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October 2015 Archives

NFL fighting fans over online clips: Infringement or fair use?

We have discussed copyright law in a number of previous posts, as well as the idea that protecting copyrighted material is more important than ever in the age of the internet. That being said, there are many practical challenges that come with enforcing a copyright online - particularly if individuals are using small snippets of your larger copyrighted material.

Apple, Samsung continue to duke it out in patent dispute

A fair number of our readers can probably claim allegiance to either Apple or Samsung when it comes to cell phone technology. Everybody, it seems, has their own preferences, but whether you have an iPhone or an Android, you largely get the same type of product. Part of the similarity, though, is undoubtedly because companies tend to feed off one another when building competitive new products.

Patent litigation increasingly pursued by universities

It is common these days to hear about a lawsuit between two tech giants such as Apple and Samsung. Smartphones and other small electronics are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and the technological advances that make this possible are a major point of contention. Patent infringement lawsuits seemingly come with the territory.

The Facebook privacy meme: is it really protecting copyrights?

It's back. That pesky copy and pasted post announcing – in a rather legal sounding manner – that the user is prohibiting Facebook from using their private information without their consent. Other than clogging up your newsfeed, the message is raising questions about what we post to the social media site and whether or not we have any protected right to it once it gets put on the Internet. It's out of this fear that thousands of people have copy and pasted the post to their own feeds in hopes of providing themselves with some form of legal protection.

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