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Copyright Infringement

Aug 13, 2021

Commercial General Liability Coverage for Trademark and Copyright Claims

As a business owner, you regularly assess the risks associated with your business and how to limit exposure. Almost all business activities carry some risk of liability and the possibility of being named as a defendant in a lawsuit. One of the first questions asked when that situation arises is whether the company’s insurance policy will cover the claims asserted. » Read More

Aug 06, 2021

Capturing All the Dimensions: Intellectual Property Protection for 3-D Designs and 3-D Printing Methods

Three-dimensional (“3-D”) printing is an innovative way to make products without the expense of machinery in factories. At its core, 3-D printing uses computer code in a computer-aided design (CAD) file to instruct specially designed printers to print three-dimensional physical objects one layer at a time. » Read More

Jul 23, 2021

Careful of Who Owns Photographs of You

Singer/songwriter Dua Lipa is facing a copyright infringement complaint (Integral Images, Inc. v. Dua Lipa, 2:21-cv-05470, C.D. Ca), claiming she posted an image of herself on her own Instagram account. And Lipa isn’t alone – in the past five years, celebrities including Khloe Kardashian, Gigi Hadid, Deshaun Watson, Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham, as well as others, have been accused of copyright infringement for posting photos of themselves on social media. » Read More

Apr 09, 2021

The Wild Wild West: How to Enforce Your Copyright on Social Media

Twenty-three years after the passage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), the social media landscape remains a “Wild Wild West” for copyright owners. Though not afforded the attention attracted by the spread of misinformation on these platforms, copyright enforcement can be an uphill battle for copyright owners, as social media companies struggle to enforce rules of conduct for the enormous output of third-party content they host. » Read More

Apr 02, 2021

The CASE Act: A Small Claims Court for Copyright Infringement

One of the past year’s most important U.S. copyright bills, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020 (the CASE Act) was passed in December. It establishes an administrative tribunal process for copyright claims of up to $30,000. Though targeted to small parties, larger businesses that own massive amounts of copyrightable content will also benefit. » Read More

Nov 07, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court Scheduled to Hear Whether Copyright Registration Is Required for Suit

For decades, federal courts around the country have split over whether a U.S. copyright registration is required to bring an infringement action, or whether the filing of an application with the U.S. Copyright Office is sufficient. At long last, the U.S. » Read More