Intellectual Property Blog

Broadcasters: How to Protect Yourself from Photo Lawsuits

By Edward L. Birk and Crystal T. Broughan In a recent post, we wrote about the fast-paced world of broadcasting, made even faster by the Internet age, and how this has led to the temptation of pulling imagery from websites without confirming copyright and securing proper permission. The reuse of online content is very easy to accomplish. The consequences can be very painful to the bank account. According to Federal court listings, a comparison of […]

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Social Media Photo Copyright: Apart from Selfies, Who Can Give Permission for Reuse Is Not Always Clear

By Crystal T. Broughan and Edward L. Birk As fast-paced as the internet has made the transmission of news and information, it can be tempting for media outlets and bloggers to grab the first eye-catching image relevant to a story. But any trusted intellectual property or media law attorney would tell you not to do this – otherwise, you could find your organization neck deep in litigation over what seemed to be an “open source” […]

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Supreme Court Rules You Must Have a Registered Copyright to Sue for Infringement

Copyright is automatic. The second you create a unique work, you own the copyright for that work. You do not have to apply to own the copyright. You do not have to register. You do not really have to do much of anything. Of course, that is just what is required for holding the copyright. However, if you want to sue for copyright infringement, the requirements change. At that point, you do need a copyright […]

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Things You Cannot Copyright

Advancements in internet and new media technology have given rise to information and creative materials spreading faster and wider than ever before in history. In turn, the sheer amount of copyright-protected material has increased exponentially. Not surprisingly, litigation pertaining to copyright violations has exploded over the last decade as well. However, there are still a few areas to which copyright protection does not extend.   Before contacting the U.S. Copyright Office, there are two primary […]

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Tips for Business Owners: Check These Things Before Deciding on a Business Name

Choosing a company name can be one of the most exciting decisions you make when bringing a business to life – but it can also be one of the most difficult. There is certainly more to it than tossing around catchy names until one sticks. It should be relevant, recognizable, easy to remember… and easy to spell. And of course, it has to be unique. Develop a short list of name variations so you don’t […]

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Tips for Business Owners: Protect Your IP Assets by Using Employment Agreements

So, your trademark is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, you’ve obtained copyright registration for your original materials through the US Copyright Office, and an employee agreement is now part of your new hire packet. You may believe your intellectual property safeguarding efforts are complete – but have you explicitly established ownership of the company’s intellectual property within those hiring documents? You should consider– if materials were created outside the ordinary course of […]

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