copyright infringement

DMCA Advice from the Department of Commerce

April 23, 2015
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The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 was created to protect copyright owners from infringement of their works (such as photos, documents, music files, and videos) over the Internet.  Amongst other things, the DMCA created an exception (“safe harbor”) against monetary copyright liability for “service providers” (broadly, providers of online services) who establish and follow […]

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EU Court of Justice Rules Web Browsing is not Copyright Infringement

June 12, 2014
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Whenever we view content on the Internet, our web browsers (Internet Explorer or Firefox, for most folks) make temporary copies of that content on our computers.  Amongst the rights reserved by copyright holders is the right to prevent others from making copies.  So do those copies constitute copyright infringement?  On Thursday, the European Court of […]

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3D Printing: How Will IP Law Handle The “Next Revolution” in Manufacturing?

April 3, 2013
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By Cathleen Stadecker 3D printing technology is becoming more popular as companies such as MakerBot Industries continue to introduce more affordable desktop 3D printers.  With these machines, which work by printing layers of plastic, metal, ceramics or other materials, more and more people are “printing” real-life objects –toys, jewelry, shoes, replacement parts – in their […]

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Speaking of . . . Copyrights | Did Avatar Rip Off Bats and Butterflies? California Court Says No.

December 19, 2012
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Misunderstood heroes.  Space travel.  Alien worlds.  Humanoids.  Greed.  Imperialism.  Violence.  Exploitation.  Intercultural war.  Redemption.  And Copyright Infringement? Everyone’s seen the movie Avatar. How many people have read the book Bats and Butterflies? How many people have even heard of it?  The author of Bats and Butterflies alleges that James Cameron’s Avatar is a rip-off. Background […]

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