Sherlock Holmes and the Expired Copyright

Every now and then something in the news appears as a reminder that most intellectual property rights do not last forever. That happened in June when an appeals court ruled on a dispute involving Arthur Conan Doyle’s character sherlock holmes. READ MORE   Reprinted with permission of The Business News
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10 Tips How a Web Site Owner Can Avoid Copyright Infringement

Above all, get quality legal advice from your Intellectual Property Law Attorney any time you are thinking of using any photographs or other graphic materials. Ask yourself whether you really need any photos on your Web site. Can you use hand-drawn illustrations or drawings? Can you use diagrams or graphs you make yourself? Can you use cartoons […]
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10 Tips How a Web Site Designer Can Avoid Copyright Trolls!

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, […]
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What Should I do If I Receive a Demand Letter From a Copyright Owner?

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 […]
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How Does An Internet Copyright Owner Find Me?

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 […]
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Is There Hope for Relief For Copyright Errors You Make on the Internet?

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 […]
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What Happens After I get a Letter From the Copyright Owner?

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 […]
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