Copyright Infringement

Friday, June 26, 2020

How Do You Avoid Copyright Infringement?

Copyright is a form of intellectual property protection that is designed to prevent creators from having their original works used without permission. Copyright protections extend to original works expressed in a tangible medium.
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Friday, January 17, 2020

YouTube Updates How It Will Handle Copyright Claims

How will the changes to copyright claims on YouTube assist video creators?

YouTube has enacted a major change when it comes to handling manual copyright claims. Copyright claims are extremely common on YouTube, with thousands of videos being posted each day, often by amateur creators. Previously, copyright owners would file a Read more . . .

Friday, November 8, 2019

What Can Be Copyrighted?

A copyright is a form of legal protection for works of original authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright protection can apply to both published or unpublished works. From the moment the work is created, it is under copyright protection. While you are not required to register your copyright in order for your work to receive Read more . . .

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Publishers Sue Audible for Copyright Infringement

A copyright grants the holder certain exclusive rights such as the exclusive ability to reproduce or display the protected work. When someone uses the work protected by copyright without permission, this is referred to as “copyright infringement.
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Monday, August 19, 2019

Elements of a Copyright Infringement Case

A copyright provides legal protection which grants creators the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, and create derivative work of a copyrighted entity. If someone other than the copyright holder uses copyrighted material without the owner’s permission, copyright infringement has occurred. It can be a costly legal mistake to infringe upon the copyright of another. The party responsible for the infringement may be held liable for damages including $750 to $150,000 per work, or the actual damages and profits that were earned because of the infringement. Additional penalties may include court costs and attorney’s fees and, in some instances, even jail time.
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Friday, July 19, 2019

Supreme Court Rules in Copyright Owner Case

Copyright Registration

You may have valid ownership rights to copyright without a copyright registration. However, Section 411(a) of the Copyright Act makes it clear that no lawsuit may be brought regarding copyright infringement until “registration of the copyright claim has been made in accordance with this title.” The courts, however, have been split regarding the specifics of this provision. It is clear that a Read more . . .

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Google Asks the Supreme Court to Weigh In On Its Battle with Oracle

Should Google be made to pay for using portions of Oracle’s code?

What has been called the “copyright case of the decade” could soon be headed to the Supreme Court.  The saga of Oracle versus Google continues, as Google has now requested the nation’s highest court to hear the ongoing matter. Over 175 companies have expressed their support for the Supreme Court to take up the action.  Should the Supreme Court take the case, it will become a major decision to be referred to for decades in the field of copyright law. Below, our New York City Read more . . .

Thursday, June 27, 2019


A copyright can provide valuable legal protection. A copyright is a kind of intellectual property law protection. If your work is copyrighted, it is so from the moment it is created. Registration of the copyright, however, is required if you ever want to bring a copyright infringement lawsuit. Not all original works are eligible for Read more . . .

Friday, April 26, 2019

Copyright Infringement

A copyright owner has exclusive legal rights granted by the federal Copyright Act. More specifically, section 106 of the Copyright Act, under Title 17 of the United States Code, protects a copyright owner from someone else infringing, without permission or legal authority, on the rights granted by this law.
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Friday, March 29, 2019

Carlton Dance Cannot Receive Copyright, According to US Copyright Office

Why is the Carlton Dance ineligible for copyright protection?

Fans of the 1990’s TV show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” will surely remember the iconic “Carlton Dance.”  Throughout the series, character Carlton, played by actor Alfonso Ribeiro, would break out into a dance involving swaying his arms and hips enthusiastically.  Recently, the popular videogame Fortnite started offering the Carlton Dance as an option for its avatars to perform.  Mr. Ribeiro filed suit against Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, claiming that his dance should be protected and use of it by Epic Games Read more . . .

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

NY Judge Holds Embedded Tweets Can Constitute Copyright Infringement

What is the “server test?”

A case currently before a New York federal judge is already causing ripples among the legal community. In the case of Justin Goldman v. Breitbart News Network, LLC, plaintiff Goldman accused several publications of Read more . . .

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