People create original works all of the time. When they do, they may find that their work is so valued and desired that people replicate or disseminate their work in ways that the creator finds improper. So who does a creator protect his or her original works? This is where copyright law comes into play.
What would the music world be like without talented songwriters and composers? In many ways they are the foundation of the industry. But recent actions by the Department of Justice have put songwriters and composer at a disadvantage - particularly when it comes to their copyright and intellectual property rights.
The U.S. Copyright Office exists as an office of public record for copyright registrations and related material. As an entity of the federal government and division of the Library of Congress, it is intended to be neutral in its dealings regarding registrations, infringements and policy.
Photo-licensing giant Getty Images is not usually on the receiving end of copyright infringement lawsuits. Getty is usually the one ruthlessly pursuing compensation for unlawful use of images in its collection. In a matter of weeks, however, the company found itself served with two separate suits.
In an update to our previous post, the jury in the copyright infringement lawsuit against members of legendary rock band Led Zeppelin found that the defendants did not steal a portion of “Stairway to Heaven” from another band.
About a month ago, we discussed the copyright infringement lawsuit against Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of legendary rock band Led Zeppelin. In an update, the trial is now underway, with Page, Led Zeppelin’s lead guitarist until the band broke up in 1981, testifying that he was unaware of the song from which he is accused of stealing the opening riff of “Stairway to Heaven” when he and Plant wrote their song.
You quote a few lines from a Prince song in a newsletter you’re preparing for work. Your daughter copies a few sentences from a magazine article into her social studies homework assignment. Your wife records her favorite television show to watch later in the week with a group of her girlfriends.
Sampling other songs is common in pop music, but if you do not get the proper license to use someone else’s copyrighted work, you could find yourself in court. However, while getting permission is generally easier, it is possible to avoid losing in court in certain cases.
A piece of software may not be as emotionally affecting as a novel, painting or song, but it is also an original work that is entitled to copyright protection under federal law. With the commercial possibilities that new software might present, making sure that its author is the only one who can lay claim to it is very important.
Immersion, a California software company, has filed legal complaints in a federal district court and with the U.S. International Trade Commission against the technology titan Apple Inc. At issue are responsive touch technologies within Apple iPhones that Immersion alleges bear substantial similarity to its patented haptic technology.