Tweets Aren’t Trade Secrets

The explosive expansion of social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn have given rise to numerous intellectual property issues, including the ownership and value of a “Friend,” “Like” or “Tweet.”  A recent case PhoneDog v. Noah Kravitz may address some of these issues.  In PhoneDog, a California Court is being asked to determine Read more about Tweets Aren’t Trade Secrets[…]

SOPA/PIPA and WIKI – the new “SIT IN”

The recent buzz across the internet yesterday was the equivalent of a 21st century “Sit In” as websites and internet users demonstrated against SOPA and PIPA.  SOPA stands for Stop Online Piracy Act, which is related to the recently (October 26, 2011) proposed legislation [H.R. 3261] introduced by the Lamar S. Smith (R-TX) who was Read more about SOPA/PIPA and WIKI – the new “SIT IN”[…]

RIAA SUPPORTS NEW ANTI-PIRACY BILL

The U.S. House of Representatives introduced new legislation, the Stop Online Piracy Act, today which is supported by the RIAA. The bill is designed to provide the Department of Justice with resources to prevent offshore “rogue” sites from offering access to illicit and counterfeit goods. A a hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act will Read more about RIAA SUPPORTS NEW ANTI-PIRACY BILL[…]

Social Paws or Arrested Pa’s?

Speaking of Social commerce, did you know that one in 10 UK pets has a profile on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. Many within the U.S. have also set up a profile for their pet. Although, it is hard to determine how many pets are signed up on Facebook, it appears that at least several thousand Read more about Social Paws or Arrested Pa’s?[…]

Facebook Pirates?

Protecting Intellectual Property in Social Commerce The Internet and e-commerce are becoming the standard mode of business in today’s global economy.  The current projection is that e-commerce in 2011 will account for 188 billion dollars with a hundred billion dollars in growth being projected by 2015 as a result of mobile commerce, social commerce and Read more about Facebook Pirates?[…]

Tattoo Copyright Lawsuit Settled

As a follow-up to the recent Tattoo article, on Monday, Warner Bros. announced that it had settled the lawsuit brought by Missouri tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill over the mark on Helms’ face, for which Whitmill claimed infringed a copyrighted tattoo he created for boxer Mike Tyson.  Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Copyright Infringement of Tattoos

In an interesting Hollywood movie side-drama consistent with Hollywood theatrics, the creators of the upcoming Hangover II movie are finding themselves fighting to defend themselves against a tattoo artist seeking an injunction over the unauthorized use of a tattoo. The tattoo artist, Victor Whitmill, created an original tattoo for boxer Mike Tyson, who appears in both “Hangover” Read more about Copyright Infringement of Tattoos[…]

Movie file-sharing suit dropped

It was announced that the company suing thousands of BitTorrent movie downloaders  under a profit making litigation scheme has dismissed thousands of alleged downloaders from suit, including those who downloaded The Hurt Locker. The makers of The Hurt Locker have now announced a cease-fire in the BitTorrent cases, together with the alleged sharers of Call Read more about Movie file-sharing suit dropped[…]

White House Recommends increasing the Criminal Penalties for Intellectual Property

The White House released a white paper recommending increasing the penalties for intellectual property crimes. The recommendations involve increasing rights and penalties “so as to more effectively address the substantial harm caused by intellectual property crimes.” Recommended changes include: Increase prison term for counterfeit drug distributors; Increase prison terms for theft of trade secrets; Increase Read more about White House Recommends increasing the Criminal Penalties for Intellectual Property[…]

Best Edition and Copyright Law

Copyright registration allows for recording of a creative work by depositing the work with the copyright office. By depositing the work, the artist preserves the work for future generations as part of our Public Domain. In exchange for depositing the work, the copyright office issues a registration certificate. Under copyright law, copies or phonorecords deposited Read more about Best Edition and Copyright Law[…]