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- The Importance of Intellectual Property Protection in Fashion
More than many other industries, fashion thrives on the ideas, concepts, designs, and other creative contributions of its personnel.
- You Can Stop Trademark Infringement
You have gone through the painstaking process of starting a business, developing a brand for your business, namely, your business’ trademark, invested significant time and resources into this development, and suddenly you discover another business is using your exact trademark or a similar one. What can you do?
- What Is Fashion Law?
While the worlds of law and fashion may seem as far apart as one can imagine, legal matters are inseparable from any career or aspirations in the fashion industry. To understand why fashion law is so important, one must start with what it is and why it should matter to you.
- Google Books Is Legal, Making Information Free
After years of litigation, the Supreme Court let stand a ruling that Google Books makes fair use of others' copyrights. What does that mean for you?
- Social Media with a Side of Litigation
As social media continues to become further ingrained in our daily lives, businesses and individuals should consider its potential role in litigation - particularly intellectual property-related matters. Here, a few examples of lawsuits and potential lawsuits that have arisen specifically due to social media sharing.
- The "Blurred Lines" of Copyright Law
When a jury found that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' hit song "Blurred Lines" infringed Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give it Up," the world was shocked, and the music industry panicked. Here, we explain why the year Gaye's song came out was a major factor in outcome - and why, if it had been written only a short time later, the verdict may have been different.
- Is the Selling of Pictures of Sculptures or Other Art Prohibited?
The art world is full of fascinating pictures, sculptures, paintings and other works that capture various emotions or states of being. All too often, fans of these creations do not understand that they are not permitted to take copies or reproduce the items without permission from the creator. Sometimes, an individual is allowed to do so for private use only.
- Copyright Registration – A Prerequisite for Infringement Litigation
Registering copyrights is important in order to provide business owners and authors significant benefits, including statutory damages and reimbursement for attorneys’ fees, in the event someone infringes on their copyrights.
- FINRA Investigations Under Rule 8210
It is every registered person’s nightmare. You receive a letter from a FINRA office notifying you that you are the subject of a FINRA investigation.
- Sharing Photographs: Excessive Copyright Demands
Technological advancements in social media sites and website development tools have allowed users to easily share and discuss articles and photographs across the globe. In parallel with these technological developments, various organizations have sprung up that claim to represent owners of these shared photographs. These organizations send a letter and make an excessive copyright demand. Users must understand their rights before deciding whether to succumb to such excessive demands.