Artists, songwriters, writers, photographers and others often have a hard time convincing the public that their creations are not free for anyone to use. Even when they sign a contract permitting the use of a work of art, the other party may take advantage of the permission. One New York photographer has turned to intellectual property litigation after an advertising agency allegedly stepped outside the boundaries of their contractual agreement.
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Trade secrets can separate a company from its competitors. This information also falls into the category of intellectual property, and like tangible property, it is important that proprietary information is protected. In most cases, the protections come in the form of contracts restricting the use and disclosure of this information. However, some individuals may break contracts, and intellectual property litigation may result.
Photographers here in New York and elsewhere often get excited about their work. In that excitement, they may post their work for others to see without making sure that they receive the appropriate payment for it. Until recently, they could file for copyright protection and file intellectual property litigation against those who failed to pay for the work.
When people create visual, audible or physical works, they often put a considerable amount of passion into those works. Whether they create something with the intention of later making a profit or whether they just create for the sake of creation, they have a stake in their work. As a result, it is often wise for creators to copyright their work to prevent unauthorized use, but unfortunately, intellectual property litigation could still take place.
It is not unusual for celebrities to post pictures of themselves on their social media pages. In fact, some may plan elaborate photo shoots to get just the right picture to use for self-promotion. At the same time, celebrities are known for disdaining the attention of the paparazzi, who may post unflattering pictures of them. However, one fashion model is facing intellectual property litigation for using a paparazzi photo on her Instagram page without the New York photographer's permission.
When a person or company makes a creative work or other original idea, steps are often taken to protect that information or work. In many cases, such as with musicians, creative works become well known to the public, and without copyright protections, almost anyone could potentially take elements of a song and plagiarize them without repercussion. However, when someone infringes on a copyright, intellectual property litigation could ensue.
Most everyone remembers that special teacher whose lessons were interesting because they deviated from the textbook. Such teachers often spend many hours preparing lessons and creating innovative ways to make learning joyful for their students. Technology allows these teachers to share their creative lesson plans and to make money doing so. However, some New York educators are resorting to intellectual property litigation because others are profiting from their hard work.
Creating a business website means finding clever ways to attract the attention of potential customers. This may mean including sharp graphics, bold images or edgy music. However, adding these items to a website or even a social media page without paying attention to the copyright had led many New York businesses to intellectual property litigation when the owners of the art or music sought restitution for copyright violations.
It seems more common than ever for musicians to build on other artists' work by sampling recognizable hooks, refrains or lyrics and repurposing them into a variety of genres. However, a musician who samples another artist's song without permission may end up facing intellectual property litigation. One example of this is singer Nicki Minaj's dispute with Grammy winner Tracy Chapman.
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.