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Blockbuster copyright infringement case thrown out

Many New Mexico moviegoers have probably seen "Avatar," James Cameron's blockbuster movie released in 2009.  A man claiming that his ideas were stolen and used in the movie sued Cameron, Lightstorm Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox for copyright infringement.  Recently, a judge dismissed the case.

Non-disclosure agreements: when are they necessary?

Asking employees to sign non-disclosure agreements has long been a standard operating procedure for businesses. New Mexico business owners may be considering the necessity of non-disclosure agreements for their own companies, but there are those who feel that these agreements violate employee rights. While there may be some of these legally binding agreements that are questionable, non-disclosure agreements are a legal, viable and beneficial way to protect company interests.

Copyright law and how it could change the music industry

New Mexico readers who stream online music could be noticing some major changes in the industry. Congress is considering an overhaul of the U.S. copyright law and these changes would have a direct impact on music and how artists get paid for the use of their copyrighted songs. While there can be no guarantee on the outcome of any proposed changes, most people agree that the laws pertaining to the music industry are outdated and too complex.

Aereo streaming services actually copyright infringement

The United States Supreme Court has recently ruled against Aereo, stating that their services violate copyright law. Aereo is an internet service designed to allow television viewers to watch shows by using signals that are transferred through the air. The reason why this act of "grabbing signals" for broadcast is considered infringement of copyright law is because neither sponsors nor the owner of the content receive compensation from Aereo's streaming service.

The ongoing battle in Hollywood over copyright protection

It is no secret to New Mexico readers that there is an ongoing battle in Hollywood over copyright infringement and how to protect copyrighted property. Specifically, there is an ongoing battle between the Writers Guild of America West and the Motion Picture Association of America over file-sharing sites. The dispute between the two organizations stems from a disagreement over copyright infringement and online streaming on these file-sharing sites.

Did TV show infringe on another writer's copyright?

The Fox television show "New Girl" has gained a following around the country and here in New Mexico. The premise of the show and the personalities of the characters are intriguing to many people. They are especially interesting to two women who claim that the alleged creators of the show are guilty of copyright infringement.

ARAG, Google in copyright dispute over use of photo

As blogging becomes a more popular online medium for information and entertainment, blogs will likely also become the target of more intellectual property complaints. This is because many bloggers post copyrighted content without receiving permission. As New Mexico readers may have heard, a blog that pokes fun at business executives is now the subject of a copyright lawsuit filed recently by ARAG North America. The company is suing Google, which hosts the blog, because the blog features an ARAG executive's photo.

Understanding copyright laws helps protect content in New Mexico

When operating a business in New Mexico, one can easily become so consumed with the day-to-day focuses of the business, such as advertising, marketing and sales. However, the area of copyright also requires constant attention, particularly with the exploitation of digital content increasingly commonplace in today's society. A better understanding of copyright law can help to guide business decisions with regard to creating and publicizing content.

Did toy company infringe on Beastie Boys' copyright?

New Mexico parents may be familiar with GoldieBlox, a toy company whose products encourage girls to get involved in engineering, math and science. The company designs toys to challenge girls to use their minds. Unfortunately for GoldiBlox, its advertisements have come under fire from the Beastie Boys. The band says the company infringed on its copyright of "Girls," a song the band recorded in 1987.

Google prevails in lawsuit brought by the Author's Guild

A lawsuit claiming that Google Inc. was violating copyright laws by scanning books without the writer's permission was dismissed by a federal judge.  Google has been in the business of making digital copies of books for the past nine years.  The Author's Guild first sued Google in 2005 by claiming that Google was not making "fair use" of this material when it offered searchable portions from the work online.


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