September 2018 Archives

Violating copyright law can have severe consequences

Those who sink millions of dollars into creating a motion picture hope they will make some profit. A few fortunate filmmakers know their high-budget projects will be blockbusters, grossing many millions of dollars, especially if they are parts of popular franchises. Copyright law protects the filmmakers' rights to limit access to the movies only to those who are willing to pay the price of a ticket. In New York and elsewhere, anyone who violates that right can face serious penalties.

Websites confused about intellectual property ownership

It is the dream of many New York musicians and songwriters to create a legacy of music that will live for generations. Most composers find it flattering when other musicians cover their songs in concert or on recordings. Composers of the classical genre may never have imagined how long their music would thrive or how many musicians would honor them with performances of their songs. Unfortunately, some of those musicians are finding themselves facing intellectual property disputes because of content filtering systems used by many websites.

School acknowledges intellectual property violation

School mascots are meant to inspire and rally students to strive for success. Those mascots are often symbols of desirable traits, such as strength, perseverance or indomitability. Sometimes, however, a New York school chooses its mascot or logo because it is familiar to students. For one school in another state, a familiar mascot was also a violation of intellectual property rights.

Attorney disbarred for legal malpractice

Hiring an attorney often takes a leap of faith. New York clients entrust their privacy, their money and their future in the hands of legal professionals with the expectation of honesty and the hope of a positive resolution to their issues. Because so much is often at stake when someone turns to a lawyer, the legal profession holds attorneys to the highest ethical standards. When those standards are not met, a lawyer may face charges of legal malpractice.

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