The Digital Millennium Copyright Act protects online service providers, such as YouTube, in California and the rest of the country from being held liable for copyright infringement when a user posts copyrighted materials on the provider’s website. However, an important part of the DMCA is that the provider must have a designated agent or contact to whom copyright infringement notices can be sent, and upon receiving such notice, the provider must remove the content. According to the U.S. Copyright Office, the designated agent must be reported to them electronically and the contact information for the agent must be made public on the provider’s website in order for a provider to claim DMCA safe harbor protection.
When you have created and published a piece of work in California, you then hold the copyright to it. This affords you some protection against having that work stolen, reproduced, used or copied by others who do not have your permission. If someone violates your copyright protection, you can then take them to court to recover damages and prevent them from using your work.
California prescription drug companies have to protect their drug inventions from competitors in order to be able to make a profit from them. There are two main protections available: patents and exclusivity. However, expired patents or exclusivity rights can lead to many legal issues and fights over ownership, making it important for a company to stay current on what protection is available and keeping that protection valid, if possible.
Dilution is when the value of something is decreased. So, trademark dilution is when one company infringes upon a trademark and it leads to consumer confusion and a decrease in the value of the trademark. California has specifically addressed trademark dilution in the state’s Business and Professions Code.
When you hear the term intellectual property, you may think of various patents and copyrights used by both small companies and large corporations in California. However, the term intellectual property encompasses a number of ideas that are ultimately protected under certain laws. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, any idea or creation that comes from a person’s mind can be considered intellectual property. This includes trademarks, designs, symbols, inventions, art, literary works and even names and images.
Inventions happen all the time, opening new paths for businesses in Sacramento to achieve their goals, streamline their processes and improve their own goods or services. However, using technology or items that belong to another company or person could expose businesses to litigation involving patent infringement.
If you have created a literary, artistic, musical or dramatic work, you likely poured all of yourself into it. At the law firm of Millstone, Peterson & Watts, LLP, we know that you will want to get credit for your work and ensure your creation is only used as you see fit. Perhaps the most effective method for you, and others in California, to protect this type of intellectual property is to obtain a copyright. In this post, we will discuss what a copyright is and how you may use it to protect your work.
Several weeks have passed since Prince died and ignited a media frenzy with his untimely passing. Beyond the fact that he was a beloved musician and popular culture figure, his passing has led to much conversation because of his lack of estate planning.
In today’s world, there is a vast amount of competition, regardless of the industry that a company in Sacramento happens to be in. As such, it is important for companies of all sizes to take the proper measures to protect their trade secrets and there are several things they can do.