Yes, Your Website Needs a DMCA Agent. Here’s Why.

Yes, Your Website Needs a DMCA Agent. Here’s Why.

Copyright, Copyright Infringement
As a Phoenix law firm focusing on the needs of e-commerce and online services companies, I often see website owners who have selected a DMCA designated agent in their Terms of Service or Terms of Use but have done little else beyond that. What they don't know is that this failure to take necessary steps after selecting their Designated Agent could be a serious (if not costly) oversight. What is The DMCA? Just because a copyrighted work is on the Internet or in digital form, doesn't mean copyright no longer applies. However, while it is a lot harder to copy an author's book or an artist’s painting in the physical world, reproducing or displaying a digitized work in cyberspace is as easy as a couple clicks of a mouse or…
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Cupcake War: FoodNetwork Sued over Popular Snow Globe Cupcake Video

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Popular Culture
With the holidays already approaching, things might be get a little too hot in the kitchen for Food Network, which has been sued for copyright infringement by a woman claiming the network stole her idea and techniques for creating snow globe cupcakes, as demonstrated in her how-to video on SugarHero.com. Last year, Elizabeth LaBau posted how-to-video on YouTube showing viewers how to use gelatin sheets and water balloons to transform the basic cupcake into a highly creative (and pretty cool looking) holiday treat. However, only a few weeks later, LaBau alleges that the Food Network uploaded a competing video on the network’s Facebook page, which she claims is essentially an unauthorized and uncredited reproduction of her original cupcake video. I’ve often been asked whether or not a particular favorite or…
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