Dominic Larson recently asked me to appear on the Startup Life Podcast. During the interview, Dominic posed an interesting question based on a hot news topic of the day. Do the dance moves in the Fortnite game constitute copyright infringement against the television characters from which they were copied? I was perplexed by the question – so much so that I went out and researched the issue. The topic is a fascinating one which I explore in this video: [Read more…] about Fortnite, Dances, And Copyright Infringement
Copyright and DMCA Law
If there is one area of law that is the center of attention online, copyright is it. In this section, we cover copyright and DMCA topics you need to know about.
The Copyright Office launched a new online DMCA agent registration system in December 2016. In a controversial move, the Office decided to require parties that had previously registered in the old system to re-register in the new online system. The DMCA agent registration deadline is approaching soon – the end of December 2017. Failure to enroll in the new system will compromise the safe harbor protections of the DMCA, so companies who haven’t registered to this point must get moving. [Read more…] about DMCA Agent Registration Deadline Approaching Quickly
Lo, the year was 2011 when companies operating online learned the Copyright Office was going to launch an online registration system for DMCA agents to replace the horse and buggy paper registration system then in place. And lo did we wait…and wait…and wait some more. Now, after only five years, the magic day is upon us. The Copyright Office is launching a new online DMCA agent registration system on December 1, 2016. [Read more…] about Online DMCA Agent Registration – Copyright Office Launches System
The holidays proved to be less than stellar for cable provider Cox Communications. November saw a court invalidate the DMCA safe harbor protection claimed by the company. December saw a jury in the same courtroom issue a $25 million judgment against the company for copyright infringement. While many have commented on the Cox Communications copyright infringement judgment, few commentators seem to be focusing on the simple lesson businesses seeking protection under the DMCA should take from the case. [Read more…] about Cox Communications Copyright Infringement Judgment – $25 Million
Hyperlinks represent a critical piece of infrastructure on the web. Without hyperlinks, finding websites would be next to impossible. While common sense suggests there are few legal issues surrounding hyperlinks given the widespread use, the truth is the law struggles when determining how intellectual property rights apply to Internet infrastructure. In this post, we look at a simple question – do hyperlinks infringe copyright under the laws of the United States?
Copyright Law And The Internet
The Copyright Act of 1976 governs copyright in the United States. The Internet was not exactly a significant presence in society in 1976, which suggests Congress drafted the prevailing copyright law in the country without considering a single Internet-related issue. While the Copyright Act has been updated and supplemented since 1976, the relationship between copyright and hyperlinks is still an awkward one. [Read more…] about Do Hyperlinks Infringe Copyright Under U.S. Law?