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

Posted on January 17, 2020

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 Types of Creative Works Qualify for Copyright Protection?

Posted on December 18, 2019

The first example of copyright law in the United States was the Copyright Clause of the U.S. Constitution. It stated that all authors would be granted exclusive rights to their respective writings in order to promote the expansion of general knowledge. As time progressed, other works of art were added to copyright law. This included paintings, designs, music and photographs. The history of copyright law since then has shown us that the … Read More

How Much Privacy Do You Have On Your Work Computer?

Posted on October 14, 2019

For the vast majority of us, spending a significant portion of our work day in front of a computer screen is rooted in our daily lives. The profound advances in technology has opened up opportunities unimaginable twenty years ago—not only do we perform work on our computers, but we have the luxury of browsing the internet, shopping online, and talking to our friends and family through various technology companies. As constant purveyors … Read More

What Is a Software Development Agreement and Who Owns the Copyright to It?

Posted on September 27, 2019

A “software development agreement” is an agreement between a customer and a developer in which the customer contracts the developer to create a specific piece of software. A common software development agreement breaks down the creation of the software into phases. This ensures that the customer is able to see the product they are getting step by step, and it also guarantees to the developer that the client is pleased with the … Read More

How Do I Establish Priority To My Trademark?

Posted on June 21, 2019

We have all had that million-dollar idea in our head. We then brush it aside until we see the plan executed by someone else. We are then left asking ourselves, “Why didn’t I act on it sooner?”. This typical story that may be fantastical to most is the unfortunate reality of those who have an idea for a trademark only to find out they have just missed the boat. When it comes … Read More

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