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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...

- - Copyrights

Imagine getting a letter demanding $25,000 in back licensing fees from the patent holder of a product you use to produce your own product. “Patent trolls” exploited U.S. businesses to the tune of $29 billion in 2011. Learn how they operate and what you can do to avoid becoming a victim. more...

- - Patents

Many of the world's most famous musicians are getting a second chance at controlling their creations. Musicians like Bob Dylan and Eagles, might have their copyrights returned to the original artists. How this will ultimately affect the music industry remains to be seen. more...

- - Copyrights

Much of the public may not have sympathized with O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony, but was it the jury's fault that much of the evidence was circumstantial and therefore with enough reasonable doubt to acquit them? And so the controversy surrounding circumstantial evidence continues. more...

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In the early 90's song "Pass the Mic," the Beastie Boys used a six second segment from jazz flutist James Newton's composition "Choir" prompting him to sue on the grounds of copyright infringement despite a licensing fee. You can protect yourself by compensating the artist through a license. But, how much of someone else's work can you use without a license? more...

- - Copyrights

Accidents happen, especially on the playground. And studies show that lack of supervision is to blame for 40% of playground injuries. If your child is injured as a result of a teacher’s negligence, is the school liable? more...

- - Home & Leisure

Louis Vuitton and Burberry have both filed trademark infringement cases recently, claiming their brands are being diluted by other companies. What can you learn from these luxury brands about protecting your trademark? more...

- - Trademarks

Outside of a defendant saying, "Sure, you're right," the easiest to win a civil lawsuit is by default judgment. When a defendant fails to respond to the claims made by the plaintiff, the court can find for the plaintiff and award them a monetary sum. Moreover, that sum can be large: $1.26 billion large.

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Intellectual property is becoming more and more valuable and protecting intellectual property rights is becoming more important—and more difficult—as time goes by. The rise of the Internet is a major force behind the increase in intellectual property disputes.

Here's a look at the top 5 intellectual property disputes both on and off the Internet.
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- - Intellectual Property Basics

How do you distance yourself when a company that shares your name files bankruptcy for the third time? Quit. more...

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