Many California dreamers may imagine themselves facing a set of five celebrities as they pitch the perfect business concept, but the real-world lessons provided by ABC's Shark Tank are applicable even for those who are not using the publicity of reality television to pursue their dreams. One of the key concerns of many of the celebrity investors is the risk of copying. While many concepts are presented that do not require the protection of intellectual property, some are more likely to be copied.
In July 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ruled that major broadcasters, including CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox News, might be forced to license their broadcasts to FilmOn X for streaming. Now, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled the opposite.
Video game developer and publisher Blizzard Entertainment has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the alleged creators of several popular cheating bots. The company is hoping the complaint, which was filed in a California federal court, will stop cheaters from ruining the gaming experience for other players.
California residents may be interested to learn about some trademark litigation involving the social networking site Pinterest. In two recent cases, judges ruled against Pinterest when the company attempted to sue other online companies that were using the term 'pin" and variations on the word 'pin." There are no reports to indicate that Pinterest has any plans to appeal either of the court decisions.