Copyright Piracy Battle at USPTO

To combat copyright infringement, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), along with other large internet companies like Google, Amazon, AOL, eBay Facebook and Yahoo (Internet Association) have taken their fight against internet Piracy, such as bit torrent sites, to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Back in June the goverment issued a Read more about Copyright Piracy Battle at USPTO[…]

Copyright Protection in 2014

Congress may be looking once again at extending the copyright protection for Disney’s Steamboat Willie as we approach the tenth year anniversary of Eldred v. Ashcroft. As some of you may remember, Congress extending the term of copyright protection in 1998 to continue protection for works of art which were set to expire.  Some of those Read more about Copyright Protection in 2014[…]

Fair Use and software vs. NCAA/ NFL

Last week, the 9th Circuit ruled that video game developer EA’s use of the likeness of former college athletes in its NCAA Football and NCAA Basketball video games was not protected under the First Amendment or under Copyright Law’s Fair Use Doctrine. The court also rejected EA’s claim that the use was protected under State Read more about Fair Use and software vs. NCAA/ NFL[…]