You’re considering a lot of different things when thinking about inking a new tattoo, but copyright infringement probably isn’t one of them. But copyright laws come into play in various ways when tattooing new work – whether you’re the artist whose designs are being inked, the tattoo artists drawing your own work, or an artist merely using the influence and inspiration of tattoo art...
Category - Intellectual Property
Stories about receiving copyright protection and dealing with infringement
If the owner of a copyrighted work cannot be found, can I use it? It may be possible if you analyze the orphan work properly.
Fashion designers face a unique set of challenges in protecting their intellectual property, but new court decisions are providing further guidance for fashion designers and legal practitioners.
As a general rule, when an artistic or literary work is created, the author is the one that holds the copyright. Nobody can copy, distribute, or display the work without the author’s permission. When a painting is sold, the buyer owns the painting itself, but does not have the right to use that image for anything else other than to hang it. But what happens if the artist was hired specifically...
It is a common misperception that you cannot copyright a building design. That is probably because, before 1990, there wasn’t much protection for building designs. At that time, anyone could reproduce buildings that looked identical to those created by others, as long as they didn’t actually use copied drawings to build them. With the passage of the Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act in...
Picking a name for a business or product is one of the first steps for any new venture. However, many companies don’t register their trademarks during the start-up phase, usually waiting until a later time when sufficient cash is available if registered at all. That decision is a bit of a gamble. In reality, businesses should prioritize trademark registration for their brands or company...
In this article, we discuss international copyright treaties, the minimum protection you may see from countries across the globe, as well as the enhanced rights only available in the United States.
DMCA safe harbor shields internet service providers from any copyright infringement liability. Here's what artists can do to protect their work.
Given the popularity of street art, video mash-ups, remixes, or pop art, it's important to know whether the works being used are copyright-free.
A team of scientists, programmers and historians have created an algorithm that created a physical work of art that mimics the look of a genuine Rembrandt painting. But can a computer generated work have copyright protection?
Knowing more about copyright and fair use will help you determine what is yours to use and what is off limits.
Your name is a corporate asset with real tangible value, and protecting it is an important business consideration. A trademark may be the answer.