Copyright Law

  • “Dope!”, IP Rights, and the Beastie Boys

    … differently. (I feel like there aren’t enough lawsuits where the case turns on the word “dope” and what its legal effect is, but that might just be me…) If the jury believed Phillips, it would substantially limit any possible verdict and damages, since the heart of the copyright infringement claim stated that Monster willfully or recklessly violated…

    Stephen Hoffman/ Hoffman Law Office, P.C.- 8 readers -
  • How to Develop an IP Portfolio for Small Businesses

    … how do you do it? Intellectual property is generally broken down into four major categories: patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Patent law protects novel inventions, systems, and processes for a term of years. Copyright law protects original works of authorship such as books, music, software, mobile apps, and websites, among…

    Stephen Hoffman/ Hoffman Law Office, P.C.- 13 readers -
  • The Legal Side of Developing a New Product

    …, your product might be patentable. And where there’s a patent, opportunities for licensing that patent aren’t far behind. Does your product indicate who you are, either through its packaging, branding, or design? Then you may want to obtain federal or state trademark protection to prevent others from using your name, slogan, design, or even…

    Stephen Hoffman/ Hoffman Law Office, P.C.- 37 readers -
  • The Benefits of Copyright Registration for Small Businesses

    …No matter what line of work you’re in, you’ve probably heard a few things about copyright protection and infringement. From the (in)famous Napster case to the DMCA takedown notices cropping up on YouTube, copyright law shows up more and more in our daily lives. As a small business owner, you should be especially concerned with protecting your…

    Stephen Hoffman/ Hoffman Law Office, P.C.- 32 readers -
  • Internet Assets and Garnishment in Minnesota

    …. But, like practically anything a business owns, the law generally considers websites and domain names to be assets (property) and, according to a recent Minnesota Court of Appeals opinion, can be attached and garnished by creditors. The case, Sprinkler Warehouse Inc. v. Systematic Rain Inc. d/b/a GPLAWN.com, stems from a Texas copyright infringement…

    Stephen Hoffman/ Hoffman Law Office, P.C.- 31 readers -
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