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- MLK’s Historic Speech Protected by Copyright
If you watched coverage of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, you may have noticed that very few programs aired the speech in its entirety. That is because King’s remarks are protected by copyright until 2038.
- Copyright FAQ: What is Considered Fair Use?
When deciding whether you can use someone else’s work without permission, there are a number of factors that must be taken into consideration. One of the most important limitations to copyright protection is the doctrine of fair use.
- Are Neutral Experts the Key to Complicated IP Litigation?
Judge Richard Posner is taking a novel approach to the upcoming patent litigation between Apple and Motorola. He is using court-appointed witnesses to explain complicated subject matter.
- What Does Neil Young Have Against MP3s? Rock Legend Seeks Trademark for New Audio Format
Legendary rocker Neil Young reportedly does not like how his songs currently sound on his iPod. To remedy the problem, he is working on a new, high-resolution audio format to replace MP3s, as evidenced by several trademarks applications recently filed on his behalf.
- U.S. Gymnasts Are Not the First “Fab Five”
If the U.S. women’s Olympic team wants to capitalize on their gold medal win, they may need to hire an experienced trademark attorney. The group’s famous nickname—the Fab Five—is already trademarked by NBA player Jalen Rose.
- Rock Legend Seeks Trademark for New Audio Format
What Does Neil Young Have Against MP3s? Legendary rocker Neil Young reportedly does not like how his songs currently sound on his iPod. To remedy the problem, he is working on a new, high-resolution audio format to replace MP3s, as evidenced by several trademarks applications recently filed on his behalf.
- Will EU Ruling on Copyright Protection for Software Impact U.S. Litigation?
The Court of Justice of the European Union recently confirmed that computer functions are not eligible for copyright protection. While the decision is clearly a win for the software industry and its reliance on reverse engineering, its impact on U.S. copyright litigation remains to be seen.
- Patent Marking Goes Virtual: Are You Ready?
As part of efforts to improve the patent process, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act modernizes the ways that patent holders may mark their products. It specifically allows patent owners to mark their products with an Internet address that provides the patent numbers associated with the product.
- Towersquatting - and Contributory Cybersquatting
by Bay Oak Law
The cybersquatter is a parasite that benefits from an internet user’s confusion who thinks that they are accessing a popular website, when they really get something else. The US banned cybersquatting in 1999's Anti-cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (“ACPA”) and is codified at 15 U.S.C. § 1125(d).
- Is it Possible to Commit the Crime of Theft with Regard to Intellectual Property?
When it comes to intellectual property, many of us think of copyrighted works of art, patented products, or trademarked logos. All of these items are intellectual property, but infringing on someone's intellectual property rights is usually handled as a civil matter, not criminal. So, is it ever possible to commit the crime of theft with regard to intellectual property?