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New copyright compendium provides some answers for website owners

Mark Sableman September 8, 2014
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The manual, which focuses on issues that the copyright office handles in the course of processing applications for copyright registrations, is helpful on some Internet-related copyright concerns. READ MORE

Duke, Hershey, and Winston: Who gets to trademark a famous name?

Mark Sableman August 5, 2014

Common sense tells you that you can always use your own name. But under trademark law, that’s not always true. Three recent cases illustrate this conundrum, which plays a major role in many Internet marketing and domain name disputes. READ MORE

Who owns your domain names?

Mark Sableman July 21, 2014

You don’t physically possess a domain name, as you possess tangible personal property, like artworks and collectibles. You don’t get a government title, as with a vehicle, or record your rights in a government office, as with real estate. There are no fancy certificates for your safe deposit box, as there are (or at least used to be) with traditional intangible personal property like stocks and bonds. READ MORE

Whitepaper roundup: Privacy, copyright, and digital advertising

Mark Sableman January 10, 2014
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For those interested in Internet law and policy issues, there are plenty of other official reports that you can use as primers and starting points for further research. READ MORE

Retailers fail to derail ICANN’s ‘Express’ train to more top-level domains

Mark Sableman August 1, 2013
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The current explosive expansion in top-level domains will create new trademark conflicts, and possibly new twists in Internet trademark law, as two very recent cases involving the retailers Express and The Limited illustrate. READ MORE

Trademarks, domain name wars, and the birth of cybersquatting remedies

Mark Sableman July 19, 2013
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Trademarks lie at the heart of our market society, so it’s not surprising that they’ve been important on the Internet since it first went commercial. While the principles of trademark law apply equally in the online and bricks-and-mortar worlds, there’s a twist to how trademark use is regulated within Internet domain names. READ MORE