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Artists fight back against automated copyright infringement.

Copyright law is intended to reward creative people for their hard work.  Copyright law in the United States protects original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression.  The term author includes creative people like painters, musicians and photographers.  Original works of expression are artistic creations like paintings, music and photographs.  United States…

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Fashion designer sued by band for copyright infringement. NIRVANA v. MARK JACOBS

Copyright is a legal protection granted to the creator of a new work of expression. Painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, authors are all creative occupations whose works can be protected by copyright.  Copyright allows creators to prevent other people from copying their works. Frequently creators are inspired by the works of other creators. Drawing inspiration from…

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Lawyers are not immune from intellectual property law. SINK v. SINK

A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, or design that identifies and distinguishes the products of one party from competing products.  Trademark rights in the United States come from actual use of the mark in commerce. A trademark can last forever as long as you continue to use the mark in commerce to indicate the source…

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Should I register the copyright on photos I post to social media?

A copyright is a set of exclusive rights granted to the creator of a new work of expression.  Sculpture, photography, literature, are all works which are protected by copyright law.  The creator of a new work of expression is granted a copyright when the work is fixed in a tangible medium or permanently saved in…

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