Category Archives: Copyright

10 Tips for Bringing Your Business to the Web

Starting up a business, or entering a new market channel, is never easy.  Starting a business on the World Wide Web (the web), or moving an existing “offline” business there, requires not only effort and risk, but also demands new knowledge and skills.  These tips should help reduce your risk in bringing a business to… Continue Reading

Lifting the Lid on Open Source Hardware

Clive Thompson describes how an Italian group applied open source principles to hardware for the Arduino microcontroller circuit board, a device that can monitor and respond to sensors, control small motors and the like.  Over 50,000 units have been sold worldwide since mass production began. This is NOT open source software that runs inside of… Continue Reading

Strategy at the Edge of Intellectual Property

Imagine working in an industry with no intellectual property protection at all.  Unlike the book, music, and high tech industries, you couldn’t use the law to shut down an infringer who was ripping off your products. How would you stay in business? Ask the fashion design business.  That’s what BusinessWeek did.  According to BW, garment… Continue Reading

Data Scraping from Web Services

This month’s Wired magazine has a perceptive article about so-called "data scraping" or "screen scraping" practices.  It discusses the practical aspects of data scraping (such as IP address banning or blocking as a practical remedy to prevent scraping), use of cease and desist letters, and use of properly-licensed web services application programming interfaces (API’s) as… Continue Reading

Business Tips for Providers of User-generated Content

Web sites and other online services containing content submitted by users (also known as user-generated content) are obviously a hot growth area. Not so obvious is the fact that these services depend on a little-known statute to protect their providers from legal liability for copyright infringement.  That statute is Section 512 of the Digital Millennium… Continue Reading

Re-enter the Title Office – for Copyrights

In the old west, the land title office represented law and order, and helped keep the peace among ranchers, farmers and miners with competing claims.  In the movie version of the old west, the land title office invariably burns down… and the drama begins. It’s obvious that copyrights are critical to our economy, as the… Continue Reading

Viacom versus Google/YouTube complaint available online

If you want to dig deeper, or "enjoy" reading legal briefs, Viacom’s complaint against Google/YouTube described in the previous post is available online…. Continue Reading

User-generated content at risk from Viacom lawsuit against YouTube

User-generated content took the Internet by storm last year – even as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2006.  This content includes postings on forums, photos on Flickr, videos on YouTube, and all sorts of media on MySpace and other social networking web sites.  It’s a new outlet for millions of web users who want… Continue Reading

IP Bankers, Exchanges & Others – an Overview

Intellectual property (such as patents, copyrights, trademarks, and domain names, or “IP”) is becoming recognized as a new and separate asset class.  At the same time, a new group of intermediaries and brokers has emerged to facilitate deals.  Most of these companies focus on patents, because that’s where the money is, thanks to a series… Continue Reading