Twitch.tv Video Game Streaming and Fair Use

Posted by Cyberbear on December 6, 2013 in Computer Software, Copyright Law, Intellectual Property |

Posted By: Chris Fong   Twitch.tv is a website that provides video gamers a website location to share and stream their video game experiences with others. A major concern is whether the streaming of the video game can be constituted as copyright infringement or protected use under Fair Use. In order to determine if it […]

Attack of the Copyright Robots

Posted by Cyberbear on December 4, 2013 in Computer Software, Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Internet |

Posted by:  Ryan Bethell It should come as no surprise that large businesses such as Universal and Sony have a financial interest in protecting their intellectual property online. For the biggest stakeholders, this means policing thousands of instances of arguably copyrighted material ever day – a task that many companies prefer to automate. Companies need […]

A Blizzard of Licenses: All the Games you Played without Buying.

Posted by Cyberbear on December 4, 2013 in Computer Software, Copyright Law, Intellectual Property, Internet, Video Games |

Posted By:  John-Philip J. Schroeder   It is no surprise that Blizzard Entertainment wants you to play World of Warcraft (Wow).  What may be surprising is that the company does not want you to buy it.  No, this does not mean Blizzard wants you to play their game for free.  Rather, Blizzard wants you to […]

Dish Wins Another Battle In War Over Ad-Skipping Hopper DVR

  Posted By: Ross Arkin   Stay tuned for more after these messages. No, seriously, stay tuned. Please. I asked nicely. You better watch these ads or else. With more and more consumers finding more and more ways to avoid watching commercials, it’s not surprising that this seems to be the tone that broadcasters are […]

How Do You Compete With Free?

Posted by Cyberbear on December 3, 2013 in Computer Software, Copyright Law, Intellectual Property, Open Source |

Posted by:  Taylor Durbin   Linux is a free open source operating system that is controlled by the General Public Lease (“GPL”). This lease allows for the creation of derivative works stemming from the core coding of Linux as long as it remains free. The GPL allows people and companies to charge for installation and […]

Video Game Emulators and Roms: How the Law Could Have Worked, and Should Today, to Protect Video Game Companies

Posted by Cyberbear on December 3, 2013 in Computer Software, Intellectual Property, Video Games |

Posted By: Paul Isso   Super Mario Brothers 3.  Sonic the Hedgehog.  Zelda.  Space Harrier.  Double Dragon. The list can go on forever… Those are just some of the nostalgic game titles that come to mind when reflecting on past Nintendo and Sega games that became international successes in the 80’s and 90’s – with gamers still playing […]

The Defense Strategy for Winning a Licensing Agreement Lawsuit

Posted by Cyberbear on December 1, 2013 in Computer Software |

Posted by:  Logan Woodruff   Lets say you own a new and upcoming software design company, and rather than reinventing the wheel you decide, as did Isaac Newton, to see farther “by standing on the shoulders of giants.” You don’t want to infringe on anyone’s copyright, but you also don’t want to waste your time […]

Software Licensing, DRM, and Consumer Rights

Posted by Cyberbear on November 26, 2013 in Computer Software, Copyright Law, Intellectual Property |

Posted by:  Jonathon Sanchez               When you bought a copy of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, you probably thought you did just that. However, Microsoft does not believe it sells you a copy of its software; instead, it emphatically believes that it is merely selling you a license to use a copy of its software […]

Exposing in Order to Protect

Posted by Cyberbear on November 26, 2013 in Computer Software, Copyright Law |

Posted by:  Daniela Madrid   Copyright protects original works expressed in a tangible medium. Under US Copyright law, the protection applies automatically once the work is fixed onto a tangible form of expression. Thus, the work does not need to be registered with the Copyright Office in order for it to receive copyright protection. However, […]

The Rise of Open Source and Copyleft

Posted by Cyberbear on November 19, 2013 in Computer Software, Copyright Law, Open Source |

Posted by: Lauren Proper   Free markets are generally accepted as providing the greatest opportunity for consumers of goods to obtain the best quality for the lowest prices. A free market economy is not without its flaws, however. The idealistic economic philosophy first propagated by Adam Smith’s “Wealth of Nations” has proven more theoretically appealing […]

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