Despite the internet’s universalizing concept, online activities are closely monitored by the law established in each country, and an imbalance in copyright infringement policies, which govern the online activities, can result in misjudging the user’s benign intentions.
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Imagine meeting the man or woman of your dreams. You are in bliss as the two of you undertake the journey to build a loving, and comfortable relationship. The relationship is a safe haven, a place of solace. It is so sacred that the two of you become romantically involved. You trust one another so much that harmless photos or videos are shared, and saved on each other’s mobile or media devices for future viewing. Then the unthinkable happens…a nasty break-up, someone hacks a cloud storage network, or a third party obtains the media and sells it for profit. You hear about your photo being posted on a revenge porn mogul website such as, Texxxan.com or Is Anybody Up.com. What remedies do you have? Will the legal system step in? Is the “injured party” entitled to relief?
An alliance known as the Center for Copyright Information has been formed between Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) and owners of copyrighted material to help inhibit copyright infringement on the internet. The partnership consists of Internet Service Providers AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon, with the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America. The plan proposed by the coalition is unlike anything done in the past to stop piracy. It is entirely non punitive, and is aimed at education (Law Librarian Blog).
Instead of facing infringement charges or risking winding up in court again, Apple filed seven trademarks this week. The patents Apple filed would protect the application icons in the new iPod Nano device coming out soon. A website called “Patently Apple” which focuses solely around Apple’s inventions, breaks down the entire file for the trademarks. Viewers are able to see all details down to the colors that they would like to own for the application icons.
Kuwait is now subject to heightened scrutiny from the US Trade Representative as the country failed to implement better standards to improve its intellectual property regulation. The United States on Monday raised Kuwait higher on the list of countries to watch regarding potential breach of US trademark, copyright and intellectual property rights.
Cavalli, an Italian fashion designer, used direct design by artists from the San Francisco Mission District in his 2014 Spring and Summer clothing line. Three graffiti artists, Jason Williams, Victor Chapa, and Jeffrey Rubin, filed a lawsuit against Cavalli “for copyright infringement, unfair competition, and violations of the Lanham Act (false designation claim of origin)”, stated Walsh.
You acquire a trademark in the United States simply by using it. By registering your trademark on the Principal register you are enhancing the rights you already acquired when you started using the trademark. There are significant benefits to registering the trademark on the Principal Register.