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March 2020 Archives

Not everything falls under copyright law

California individuals who create written works may be under the impression that everything they produce receives legal protection. The truth is that certain things are not covered by copyright law, and understanding what those things are could help clear up any confusion. This prevents individuals from proceeding as if they will receive protections and finding out later that none exists.

IBM relies on patent law to stop infringement once again

Individuals and companies here in California and elsewhere rely on intellectual property rights for protection. Companies like IBM hold patents on a variety of technologies, and they keep an eye on anyone who may use them without permission. Recently, IBM relied on patent law once again when it filed a lawsuit against Airbnb.

Copyright law favors Led Zeppelin in infringement case

Even today, it would be difficult to find anyone here in California or elsewhere who has not heard the song "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin. The iconic tune is usually instantly recognizable, and back in 2014, the song became the subject of a lawsuit. The question before the court was whether the famous rock and roll band violated copyright law by copying the instrumental introduction portion of the song from a song called "Taurus" by Spirit, which was another band of the same era.

Some internet activities result in civil and criminal charges

Intellectual property is big business here in California and elsewhere and most companies do what they can to protect it. Before the internet, this was easier in some ways and more difficult in others. When companies discover their IP is in danger, the first inclination may be to file a civil claim, but the actions of those stealing or using trade secrets, patents, copyrights or trademarks without the permission of the owner could result in criminal charges as well.

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