Like “trademark,” it’s better not to think of the word “copyright” as a verb. Copyright is something that you have or you don’t. But when people talk about “copyrighting” their work or a work being “copyrighted” (or, worse, “copywritten”), it’s often shorthand for registration of a work with the Copyright Office. This article discusses how to obtain a registration and why you might want to do so. Ever since the 1976 Copyright Act, copyright arises automatically when an expres
Most of us don’t think twice about sharing a news article on our Facebook timelines, re-posting a cat gif to our Tumblr blogs or pinning a scarf or cupcake photo to our Pinterest boards. And, indeed, under current interpretations of U.S. copyright law, you can often get away with publishing or republishing creative content online without the author’s permission.
Usually, however, it’s not for the reasons people think. The line separating lawful republication of online conten
In this final installment on our series about HBO’s Silicon Valley, we return one more time to the legal entanglements that challenge Richard Hendricks and the Pied Piper crew and ask how authentic the portrayal of these issues really is.
In Part One, we discussed employee IP assignments and restrictive covenants. In Part Two, we looked at the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. In this article, we turn to two areas raised towards the end of the fourth season: patent t
For some fans of boxing, mixed martial arts and other pay-per-view sporting events, it’s long after the ring has emptied that the fight really gets ugly. The pay-per-view business model relies on promoters being able to separately license the event to residential and commercial customers. Because of the significantly higher cost of a license to broadcast the event for commercial purposes (in a bar, for example), it’s common for business owners to try and get away with showing
Sale of counterfeit goods remains widespread on online marketplaces like AliBaba, eBay, Etsy and Amazon. But brand owners are increasingly concerned about a related and, in some ways, more intractable problem: the unauthorized distribution of genuine merchandise.
Policing knock offs may feel like a Sisyphean endeavor, with a new counterfeiter popping up the moment another is shut down in an endless game of ecommerce Whack-a-Mole. But it can be done. The bigger platforms typ
In the 2010’s, the U.S. federal courts were confronted with the sudden emergence of a brand new type of litigation. Over the span of a relatively few years, thousands of lawsuits were filed alleging copyright infringement by anonymous individuals sharing files online, usually by means of the BitTorrent protocol. Rarely seen before around 2010-211, the number of BitTorrent and other file sharing suits skyrocketed until, by 2014, they made up over half of the total number copyr