In any business dispute there is usually more than one way in which it can be resolved. While some cases end up in a courtroom where the outcome will be determined by a judge or jury, other times, lawyers for either side are able to reach an agreement outside of the court. This was the case in a disagreement involving the popular hip-hop group Beastie Boys, and a toy company called GoldieBlox.
As fans of the Sherlock series broadcast on public television enjoy its the third season, there is legal news to report regarding the copyright to Arthur Conan Doyle's works involving Sherlock Holmes, which serves as an inspiration. The copyright on many of the Sherlock Holmes stories has run, a judge recently ruled, leaving it in the public domain.
A patent lawsuit involving TiVo Inc and other businesses including Motorola Mobility, recently settled just days before the case was set to go to trial. As a part of the settlement TiVo will receive $490 million. The amount reached in the settlement was a surprise to many who believed that the amount would be much higher. One analyst previously indicated that he thought the settlement would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.7 billion.
For years, copyright laws in the United States have allowed residents of New York and beyond who have created things, to protect and be compensated for their creative works. As technologies change and the way creative works are shared has simplified, most would agree the current copyright laws have not kept up. Recognizing there is a problem, the individual at the helm of the US Copyright Office recently requested that Congress take a stab at addressing the matter.
Businesses throughout the world, including New York, take a multitude of steps to help their products sell better than others on the market. One of those steps is to protect the appearance of its product and prevent other businesses from duplicating it. This may be done via a copyright registration. Recently a copyright issue that may be of interest to individuals throughout the world, reached a conclusion in a federal court in Germany.
There are many things that go into making a business successful. One of those things is consumers' recognition of products in the marketplace. Proper branding, accompanied by copyright and trademark registrations, can make a product more marketable and protect the business. Because of these benefits, it is fairly clear why a business would want to do whatever it could to maintain a copyright or trademark.
Most business owners understand that they must patent, copyright and/or trademark important intellectual property related to the functioning of their businesses. However, the interest of intellectual property holders is not always protected simply by the act of patenting, trademarking or copyrighting work domestically. In particular, small businesses are increasingly targeted for intellectual property theft, precisely because many small businesses believe that they do not have the resources to properly protect their intellectual property or enforce their rights.