What started as a business-to-business contract in 2013, ended as an intellectual property infringement case filed in 2015 and settled finally in 2018. The owner of Grumpy Cat brand joined forces with a coffee maker called Grenade Beverage for a limited product offering based on the internet star who first appeared online in 2012 known as Grumpy Cat and owned by Tabatha Bundesen. However, Grenade launched other products beyond the scope of the original agreement, including a line of ground coffee, resulting in Grumpy Cat Limited's brand owner, Bundesen, filing a lawsuit for copyright and trademark infringement.
When someone creates an original work, they more than likely do not wish to see another party profit from it. While this expectation alone is a logical reason to register a copyright, protecting one's work can come with additional legal benefits.
Business partnerships are just like any important interpersonal relationship – they require attention and care to thrive. Unfortunately, many partners can fall into traps that sour the relationship and even create a toxic work environment. This can lead to costly disputes and dissolution of the partnership.
You may be familiar with Bitcoin and other “cryptocurrencies.” These are new ways of storing and transferring value which do not rely on a centralized bank account, but rather on a new technology which verifies the value without a bank account to verify the money.
Copyright issues span a gamut of scenarios brought before the court in an effort to assign and protect authorship. With society utilizing more technology and creativity in its pursuits, there is often collaboration between humans and non-humans to produce a final work.
In February of this year, a photographer filed a lawsuit against CBS interactive for using his copyrighted photos. The images appeared on 247Sports, a subsidiary of the media giant that deals largely in collegiate athletics recruitment. The photographer was requesting $150,000 for each use of his images.
Like many other innovators, you may have conceived the idea for a brilliant technological widget by working nights and weekends in your garage. Friends enthusiastically contributed their ideas and you began developing plans to form a new company.
When does music creation become copyright infringement? In this case, popular singer songwriter Ed Sheeran was called out for his hit song "Photograph" copying The X Factor winner's song "Amazing." The song "Amazing" was written by Leonard and Martin Harrington. The song was released in 2009 as a single won Matt Cardle the X Factor competition for 2010.
In today's job market, employees making frequent job changes, as well as changing companies, has become commonplace. Non compete agreement are typically used to protect employers from having trade secrets exposed when an employee leaves the company. But how enforceable are these agreements? An employer can have a better chance of protecting themselves and their business by creating non compete agreements that are more specific and reasonable.