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Don’t Lose Your Website’s Safe Harbor Protection Under the DMCA: New Procedures for Registering Agents

On October 31, 2016, the U.S. Copyright Office announced significant changes to its system for registering an agent to receive notifications of claimed copyright infringement, as required in order to take advantage of the...more

New Registration Required for Designating Agents Under the DMCA

Under new Copyright Office regulations, parties seeking the benefits of immunity under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act must re-register their Designation of Agents for notice and service through a new electronic...more

U.S. Copyright Office Announces Important Changes to DMCA Agent Designation

Effective December 1, 2016 the U.S. Copyright Office is imposing new requirements on service providers in order to maintain safe harbor protection under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). Service providers who...more

Copyright Office Starts New Process for DMCA Safe Harbor Registration Today

Last month, the Copyright Office issued a final rule governing the designation of agents to receive notifications of claimed infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). To help streamline the process,...more

Changes in Process for Designating Agents for DMCA Safe Harbor Protection

Effective December 1, 2016, companies that wish to benefit from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA's) safe harbors from copyright infringement liability for (i) content stored at the direction of a user (i.e.,...more

Read This If You Have a Website!

On Oct. 26, the Copyright Office published a notice of its final rule governing how online service providers must designate their "agent" for infringement notifications pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17...more

Don’t Lose Your DMCA Safe Harbor Protection!

The U.S. Copyright Office’s new electronic system for copyright-agent registration and maintenance goes into effect on December 1, 2016, and with it comes new rules. Beginning December 1, all online service providers must...more

Upcoming changes in requirements for service providers to benefit from DMCA safe harbor: consider these key steps

If you maintain a website or service where you make content available to others, you probably have (and should have) an agent registered with the US Copyright Office to receive notices alleging copyright infringement. Last...more

New Regulations Issued By The Copyright Office Affecting Thousands of Websites

The Copyright Office officially released an announcement Monday, October 31st, about new regulations affecting all online service providers who seek liability limitations under 17 U.S.C. § 512 (i.e., the DMCA). The...more

Got a Website or an App? Take Action to Protect Yourself!

The U.S. Copyright Office has announced a new electronic filing system for registering websites, apps, and other online platforms for “safe harbor” protection from copyright infringement liability. The new system becomes...more

New Copyright Office Electronic Registration System for DMCA Agents – Are You Ready?

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) sets forth a mechanism through which online service providers can avail themselves of a safe harbor from copyright infringement liability by recording an agent with the Copyright...more

Business Q&A with Jeffrey A. Curran: Copyrights, patents, trademarks need to be afforded protection

Q: Creators, whether businesses or individuals, are often told they need to protect their intellectual property. What's the difference between a copyright, patent and a trademark? A: The idea of a copyright, while...more

Alert: Copyright Office Letter Raises New Questions About FCC Set-Top Box Proceeding

A recent letter by the US Copyright Office has raised questions about the FCC's proposal to adopt new rules intended to open up the market for cable television set-top boxes and what actions the FCC ultimately will take. The...more

Brumley Heirs Win Fight over Rights to Old Gospel Song *WEB ONLY**

Addressing the termination right given to authors and their heirs under the Copyright Act, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit concluded that four siblings could use their right to terminate the transfer their...more

Can Science be Copyrighted? You Might be Surprised…

Biotechnology. For many, the mere mention of the word stirs up a thought of people in white lab coats working in underground bunkers trying to create superhuman mutant weapons, with beakers of green goo bubbling in the...more

Could a Blockchain-Based Registry Ever Replace the Copyright Office?

Blockchain technology opens up the possibility for a provider to offer an immutable registry of transactions, held on a decentralized network of computers. While financial applications continue to dominate the blockchain...more

US Copyright Office Reports: WIPO Internet Treaties Require No Copyright Act Amendment to Protect Exclusive “Making Available”...

Has the United States lived up to its obligations under the WIPO Internet Treaties to protect the exclusive “making available” right of copyright owners? Some would argue no, and that Congress should amend the U.S....more

Website HTML Is Copyrightable, Even If Look and Feel Is Not

In a notable ruling last month, a California district court ruled that the HTML underlying a custom search results page of an online advertising creation platform is copyrightable. In Media.net Advertising FZ-LLC v....more

Pandora Pays To Play the Oldies—Is It Time For Congress To Join The Chorus?

The popular music app company Pandora Media Inc. has opened quite a musical box. It has been in litigation over what are known and loved as the “oldies.” Various record labels such as Capitol Records and Sony Music sued...more

DMCA Exceptions Announced By Librarian of Congress

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) generally prohibits the circumvention of technological measures employed by or on behalf of copyright owners to protect their works (also known as “access controls”). But every...more

Can I get a C-O-P-Y-R-I-G-H-T? Sixth Circuit Holds Cheerleading Uniform Designs Copyrightable

When are clothing designs sufficiently severable from the utilitarian aspects of the clothing so that the designs can be protected by copyright? That is a question courts have wrestled with for years, and the Sixth Circuit...more

Court Fashions Hybrid Approach to Determining Whether Garment Designs Are Copyrightable - Varsity Brands et al. v. Star Athletica

Addressing for the first time the question of whether “cheerleading uniforms [are] truly cheerleading uniforms without the stripes, chevrons, zigzags, and color blocks” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit answered...more

The Complications of Copyrighted Images in the Yellow Pages - Yellow Pages Photos, Inc. v. Ziplocal, LP

Reviewing a spectrum of copyright-related issues following the conclusion of a jury trial, the U.S. Court of the Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court, concluding that willful copyright infringement...more

Delivering Architectural Plans May Create Implied License - Hunn v. Dan Wilson Homes, Inc.

Where an architectural draftsman left his design firm mid-project and later used partial plans drawn during his employment to complete the project, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the ruling that the...more

Ray Charles Foundation v. Robinson - USCA, Ninth Circuit, July 31, 2015

Ninth Circuit reverses lower court’s dismissal for lack of standing of action brought by Ray Charles Foundation, finding that Foundation, sole beneficiary of music legend’s estate, had standing to challenge validity of...more

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