Let’s say you’re a small-business owner with a website to provide customers information about your product or service. Your site speaks to trends, news items or important developments in your industry. You see on another website that an industry leader posts an informative article or a useful video clip from a tradeshow. Can you reprint or repost that content on your blog?
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor Alfonso Ribeiro has been in the news a lot since attempting to copyright his “Carlton” dance. At the beginning of this year, we wrote about how the actor took issue with the video game creators of Fortnite, who used a likeness of the actor’s signature dance from the show done as the character Carlton. The actor and his legal team also had launched a suit against Take-Two Interactive, which created the video game NBA2K16.
A federal judge in the Northern District of Illinois recently taught a painful lesson to a business owner. The plaintiff alleged that an employee had taken information that was important and sensitive enough to the company that it qualified as a trade secret.
Few, if any, shoe brands are more iconic than the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High Top sneaker. Named after a basketball player and taken to market in 1932, Chucks have been the shoe of choice ever since, including by virtue of a gracefully pivot from athletic gear to fashion statement in the 1970s.
After today's Supreme Court decision in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, it is now more important than ever for copyright owners to file their registration applications with the Copyright Office as soon as possible. While an author gains exclusive rights in his or her work immediately upon its creation, section 411(a) of the Copyright Act of 1976 specifies that "registration of the copyright claim [must have] been made" with the Copyright Office before pursuing an infringement claim in court.