Hip Hop Lyric Site Issued Take Down Notice By NMPA

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

Posted By: Ross Arkin   Ever since the Sugar Hill Gang proclaimed “I said a hip, hop, the hippie – the hippie
to the hip hip-hop, and you don’t stop 
the rocking to the bang-bang, boogie say up jump the boogie to the rhythm of the boogie the beat.”, hip-hop fans have collectively often said: “What?” […]

Tread Lightly with Trademarks: American Greetings Gags and Binds Penny-Arcade

Posted by Cyberbear on December 4, 2013 in Blogging, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Trademark |

Posted By: John-Philip J. Schroeder   In 2003, a humor website called “Penny-Arcade” was forced to take down a comic by American Greetings, the popular greeting card company.  Ten years later, the comic is still not available on Penny-Arcade’s the website.  This is a close look at just one instance of how trademark law can […]

YouTube and Takedown Notices: Is Prior Restraint a Truly Legitimate Concern?

Posted by Cyberbear on December 2, 2013 in Blogging, Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Internet |

Posted By: Paul Isso With the mass amount of videos being uploaded regularly to YouTube by millions of users, it’s not hard to understand why regulating potential copyright infringement on such web sites in the United States is no easy task. In fact, it’s a very difficult one. Having said that, YouTube users have the […]

The Google Book Settlement Decision & Opt-In/Opt-Out Models of IP Protection in Cyberspace

The District Court has rendered its decision rejecting the Amended Settlement Agreement (ASA) in The Authors Guild v. Google, Inc., the Google Books copyright infringement case for digitalizing books from University libraries and other sources. The decision actually nicely highlights the incompatibility between traditional copyright and other intellectual property models and the fast moving pace […]


Posted by Cyberbear on December 1, 2010 in Blogging, Copyright Law, Internet, Judicial Decisions, Litigation |

Posted By: Debora Ilea Lawyers have always been a savvy bunch; so, it is little wonder that they are now taking unique and creative approaches to the practice of law to compensate for the economic woes of the current times. Some are restructuring their billing systems, relying more on flat fee and other billing strategies […]

Copyright trolling for fun and profit

Posted by Cyberbear on December 1, 2010 in Blogging, Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Litigation |

Posted By: Anthony Eskridge Copyright trolling is the act of purchasing the copyright to material and suing infringers for profit. Intellectual property start-up Righthaven LLC, acting on behalf of Stephens Media, owner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, has sued over a hundred Internet sites over copyright infringement of the Review-Journal’s online news articles. What Righthaven […]

Does Every Blogger Need To Register for DMCA Protection?

Posted by Cyberbear on November 16, 2010 in Blogging, DMCA, Internet |

Posted by: Ruth Carter Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. I am a law student. In accordance with ABA policy, this blog should not be viewed as legal advice. It is simply my opinions and legal information that is widely available on the internet. A few weeks ago, the ABA Journal published an article that […]

What the Pentagon Papers Case Tells Us About Blogging: Prior Restraint and Liability

Posted by Cyberbear on October 29, 2010 in Blogging, Internet |

Posted by: Rachel Wolf In 1971 a great achievement was made in the pursuit of free press: The Pentagon Papers case was decided in a per curium (anonymous) decision denying an injunction against both the New York Times and the Washington Post for publishing leaked papers regarding the United States policy during the Vietnam War. […]

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