Intellectual Property

Copyright and Trademark

Copyrights and trademark are both types of intellectual property (IP). Copyright is a legal term describing rights given to creators for their literary and artistic works. A trademark provides protection to the owner of the mark by ensuring the exclusive right to use it to identify goods or services, or to authorize another to use it in return for payment.

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Copyright @ 300: Looking Back at The Statute of Anne and Looking Forward to the Challenges of the Future -- Audio and slides are now available from the conference.
Lawrence Lessig's talk will explore copyright in a digital age, and the importance of a doctrine like fair use for free expression on the Internet.
On Thursday, February 18, the federal court considering the proposed Google Books settlement held an all-day fairness hearing. In addition to the authors, publishers, and Google arguing in favor of the settlement, the court heard from the Department of Justice and twenty-six supporters and opponents of the settlement. Over the course of the day, the "opt-out" nature of the settlement emerged as perhaps _the_ critical issue facing the court.
Last summer, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society hosted several presentations on the Google Book Search Settlement. With today’s fairness hearing on this case, TAP is providing links into the podcasts from the Berkman Center.
On Thursday, a federal district court in New York will conduct the fairness hearing in the Google Book Search class-action case. All of the filings are in --hundreds of them-- and we are now fully ready to hear from Judge Denny Chin. What should we be looking for?
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Piracy and IP Enforcement

In the context of technology, “piracy” is a colloquial term for the illegal copying of copyrighted works. The related problem of counterfeiting is the illegal reproduction of patented or trademarked products.

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In Michigan, A Highway Sign Is at Center of an Unusual Trademark Dispute

"But there's at least a question, as far as I can tell, as to whether a road sign of this type would be deemed an official insignia of a state. I think that might be a little bit hard for the state to prove here." — Mark Janis, Professor of Law, Indiana University

Mark Janis
National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition
November 1, 2016

Featured Article

Questioning Copyright in Standards

This article asks if the systematic collection of data can be protected by copyright.

By: Pamela Samuelson