Copyright

First Step to Federally Protecting Your Copyright

By Ann Marie Sallusti | amdlawgroup.com Many people may confuse a trademark and a copyright. A trademark is generally a word, phrase, symbol or design or a combination thereof, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.On the other hand, a copyright is the limited period of exclusive rights to copy, license, or otherwise exploit fixed literary or artistic expression. Why would a creator want to protect their copyright? Trademarks and copyrig

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YouTube Refuses to Remove Songs

By Christina Severino | amdlawgroup.com Amid threats from one of the most prolific managers in the music industry, Irving Azoff, YouTube has refused to remove roughly 20,000 songs from its website. Azoff represents many of the artists whose songs are still made available on the site. Even though many artists are already protected by music rights advocacy organizations such as BMI and ASCAP, Azoff is also implementing a new initiative, Global Music RIghts (GMR). So far, the GMR has enlisted 42 a

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Gung Fu Scratch & the Avengers: Brand Positioning Done Well

Brandon A. McCoy | www.amdlawgroup.com Avengers: Age of Ultron domestically grossed $191.3M dollars, and an impressive $631.1M internationally in its first week. Since, it has been reported by CNN the series earned $1B in just 24 days. These staggering numbers propel the Avengers franchise to adorn the number two spot, of top grossing series of all time. Age of Ultron did not disappoint. Tony Start was as witty and brilliant as ever, Bruce Banner was still attempting to come to terms with his

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READ This Before you PIN another item on Pinterest!

Pinterest is easily among today’s hottest new social media services. Founded in 2009, the easy to use image sharing site has over ten million members and continues to grow. The website allows users to “pin” images they like on the web to their personal “pinterest board” that they can share with friends and publish to the world at large. You can see what your friends are pinning, re pin things you like, and essentially just look at lot of amazing images on the internet. However,

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Prince Rocks The Courthouse: Copyright Protection

By Tyler Train | www.amdlawgroup.com Pop music icon and recently deceased recording artist Prince was well known for his legendary songwriting, epic guitar skills, and flamboyant fashion style but also for his relentless pursuit of copyright infringement.  In 2007, Prince declared war on The Pirate Bay, a torrent based online music sharing website, and filed a lawsuit which ultimately led to a $3.6 million verdict and even jail time for the website’s operators.  Prince had received public

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Hey, DJ Keep Playin’ That Song… Unless You Didn’t Pay For It!

By Breanna Pendilton | amdlawgroup.com “Mic check, 1..2..1..2!”  With the summer time here and the fall vastly approaching, we find ourselves in the season of parties: wedding parties, graduation parties, and soon, back-to-school parties.  And with parties, come people, music, and DJs.  While these three things are normal for every party, these three things can also put you at risk for violation of a federal copyright law.  (Ask yourself, “Is the roof really on fire?’) Copyrigh

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What Designers Need to Know About Trademark, Patent and Copyright

Sindy Wenjin Ding  |  www.amdlawgroup.com Some people confuse the differences among trademarks, patents and copyrights. It’s fundamental for intellectual property rights owners, especially fashion designers, to figure out the similarities and differences among these kinds of intellectual property protection, and the different purposes each serves. I’ll explain each kind one by one, and then give some observations on how the intellectual property rights entangle with the fashion world.

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Updating Copyright from Tech’s Perspective

By Caroline Lau | amdlawgroup.com Last week, Congress heard from leaders in various industries that provide creative, copyrighted content, such as businesses in film, music and photography. This Thursday on August 1, the same House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet listened to five technology companies present their assessments and opinions of the role of technology in innovation. In contrast with last week’s overarching push for stronger copyright pr

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Biz Owners Must Know the Difference Between Copyright & Trademark

It is easy to confuse a trademark with a copyright because they are both in the intellectual property field of law. It is important for small business owners to know the difference between the two to protect their products and/or services.        A trademark can be a word, symbol, and/or design, and can also refer to service marks.  Trademarks and service mark simply allow a customer know where the goods and/or service came from.  Sometimes, a customer will want to continue buying from

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Keep Calm and Carry On

By Tasha Schmidt | amdlawgroup.com "Keep Calm and Carry On." Have you ever heard this phrase before? This phrase's popularity is growing throughout the world as more and more people are finding resonation in the words. This phrase has been reproduced, parodied, and reprinted on everything from mouse pads to t-shirts. Now the real question is, who has ownership? Originally the poster was made as a propaganda poster by the British World War II government in 1939 in preparation for an invasion f

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Beware of Illegal File Sharing

Tasha Schmidt, Staff Writer, AMD Law Designed to hold those accountable who are engaged in illegal file sharing, this new software is designed to protect those whose creative property is being infringed upon illegally. This software is modeled after something like the, “three strikes and your out policy,” that many people are familiar with and has been implemented to try and prevent individuals from sharing their files illegally. The system is called CAS (Copyright Alert System.) It

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Rihanna Comes Out on Top in Topshop T-shirt Lawsuit

By Caroline Lau | amdlawgroup.com Earlier this year, pop star Rihanna brought an infringement case against Arcadia Group Brands Ltd., the parent company of British fashion retailer Topshop over its sales of t-shirts bearing an image of her that was use without permission. The image is derived from an unofficial photograph taken during the shooting of her “We Found Love” music video in 2011. The the singer is suing for $5 million in damages. On Wednesday, July 31, the High Court in London

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When is a cheerleading uniform a uniform? If you have seen one cheerleading uniform or bought one for your little girl you have seen them all. In Varsity v. Star Athletica, LLC (Plaintiffs Varsity Brands, Inc., Varsity Spirit Corporation, and Varsity Spirit Fashions & Supplies, Inc. (collectively “Varsity”)) “have registered copyrights for multiple graphic designs that appear on the cheerleading uniforms and warm-ups they sell.”  “Varsity sought and received copyright regis

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Angelina Jolie fights Copyright Infringement- Intellectual Property Case Study #19

Angelina Jolie has recently begun making preparations to dismiss a lawsuit from a Croatian journalist who claims that the storyline for her directorial debut, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” was taken from his own book about the Bosnian Civil War. The movie, entirely written, produced, and directed by Jolie, follows the romance between a rape and kidnap victim and one of her captors during the war. The reporter, James J. Braddock, filed a copyright infringement suit claiming that the

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Google and Prior Art Searching – International Intellectual Property Law – Case Study #11

Google’s has expanded its search coverage for patents by adding millions of documents from the European Patent office to Google Patents. In addition, they have added a “Prior Art Finder” feature that automatically scans the web, Google Patents, Google Scholar, and Google Books for key phrases from a patent’s text. It essentially tries to find elements associated with the patent and then restricts the search results to items published prior to the priority date on the items patent documen

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