed with products or offered as handouts. The owner of a copyright has the right to prevent (by injunction) others [...]

By | 2018-01-18T09:49:34+00:00 November 13th, 2013|Categories: |Tags: , |Comments Off on Why Should I Apply for a Copyright Sooner Rather Than Later?