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Graffiti artists see victory under Visual Artists Rights Act claim

Mike Nepple October 14, 2020
A New York building covered in graffiti

A multi-million dollar verdict in favor of New York graffiti artists is now final after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the real estate developer Gerald Wolkoff’s appeal. READ MORE

Not a bargain at twice the price: Court awards attorneys’ fees to victorious copyright defendant

Mike Nepple September 16, 2020
Someone holding opening an empty wallet

Richard Bell, an attorney-photographer who has filed and settled many infringement lawsuits, has learned that a loss at trial can be particularly expensive when a court ordered him to pay a defendant’s fees. READ MORE

Why potential claimants should take care with DMCA takedown demands

Justin Mulligan September 1, 2020
copyright

A recent decision shows why intellectual property owners need to verify the merit of their DMCA takedown notices before making them. Improper DMCA takedown notices can lead to costly litigation and potential liabilities. READ MORE

Photo embedding cases depend on social media company decisions

Mark Sableman August 3, 2020
A smart phone taking a picture of food

Copyright claims based on social media content will often depend on the technologies used and the applicable terms of service—both under the control of the social media companies. READ MORE

CASE Act promises fast track for small copyright claims, but is it the right track?

Mike Nepple December 11, 2019
A formula one car racing on a track

The CASE Act, a law designed to help copyright holders expedite the resolution of small copyright infringement claims, would provide an alternative path to resolve copyright infringement claims. But whether the CASE Act will pass the Senate in its current form and fulfill its stated premise remains open to questions. READ MORE

Copyright designs found weak when derived from common ideas

Mark Sableman March 26, 2018
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Copyright - intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship, but does this included an artistic concept or idea? Can copyright infringement included artistic concepts? READ MORE