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Supreme Court Uses Cheerleading Case to Support Copyright Protections for Design Features on Useful Articles

Posted on January 17, 2020
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There is a fine line between a regular object that is used for practical purposes and one that has its own artistic value with copyrightable properties. One would generally expect there to be a large buffer zone between a chair and a chair with copyrightable designs such as a specific floral pattern. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Therefore, courts are forced to distinguish between useful articles with only practical characteristics and … Read More

What Will I Be Entitled To If I Win My Copyright Infringement Case?

Posted on July 24, 2019
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The potential threat of a copyright infringement lawsuit is justifiably the biggest concern for anyone engaging in infringing acts. On the opposite end of the spectrum, however, are copyright owners who discover that their copyright is being infringed on and wish to take immediate legal action to stop it and seek damages where applicable. The biggest question looming on these copyright owners’ minds is what types of remedies they may be entitled … Read More

Creators of Parodies Are Granted Immunity From a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit by Claiming Fair Use

Posted on July 11, 2019
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A parody is defined as a humorous use of an existing song, play, or writing that changes some of the original content to create a laughable, ironic new work. However, the original author may wish to prosecute the parody’s author for copyright infringement. Unfortunately, for many of these original authors, the creators of parodies are generally protected under the “fair use” doctrine. The driving element behind the legality of parodies lies in the first … Read More

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