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You may be sporting a brand new tattoo, but do you really own it? Before you answer, you might want to brush up on copyright law. more...

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After a successful crowdfunding campaign, a video that went viral and their products on the shelves of a major retailer, the fortunes of a startup toy company looked bright. Now it finds itself in a legal battle having used a famous song in a video. more...

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Technology has turned the traditional model for acquiring audio content, such as digital music files, on its head. Services for buying and sharing music abound, but copyright laws regarding digital audio content are tricky. Before you “trade in” your old digital music for some new sounds online, read about a company that has experienced a few pitfalls. more...

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Contrary to what your parents said, many musical bands make money. But if you’re thinking of marketing your band, you need to think about protecting its “brand”—the name and/or symbols you hope will become famous—and its original music. Here’s what every band needs to know about trademarks and copyrights. more...

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Video game piracy is estimated to cost the video game industry millions of dollars every year. Enforcing these rights is a never-ending battle. Here we discuss some of the industry’s anti-piracy efforts—and successes—over the past year. more...

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In early 2013, the United States Supreme Court decided a case involving a longstanding principle known as the first sale doctrine, which allows the owner of a lawfully made copy of a copyrighted work to sell or otherwise dispose of the possession of that particular copy, without the authority of the copyright owner. The doctrine is codified in §109 of the Copyright Act of 1976. more...

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With nearly $200 billion in reported sales in 2011, e-commerce sales are expected to continue to grow over the next several years. In 2012, e-commerce sales in the U.S. topped $225 billion, up 16% from 2011, according to a U.S. Commerce Department estimate. more...

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Content creators have partnered with major Internet Service Providers to develop the Copyright Alert System, which identifies users who download copyrighted content illegally and imposes certain consequences. Here’s how it works and what it might do for intellectual property protection online. more...

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The theft of intellectual property over the Internet is threatening individuals and businesses who produce and distribute IP-protected products and services, destroying jobs and suppressing innovation. Government and intellectual property industries have made it a priority to combat such theft, and have implemented different methods to combat it.

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that architectural drawings are entitled to copyright protection as pictorial, graphic and sculptural works despite the Architectural Copyright Protection Act’s extension of copyright protection to architectural works—all of which means changes for how architectural works can be used. more...

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