Category Archives: Copyrights

OG Slick's mural in Worcester, Massachusetts
Beware of Graffiti Copyright Infringement

Graffiti artist Richard Wyrgatsch aka OG Slick is in the middle of a copyright infringement lawsuit. Top Trumps USA Inc. sued Slick on May 4, 2022 because he accused them of infringing his copyright. Top is asking the court to find that they didn’t do anything wrong when they used Slick’s graffiti on a Monopoly […]

Beware of Russian Doll Copyright Infringement
Beware of Russian Doll Copyright Infringement

Russian Doll copyright infringement is when you infringe a copyright that is within another copyright, like a Russian doll, with one nested inside another, and another, and another. These can sneak up on you, and can have serious consequences.  The US Postal Service learned this the hard way, twice. In 2003, the Postal Service released […]

Copyright Ransomware
Copyright Infringement Notices Unleash Ransomware

Don’t fall victim to this scheme by opening e-mail attachments! Ransomware is being distributed through copyright infringement notices. An e-mail accuses you of infringing copyrights and threatens litigation unless you immediately respond. The proof of your bad act is in the attachment. Obviously, alarmed recipients open the attachment, and the virus infects their computer. Copyright […]

Can You Post Your Own Photo?
Can You Post Your Own Photo?

Depends on who took it. The person who pressed the button on the camera when they took the picture automatically owns the copyright on that picture. If it’s a selfie, you’re safe. If not, you’re infringing the photographer’s copyright. Many celebrities are learning this the hard way when they post pictures of themselves on social […]

Copyright
What Is Copyright?

Copyright is a type of IP that gives owners the exclusive right to make copies of a creative work. Protection of copyrights attaches as soon as an idea is expressed in a form that can be reproduced under the Copyright Act. Copyrightable materials include literary or musical work, artwork and computer programs. Since copyright protection […]

3D illustration of rubber stamp with the words copyright and infringement over kraft paper background, Concept of intellectual property.
Copyright Infringement Can Sneak up on You

Copyright infringement occurs when you copy another’s creative work. Copyright law protects original creative works that can be reproduced or copied. A few examples of creative works that can be protected are images, videos, paintings, sculptures, books, articles, music, computer programs, and architectural drawings. The easiest way to avoid infringement is don’t copy. Easy to […]

Copyright Trap
Business Owners Beware: Catch Your Copyrights!

Copyrights are everywhere in business: articles, blogs, brochures, catalogues, images, websites, software, manuals, marketing materials, and more. They last for the life of the author plus 70 years, and for businesses, 95 years from the date of publication, or 120 years from creation, whichever comes first. Copyright Traps The trap is the deadline to be […]

Can You Post Your Own Photo?
Copyright Infringement of Internet Images

Are you using images on your website that you clipped from the Internet? Do you know for sure? Did you leave these decisions to your webmaster? Are you certain you have the rights to use these images? You might get a terrible shock. Copyright infringement is like swimming in a calm ocean and seeing black […]

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Don’t Clip & Paste!

It may be simple to cut and paste of a picture from the internet to get a project completed, to show someone an example, or even use for your work moving forward. However, the costs of cutting and pasting images with copyrights can sometimes prove to be EXTREMELY costly and potentially devastating to your business. […]