Online Service Providers: How to Find Safe Harbor from User-Generated Copyright Storms

In 1998, Congress updated the copyright laws by passing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).[1] Congress’s stated intent in passing the law was to ensure that creative producers embraced the Internet to distribute their works without fear of losing their intellectual property rights or getting sued for copyright infringement.[2] Safe Harbor Provisions In order to […]

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Will Federal Trade Secret Protection Become a Reality in 2015?

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 was introduced to the Senate and House of Representatives on July 29, 2015 and supported by an unprecedentedly bipartisan coalition of senators from all over the U.S.[1] The Act is also supported by large multinational corporations including Nike, Boeing, and Intel and trade organizations like the National Association of […]

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“Recommended for You”: Netflix Guide a Brilliant but Unpatentable Idea

Everyone wonders how Netflix decides what to include in its recommended categories. Although its algorithms for picking flicks certainly seem unique, did you ever consider whether the concept of suggesting films in creative categories could be protectable intellectual property? A court in the Northern District of California recently said it wasn’t, invalidating five patents held […]

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TransPacific Partnership: IP issues go global

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is a trade agreement under negotiation between many countries bordering the Pacific Ocean, including the United States. The biggest controversy at the moment is whether Congress will agree to “thumbs up/thumbs down” the treaty, rather than having to debate and approve each of the proposed terms after the international negotiations […]

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