In previous posts we have written about the importance of taking steps to prevent infringement of intellectual property. The failure to do so can negatively impact the business. As it turns out, there could be other ramifications as well, such as frustration on the part of courts with businesses these businesses. This is illustrated in the recent decision against Cox Communications, by a federal court.
In previous posts we have written about why it is important to register a copyright to protect works against unauthorized use. When the owner of a copyright believes it has been infringed, legal action may be taken. The outcome of these lawsuits will depend on a variety of factors. Because these matters are usually complex, in these situations it is important that all parties involved have legal representation on their side.
Copyright is designed to protect various forms of creative expression. Though perhaps not the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks about how a copyright can be used, software can benefit from a registration. There are multiple reasons why it is a good idea to pursue copyright registration for software.
If you are reading this it is likely that at some point you have either sung “Happy Birthday” to someone or had it sung to you. Few singing the song probably considered that they were potentially infringing on a copyright.
For those who create works of art being able to protect those creations is important. Copyright laws make it possible to do a variety of things connected to your creation including:
Technical advancements and have made it possible for many individuals in the United States, and throughout the world, to use electronics to access things they once had to go to a store to physically purchase. Having access to media, like music, at one’s fingertips, has been a game changer for all, and has prompted the creation of a variety of companies to manage the material. In some situations, the management of this material presents intellectual property issues. The music-streaming website SoundCloud knows this all too well.