Protecting Innovation

Posted by Cyberbear on May 3, 2015 in Computer Hardware, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Patents |

Posted by: Michael Avila April 20, 2015 Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution provides Congress with the power “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their writings and discoveries”. Through this statement the legitimacy of copyright and […]

Pixel Police: DRM and Securing Photos Online

Posted by Cyberbear on May 1, 2015 in Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Internet |

Posted by: Lauren Stewart April 20, 2015 A disturbing trend has emerged, primarily on Instagram, called baby-role playing. This is where a person, often a teenage girl, steals images of a child from the Internet, gives them a new name, and creates a user profile claiming the child as her own. Some even portray themselves […]

Does Unlocking On-Disc DLC Violate the Anti-Circumvention Provision of the DMCA?

Posted by: Kyle Sol Johnson April 20, 2015 Increasingly videogames are released alongside downloadable content (DLC) the adds some aspect or function to the underlying game. These may be packs of maps, new zones, new weapons and armors, or even entirely new missions. Often it is a combination of the above. Traditionally, DLC is offered […]

They’re Shutting Down the Internet: The Responsibility of Internet Service Providers in Combating Piracy

Posted by: Macaulay Christian April 20, 2015   Imagine that, for some time and on a fairly consistent basis, you download and listen to all of your favorite music through one or more torrent sites. Whatever your personal beliefs are, you do know that, legally speaking, what you are doing is wrong. Your Internet service […]

Does the Constitution Follow the Net?: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Free Speech, & Fair Use

Posted by Cyberbear on May 1, 2015 in Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Judicial Decisions |

 Posted by: Macaulay Christian April 20, 2015 Take a moment to think about computers. There isn’t an aspect of daily life that hasn’t been at least touched, if not outright revolutionized, by the advent of the computer. They no longer mammoth machines existing within the confines of a single, massive space—they’re portable. You probably have […]

Is a Take Down a Taking?

Posted by Cyberbear on May 1, 2015 in Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Internet |

Posted by: Chase Millea April 20, 1015 Under the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, “private property [shall not] be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Traditionally we think of a government taking in the context of real property. If the government wants to knock your house down to build a highway, they are going […]

Penalties for Misrepresented Take Down Notices

Posted by Cyberbear on May 1, 2015 in Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Tech News |

Posted by: Chase Millea April 20, 2015 In the United States, a holder of a copyright under the Copyright Act maintains exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute work fixed in a tangible means of expression. In essence, that means that a person can protect against redistribution of original work without authorization. The Digital Millennium Copyright […]

Someone Else Owns Your Property Information: The Impact of MLS Copyright Protection

Posted by Cyberbear on April 29, 2015 in Copyright Law, Intellectual Property, Internet |

Posted by: Stephen Mostrom April 18, 2015 In the United States, the real estate industry is driven by brokers. A broker acts as a liaison between buyer and seller, collecting, on average, a 6% fee for selling a home. The seller is willing to pay this fee—more than 90% of residential home sellers do—because the […]

A Game of Piracy and Licenses

Posted by Cyberbear on April 29, 2015 in Computer Software, Copyright Law, Ebooks & Readers, Intellectual Property |

Posted by: Bryan Zhao April 19, 2015 Game of Thrones is one of HBO’s most popular series and a significant driver of income for the company. Recently, the show released its fifth season to viewers, attracting over 8 million viewers. It should have been a resounding success, but that success was dampened by a leak […]

Periscope vs. HBO

Posted by Cyberbear on April 28, 2015 in Computer Software, Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Internet |

Posted by: Marcus Beecher April 19, 2015 On March 26, 2015, Twitter released Periscope. Periscope allows users to broadcast what they (or their devices) are seeing in real-time to their followers. The makers of Periscope intend the app to become “a way of discovering the world through someone else’s eyes,” or, in different words, a […]

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