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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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Makers of the original Monopoly, Hasbro, are suing Ghettopoly creator, David Chang. Hasbro alleges trademark and copyright violations. Chang says the game is a parody of urban culture. He has also pointed out there are at least 100 other games that end in "opoly." So, is this an infringement of Hasbro's intellectual property? more...

- - Trademarks

Parlez-vous Izzle? Not yet? If you've been yearning to better understand this unique language used by hip hop and rap artists, Gizoogle just may be the answer. more...

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Apple has tied its future to the iPod and tightly bundled it with iTunes. Some predict the suit could result in Apple Corps becoming a major share holder in Apple Computer, possibly with Paul McCartney as a board member But who knows? more...

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When Jennifer Cassetta applied for a trademark for her Manhattan fitness and martial arts center, she was excited about establishing a name for herself. That is, until Home Box Office, Inc. (HBO) got word that her business is called "Health and the City." The cable company thinks Cassetta's proposed name is too close to their hit television series. So, how close is too close? more...

- - Trademarks