Infographic: Copyright on the Internet

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This week’s post is brought to you courtesy of NeoMam Studios, which provided the following infographic summarizing some of the most significant events related to online copyright law. (Inexplicably, however, the 1999 publication of my law review note on the subject didn’t make the cut. I call shenanigans!) Thanks to NeoMam, and Happy Thanksgiving to[...]

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Digital Justice in Detroit

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Earlier this week, I got the chance to speak at a Lawyers for the Creative Economy (LCE) Code event sponsored by Creative Many (formerly “ArtServe Michigan.”) The theme was “Cities, Privacy and IP in the Digital Now,” and I contributed some of my ideas about protecting artists’ intellectual property and creative uses for augmented and other digital media. The[...]

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The Consequences of False Contact Info for Infringing Websites

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Have you ever looked up the WHOIS information for a domain name to find out who owns it, only to discover that the information listed there is fake? (I’m not talking about the increasingly popular private registration services, but false information.) That can be frustrating, especially when the site is infringing your intellectual property rights.[...]

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Rule 34 and Trademark Dilution

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The popular internet meme known as Rule 34 states: “If it exists, there is porn of it. No exceptions.”  In actuality, there probably are a few exceptions to this rule (or at least I’d like to think so), but probably not many. At the same time, courts have become increasingly willing to product the owners of[...]

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Why Software Startups Need to Register Their Copyrights Now

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When it comes to building an IP portfolio, patents aren’t the only–or even necessarily the most important–ingredient. I am consistently surprised by the number of software startups who spend their last nickel on patent applications, but never even consider dropping $35 to register a copyright. The fact is that copyright registration offers many of the same[...]

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Landmark TTAB Decision Invalidates REDSKINS Trademark Registrations

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This post was authored by Jennifer Hetu, a partner of mine at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. Ms. Hetu’s practice focuses on trademark law and brand protection. She advises clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies on a wide range of trademark matters in the U.S. and international markets. Ms. Hetu also collaborates[...]

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Augment Your Breakfast With Learning at AWE 2014

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Attending this year’s Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara? As the Culture Chair of the event, I’ve collaborated with the organizers to hold “Augmented Breakfast” round table discussions on each morning of the conference. Between 8:00-9:00 on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, gather with us in Ballroom G&H (near the registration desk) for a chance to[...]

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Field Agent – a Crowdsourced IP Enforcement Tool

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Every once in awhile, you stumble across something that makes you say, “how did I not realize this existed?” or “I wish I would’ve found this years ago!” Field Agent made me say both of those things. This service has existed for four years, but I somehow just learned of it. This service is designed[...]

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State Business Courts – New Rules for Tech Disputes

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If you file a lawsuit involving intellectual property, information technology, software, or website development, maintenance, or hosting in my home state of Michigan, it will likely end up in one of the state’s new “business courts.” These are specialized dockets assigned to designated judges and designed to promote quicker, more cost-effective dispute resolution. Over the past[...]

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Wearable Devices as Copyright Enforcement Tools

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What if, instead of being a copyright infringement threat, wearable technology became copyright’s ultimate enforcement tool? Copyright enforcement will be a major challenge in the medium of augmented reality. The mass lawsuits of the past two decades against file-sharers and signal pirates have required a significant amount of detective work and discovery to connect individual[...]

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