Copyright disputes in California can be difficult to resolve. There are often legitimate questions as to who originated a particular work, whether a work is derivative, whether the information is so basic that copyright does not apply or whether the use of copyrighted material was fair. As digital technologies are still emerging and evolving, the courts sometimes seem to have trouble keeping up with how existing intellectual property laws apply to their continuing development.
If you or your company hold a copyright, trademark, patent or other form of intellectual property, you will want to learn about your options for enforcing the protections associated with those in the event that you believe a violation has occurred. California companies often secure intellectual property protections to further their business and financial interests and defending these may at times be necessary.
A wide-ranging, eight-week racketeering trial in California has branded a motorcycle club known as the Mongols as a criminal enterprise, allegedly engaging in offenses involving firearms, drugs and violent crime. However, the decision of a California jury last week that the group must forfeit its trademarked logo raises questions about due process and free speech.
The music industry is certainly that built on highly creative works and endeavors. That creative nature, however, does not negate the fact that it is still a business and one that many people in California make their living from. Any companies that are involved in the music industry or that rely on protections from copyrights might understandably keep a close eye on prominent litigation in this arena.
Any business based in California that has an online presence knows there are specific laws and rules that must be followed surrounding user privacy. Some of these rules are specific to ecommerce sites, some are specific to online advertising, and some are more general. While it is important to protect consumer privacy, it is also interesting to see some of the potential ramifications of expanding online privacy laws.