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Have You Been Accused of Copyright Infringement: What Precautions Should You Take to Avoid Being Accused

Matt: Hi, it’s Matt Plessner, and welcome to another installment of Copyright Law Radio. Today we are going to be talking about something that has kind of been a controversy on and off for quite some time. A while back in the earl 2000’s, sites came up like Napster, Morpheus and Grokster and stuff like that where […]

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Right of Publicity in Michigan

What is the right of publicity? The right of publicity is the right to control the commercial use of ones own likeness. The right of publicity is a product of state law which, in Michigan, is defined largely by federal case law. This means that right of publicity claims may be subject to modified interpretation […]

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First Sale Doctrine Applies To Imported Books

In March of 2013 the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in the Kirtsaeng v John Wiley and Sons Inc case. The issue in the case was over the geographic scope of the first sale doctrine under copyright law. The first sale doctrine protects the re-sellers of a work after the initial purchase. In […]

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Copyright Trolling

Wikipedia defines a Copyright Troll as a party that enforces copyrights it owns for the purposes of making money through litigation in a manner considered unduly aggressive or opportunistic. The attorneys at Traverse Legal have vast experience in dealing with copyright trolls. Generally, copyright trolling contemplates a federal lawsuit identifying the illegal downloading of copyrighted […]

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Protecting Copyright in the Digital Age — Update to Copyright Act

Maria Pallante, the Register of Copyrights, recently testified before Congress, inviting Congress to rewrite the current Copyright Act. Although the Copyright Act has been updated to address the use of copyright in the digital age, our recent experience has suggested the need for the wholesale revision of  a copyright act that was designed and written […]

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Cease and Desist Letter Dos and Don’ts: A Copyright Attorney’s Perspective

You think someone is infringing your copyright. You see that they’ve posted something that belongs to you on the Internet, either a picture or a photograph or a piece of art or a literary work or a design, and you believe that a cease and desist letter should be sent.

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Someone Posted My Picture or Photograph on Their Website

Copyright lawyers deal with these types of issues all the time. A prospective client calls indicating that their photograph is showing up on someone else’s website. Sometimes, the photograph is one that the client does not want being shown on the internet, such as pornography or a nude photo. Sometimes, the person who is posting […]

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Bikram Yoga Does Not Own Copyright on Hot Yoga Poses

Traverse Copyright Law has represented multiple defendants sued by Choudhury Bikram and the Bikram Yoga College alleging copyright infringement. Bikram Yoga has sued other studios over the years for offering Hot Yoga variations of the Bikram Yoga Method. In 2012, the United States Copyright Office issued a letter indicating that the previously issued copyright to […]

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User-Generated Content

Welcome to Copyright Law Radio. We bring you the best in copyright news, legal advice and information.  From copyright infringement claims and defenses to threat letter issues, DMCA takedown notice letters, copyright licensing, and legal analysis of the latest copyright law cases, we have a copyright attorney who can answer your copyright questions. User-generated content […]

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Someone Stole My Website Content: Copyright Implications.

The first thing you need to understand when answering the question, “What can I do if someone steals my website content?” is you need to understand that these are copyright infringement issues that are governed by United States Copyright Law. If someone takes your website content and reposts it on their web pages, that can […]

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