Understanding Trademark Infringement and How to Avoid It

November 29, 2016 | Charles Bowen

If you are starting your own business, it is crucial that you gain a clear understanding of the legal use of trademark and the dangers of trademark infringement. Infringement cases can be expensive and time-consuming, particularly for a small business. This article is meant to guide you through the basics of trademark infringement and how to avoid it.

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Topics: Copyright Law

What Rights Do You Have in Images of Yourself?

September 7, 2016 | Charles Bowen

I was recently interviewed on Fox 28 about the reasonable expectation of privacy when Councilwoman Johnson filed a legal action after being photographed in public. This article gives some a more detailed explanation of a person’s right to his or her likeness when photographed in public.

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Topics: trademarks, Copyright Law

How to Know if Your Trademark or Copyright Has Been Violated

June 30, 2016 | Charles Bowen

Whether you own a small business or a large multinational corporation, when your company is the subject of copyright infringement, it is critical that you are proactive in analyzing your legal options and protecting your rights under the law. However, it’s not always simple to determine when a trademark or copyright status has been violated by another party. The purpose of this article is to highlight how a business can determine if their trademark or copyright has been violated.

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Topics: Copyright Law

Legal Concerns Raised By the Georgia Confederate Flag License Plate

December 2, 2015 | Charles Bowen

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Topics: Attorneys Savannah GA, Copyright Law

What Is the Facebook Copyright Hoax and Why Doesn’t It Work?

November 27, 2015 | Charles Bowen

 

The posts seem to come back every few months: Facebook status updates replete with legal sounding terminology in a guise to protect the user’s content from being used in ways beyond their permission. They are usually preceded by a claim that Facebook will be changing the terms of its user agreement and the copyright conditions included therein.

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Topics: Copyright Law

Can I Use Copyrighted Material on my Blog?

October 20, 2014 | Charles Bowen

The Bob Cesca / Sarah Palin Question

 

The Question

 

Does the Fair Use doctrine give Bob Cesca the right to reproduce and criticize videos published by Sarah Palin on her paid-subscription website, or does Ms. Palin’s copyright on the work protect it from being reproduced without her permission?

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Topics: Copyright Law