October 2017 Archives

Intellectual property litigation: Disney versus tech inventor

Hollywood is careful to protect itself from pirating and other illegal uses of its products. However, it may seem to some in New York and elsewhere that the industry does not play by the same rules. While movie studios may be quick to accuse someone of stealing copyrighted materials, apparently, they do not expect intellectual property litigation when they use allegedly stolen technology. One man is about to take on some Goliaths in the industry to protect his intellectual property.

Do stream-ripping sites violate copyright law?

It was only a short time ago when a New York music fan could borrow a friend's vinyl record and make a cassette tape of the music. In addition to not having to pay to purchase the album, copying the music to a tape made it portable since it was not feasible to carry around one's turntable. The music industry and recording artists complained about this as a violations of copyright law, but they may have had no idea of what technology would allow fans to do in the future.

Legal malpractice claims for lack of email security

New York residents who face legal situations are often flummoxed by the complexity of the issues involved. Because an attorney has specialized knowledge, clients often take a leap of faith that the lawyer is safeguarding the information with which he or she is entrusted. When that trust is misplaced, the lawyer may end up facing allegations of legal malpractice.

Is fanfiction stealing intellectual property?

Since the modernized fanfiction appeared in a magazine paying homage to the original Star Trek series, the world of fanfiction has evolved into a life of its own. The inception of fanfiction websites made such creative expressions more accessible, spawning derivative fiction for every conceivable literary genre. While some authors in New York and elsewhere welcome and even encourage fans to show their appreciation in this unique way, other authors argue that fanfiction violates their intellectual property.

Banana costume sparks intellectual property litigation

For some in New York, it takes only the turning of the calendar page to October to begin preparations for Halloween. Cobwebs go up in trees, and pumpkins are arranged on the porch. Finally, the only thing left to do is to procure the perfect costume. Rather than becoming a goblin or Iron Man, some will purchase a costume to transform themselves into the funniest of fruits, the banana. However, banana costumes are currently the center of intellectual property litigation.

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