Embedding YouTube – Will Copyrights Get Me?
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Embedding YouTube – Will Copyrights Get Me?

YouTube is an extremely popular media.  According to their own statements, they receive over 1 billion views per month.  To keep their customer-base informed and engaged, businesses may choose to add YouTube videos in blog, Twitter or Facebook posts.  Is this okay?  Should you worry about copyrights?  How exactly does this work? This article explores … Continue reading

Copyright Basics – Federal Registration and Common Law Rights
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Copyright Basics – Federal Registration and Common Law Rights

In a previous article, we discussed U.S. federal and common law rights for trademarks.  Similarly, there are common law copyrights and federal copyright registation.  This article discusses these rights as well as the associated cost and procedures. Basis for Copyright Protection Copyrights are federal rights granted by statute and protect “original works of authorship”.  Unlike … Continue reading

Trademark Basics – Fair & Nominative Use
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Trademark Basics – Fair & Nominative Use

As a follow up on the previous article on Trademark Basics, this articles covers the circumstances in which a third party can use a registered trademark.  Fair use and nominative use are related but distinct concepts, which are each discussed below. Fair Use Trademarks are divided into roughly five categories: generic, descriptive, suggestive, arbitrary and fanciful. … Continue reading