Category Archives: Copyrights

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

on 11/10/2015 by David Szostek

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a U.S. copyright law that criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures (often referred to as digital rights management or DRM) that control access to copyrighted works. The DMCA criminalizes circumventing an access control, whether or not …Read More

Intellectual Property “Trolling”

on 11/03/2015 by David Szostek

Intellectual Property “Trolling” Some of you may have heard of the term “patent troll” within the context of patent rights. In case you haven’t, the generally accepted definition of a patent troll is: an individual or legal entity (such as a business) that attempts to obtain licensing fees or a legal settlement from an alleged …Read More

Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals – Protected Trade Secret?

on 10/27/2015 by David Szostek

Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals – Protected Trade Secret? Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is the use of water, sand, and chemicals to fracture rocks deep in the ground in order to release and collect hydrocarbon products. Fracking is controversial due to its alleged negative environmental impact. One of the key battles between environmental and community groups and …Read More

The Fair Use Exception to the Copyright

on 09/29/2015 by David Szostek

The Fair Use Exception to the Copyright In the United States, a copyright gives the author of a work certain protections, such as making it illegal to copy or utilize the work without the author’s permission. However, one exception to this rule is “fair use.” In the most basic sense, fair use allows the work …Read More

Copyright Infringement and First Sale

on 09/22/2015 by David Szostek

1. Copyright Infringement and the First Sale Doctrine under U.S. Copyright Law Copyright law gives certain rights to a copyright’s owner, including the right to prevent others from copying or displaying the owner’s work. The first-sale doctrine is a competing policy interest and legal concept that plays an important role in U.S. copyright [verify]. It limits …Read More

Copyright Law Basics

on 09/01/2015 by David Szostek

Copyright Law Basics Even though you may not know the definition of a copyright, you probably understand the basic concept of a copyright: the author of a creative work holds certain rights to that work, such as restricting the copying or profiting of that work without the author’s permission. According to the United States Copyright …Read More

Trademarks and Trade Dress

on 08/11/2015 by David Szostek

Trademarks and Trade Dress Trade dress refers to the visual appearance of a product or its packaging that convey the source of the product to consumers. Trade dress protection is intended to protect consumers from packaging or appearance of products designed to imitate other products, to prevent consumers from buying one product under the mistaken …Read More

Written Copyright Assignments Required From Independent Contractors

on 07/28/2015 by David Szostek

Written Copyright Assignments Required From Independent Contractors To obtain copyright assignments from independent contractors who perform work for you (including photographers, web or graphics designers, copyrighters, etc.) this copyright assignment must be in writing to comply with federal copyright law. If you do not obtain a writing from the copyright owner assigning you the copyright, …Read More

The Basics Of Trademarks

on 06/16/2015 by David Szostek
Trademark Basics

Trademark Basics Even if you don’t know what a trademark is, you’d still probably recognize one. In fact, by reading this blog, there’s a good chance you may even recognize a trademark within your field of vision. According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, a trademark is, “a word, phrase, symbol or design, …Read More