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Even Grumpy Cat Needs a Trademark

Originally posted 2013-03-15 15:36:38. By Tasha Schmidt | amdlawgroup.com Fans and people at the South by Southwest Conference have been lined up for hours to see the recent feline internet sensation, Grumpy Cat. Grumpy Cat’s real name is Tardar Sauce. However, her “cat celebrity name” if you will is Grumpy Cat, and this is exactly […]

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The Battle of Trademark Squatters In China

Originally posted 2014-04-16 17:10:31. By Sereine Brudent  |  amdlawgroup.com May 1, 2014, will mark a new frontier of Trademark Law in the People’s Republic of China. This third amendment seeks to address and define numerous areas of Trademark Law in order to circumvent trademark infringement. Previously, trademark rights were granted on a “first-to-file” principle, which […]

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International Hashtag Protection

Ever since Twitter used hashtags, the phenomenon took off with a storm and is not letting up.  Businesses and individuals are now using this as a powerful marketing tool to help brand and promote catchy slogans.  As a continuing topic from the blog How to #Registeryourhashtag, once a hashtag is trademarked trademark infringement can occur.  This blog looks at the differences in interpreting when hashtag trademark infringement occurs in the US and Internationally.

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How to Use Photos without Violating Copyright Laws

Originally posted 2012-10-05 13:02:53. Visual media has become instrumental in designing a website or posting in social media sites such as Pinterest and Facebook. But if you don’t own the photos you plan on using, how do you go about getting the photos your site needs? Grabbing pictures from Google images, off of other websites, […]

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Amazon Buys Comedy Service Rooftop Media to Expand Digital Content

Amazon is buying an online comedy Service Rooftop Media. At first this does not appear as an important transaction; however, Amazon’s goal is aimed toward a broader ambition of becoming a media and entertainment powerhouse. Amazon has concluded the deal through Audible an audiobooks service company that the firm bought for $300 Million in 2008.

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How Facebook Opened a Door That Was Already Open

The disruptive nature of Facebook’s platform is that for many users it has become a connector; a way to connect with others and feel relevant.  In some respects, the platform appeals to our human insecurities and the need to be seen. We share, post, comment and read posts with very little regard for whether they are fake news or fake posts. Unconscious bias prompts us to believe what we want to believe and call the rest fake. But what is real is that Facebook has not mastered the art of being social and in some ways, has denigrated it.

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Battles in Design Law

The number of design infringement cases have been increasing, as the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, a court equivalent to the High Court regarding intellectual property matters, based in London, is hearing cases faster and at a far less cost.

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Going Global: Don’t Get Lost in Translation

By Diana Chan | amdlawgroup.com
As businesses go global, catering to the local culture becomes an enormous factor in the success of the brand. Translations and images are often interpreted in different ways and what works in the United States may not be kindly accepted in another country. Even large corporations that spend millions of dollars on marketing have created failing campaigns from lack of research or minor mistakes.

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Doing Business in Brazil

By Chloe Coska | amdlawgroup.com
Brazil is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, Brazil has also become a manufacturing center which means that exporting and importing can be a lucrative business. The Brazilian government heavily encourages business entrepreneurship and investments in the country. Brazil could be an obvious choice for companies to do business, however, there are many factors to consider and requirements in order to do proper business conduct in the country.

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What is Cyber-Squatting?

During the early years of the Internet, when businesses did not fully understand the marketing value of the Internet, there were some who saw the profit opportunity of claiming ownership of a domain name that they did not intend to use. These individuals would often register the domain name of a successful company in order to sell them back to the business at a significant markup or squat on the domain until it was sought by the successful company.

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Resale of Books and Copyright Law being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court

Originally posted 2012-11-07 17:55:50. On Monday October 29, 2012, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments of a copyright infringement case dealing with whether or not copyrighted goods made outside the United States can be resold in the U.S. without first attaining permission from the copyright holder. The case has garnered the attention of such […]

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Tariffs and International Business Law – Case Study #2

Originally posted 2012-08-02 19:36:01. Tariffs have been a touchy issue in global economics for hundreds of years. Simply, tariffs are taxes on imported goods. If the United States taxed coffee beans coming in from Colombia, that tax would be a tariff. They are mainly a device to protect domestic industries so as to encourage companies […]

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Twitter Law & Ethics, Kim Kardashian Style

By Kathleen Melhorn | amdlawgroup.com
10,000 dollars is an awful lot of money to get for composing a 140 character tweet. Class A Celebrity Kim Kardashian is reported to receive this amount from companies who need marketing for their products. Kim is not the only one who has been caught tweeting for cash, other stars like 50 Cent & Snoop Dogg do it as well. What are the ethics involved with tweeting for money? Is this practice considered unethical, or is it just a good idea for companies?

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What You Need to Know About Tariffs and International Trade

By Eliana Rocchi | amdlawgroup.com
Tariffs have been a touchy issue in global economics for hundreds of years. Simply, tariffs are taxes on imported goods. If the United States taxed coffee beans coming in from Colombia, that tax would be a tariff. They are mainly a device to protect domestic industries so as to encourage companies to purchase goods between each other, helping the national economy grow without giving any business to foreign enterprises.

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