Articles Tagged with “copyright infringement”

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Most intellectual property lawsuits that hit the headlines seem to involve technological giants like Apple or Samsung. One recent copyright infringement case stemmed from the use of iconic images of the late, great Marilyn Monroe. CMG Worldwide, the intellectual property rights firm which represented Marilyn Monroe LLC, claimed that it owned the rights to the images in question. According to them, two photography studios who had used those images-one in California and one in Oregon-had violated their copyright over the pictures.

CMG originally filed suit in an Indianapolis U.S. District Court, but the case was later moved to federal court in California and consolidated with a similar case. A federal judge initially ruled that since Marilyn Monroe didn’t live in California at the time of her death, CMG and their client did not own rights over publicity in the state. CMG and their client appealed the case, but the appeals court recently upheld the lower court’s decision.
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In an intellectual property trial that was held between Google and Oracle in California over Android software, the jury found in favor of Google in the second phase of the three-phase trial. Oracle had claimed that Google committed patent infringement by stealing two patents for their Java programming language. All 10 of the jury members made the decision unanimously this month that no patent infringement had occurred.

On May 7, the search engine giant lost the battle in the first phase of the trial when the jury decided that they had indeed infringed on copyrights owned by Oracle. They ruled that Google had infringed copyrights on nine different lines of code when they used similar language to the Java language used by Sun Microsystem.
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Intellectual property is an incredibly valuable asset for almost any organization, especially when innovative designs and processes are at stake. Intellectual property includes anything from patents and trademarks to copyrights and trade secrets. For start-up businesses or even businesses that are already in operation in California, it’s important for owners to understand the importance of intellectual property.

When it comes to intellectual property, businesses want to ensure that they do not ‘contaminate’ their own trademark by using similar designs or information from other companies. It is critical that upon creation of one’s business that everything is done from scratch and is researched to ensure that it isn’t similar to any other business out there. Otherwise, a company could run into disputes, especially when that company gets off the ground quickly and successfully.
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As any California resident is probably well aware of, intellectual property rights have gone from being a relatively obscure issue to taking center stage over the past 20 years thanks to a number of emerging technologies. Nowadays, people can share songs, books and movies with ease. People are also creating their own content at a record pace. Naturally, this has led to a lot of interest in intellectual property rights.

Although many economies rely on intellectual property rights, few may compare to the reliance of the United States upon them. California may especially rely on these rights thanks to Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Indeed, a new survey conducted by the U.S. government shows that 40 million jobs are supported by intellectual property rights. That’s more than a quarter of the U.S. workforce, or 28 percent.
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Jury selection for an intellectual property suit between two technology heavy-hitters began on April 16. The case, which is being tried before a federal court in California, involves Oracle Corp. and Google, with Oracle accusing Google of copyright and patent infringement. It is seeking $1 billion in damages as well as an injunction to prevent Google from further distributing the popular Android mobile operating system.

The heart of the matter concerns the development of the Android system. Oracle is alleging that Google improperly used Java in developing Android. Java is an Oracle-owned product that allows for developers to easily write programs for use on any computer. It specifically says that Google infringed on two patents, as well as infringed on the copyright Oracle holds on a technology known as application programming interfaces (APIs).
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One of the most important things for a company is the protection of its intellectual property. This property may well define the company in the eyes of the public, making it all the more vital to see that others are not infringing upon it. In that vein, California readers may be interested to hear that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences recently filed a copyright infringement suit against an events rental company.

According to a news report, the events company had been allowing customers to rent oversized Oscar statuettes. It was also reportedly selling the statuettes as well. As the Academy has a copyright on the form of the Oscar statuette, it has a right to prevent others from using it in their promotional items and from selling it.
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