1. With a few modifications, the recommendations are the same as for the Web Site Owner. However, as the Web Site Designer, you bear a greater portion of the burden of getting the job done right, because a savvy owner will hold you responsible for any mistakes you make regarding copyright misuse. 2. Above all, […]
If you receive a demand letter from a copyright owner, your best course of action if is to refer the problem to an experienced Intellectual Property Attorney. He/she will know the bounds of your legal rights under copyright law. Your copyright attorney can then try to negotiate a lower payment amount. The attorney should also […]
The company which owns the copyrights sets up a business unit to collect fees from unsuspecting infringers. They have software which continuously scans the Internet for web pages which contain photographs in their database. If your web site has an offending photograph, the odds are very good that you will be caught. The problem, from […]
I don’t see any relief coming for copyright errors you make on the Internet. The existing practices of the more aggressive copyright owners appear to be legitimate under existing law. And it is possible that a good defense can defeat particular cases under a theory of “equity”. But that will depend on the particulars of […]
Yes, it is possible. You download an image from the internet without anyone asking for payment. You use that image on your web site. A few months later, you receive the letter in the mail, or by Federal Express, saying you have violated somebody’s copyright and that you owe anywhere from $1000 to tens of […]
We would like to announce that the ownership of our Northeast Wisconsin intellectual property law firm has changed hands from Tom Wilhelm to Stephen Jensen. Tom Wilhelm started the law firm as a result of corporate restructuring at American Can, where Tom was a patent agent before he became an intellectual property lawyer. Tom has owned and operated Northwind Law since its beginning in 1983, even while he attended law school at the University of Wisconsin in the 1990s.
Shortly after Detroit filed for bankruptcy in July 2013, Judge Rhodes made it clear that its lawyers shouldn’t be charging the struggling city for first-class flights, alcoholic beverages or movies in hotel rooms. His instructions are the most detailed legal-fee instructions given to a city or county in a modern municipal bankruptcy case. In Detroit’s […]
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A few days ago, I wrote about the Wall Street Journal article of March 28, 2011, talking about patents. The primary thrust of that article was discussing some proposed legislative changes in patent law. The primary thrust of patent law changes in the last 15 years has been to make the US system correspond to […]
If you pay the amount demanded by the copyright owner, that will probably be the end of the legal matter, though you need to be sure to get the proper releases. For that reason, I highly recommend you get legal advice from a copyright attorney, at least regarding the releases. Some of these companies will […]