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Deepfakes and their legal implications

It’s hard to deny our affinity for creativity when it comes to enhancing selfies, vacation photos, or everyday moments with friends. Photo alteration, or manipulation, has been around for more than a century. Ansel Adams enthusiasts know he manipulated his distinct landscape images by creating darkroom exposure techniques. These days, filters on Snapchat and Instagram […]

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What is a “Poor Man’s Copyright?”

A lot of us have heard of a “poor man’s copyright” where you simply mail yourself something you want to have copyrighted. You then do not open the envelope and it is sealed with your copyrighted material, dated with the USPS stamp. But is that a real thing? Know the facts about a “Poor Man’s […]

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What is Intellectual Property (IP)?

Intellectual property (IP) is a term that includes property that essentially comes from the mind, including trademarks, copyrights, patents, and, to a lesser extent, trade secrets. It is vital to understand the difference between the types of IP in order to determine what you and your business needs. Simply put, you copyright your expression of […]

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Protecting Intellectual Property

2018 Pro Bono IP Fair

A Familiar Story Imagine creating something amazing. It’s well made and appreciated by your peers and shared among them. You spend time thinking and rethinking your work, making it better and better only to find someone has stolen your work and now you don’t have any legal claim to your own work because of a […]

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Intellectual Property 101: The Different Types of IP

Intellectual Property 101- Considering the Different Types of IP Many small business owners are confused about intellectual property, or as the legal community calls it, IP. Unfortunately for many business leaders, they assume that IP is the same as copyright, or that IP only pertains to artists. This type of misunderstanding can lead to serious […]

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Atari Sues Kit Kat for IP Infringement

Intellectual property is in the news again this week.  Atari, an iconic video game company, sued Nestle, alleging that Nestle committed IP infringement on its classic “Breakout” video game by using Breakout to sell Kit-Kat bars.  The lawsuit is a great excuse to look at some historical video game trivia and to see how IP […]

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Copyright Office Announces New DMCA Agent Rules

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA“) protects businesses operating on the Internet (called “Service Providers”) from liability for copyright infringement for the actions of their users under certain conditions.  Whether you realize it or not, you are probably familiar with the DMCA process, which is implemented through a notice-and-takedown procedure present on practically every website […]

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Small Business Copyright

Protecting Your Copyright Per Copyright.gov, a copyright is “A form of protection provided by the laws of the United States for “original works of authorship”, including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations. “Copyright” literally means the right to copy but has come to mean that body of exclusive […]

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