How to Use Proper Copyright Notice

Erik K Pelton

There is a lot of confusion about the benefits of using a copyright notice, and when and how to properly use the copyright symbol and notice. In this episode, Erik clarifies the how, when, and why to use copyright notice.

Is "The Naked Kiss" Missing Copyright Notice?

Dear Rich IP Blog

There are very clear records in the post-1978 Copyright Office database indicating copyright ownership but this person is insisting it is an invalid copyright because there is no “©” insignia anywhere on head or tail. Is the copyright notice missing?


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Copyright Notice was Sufficient Copyright Management Information to Survive Motion to Dismiss

Chicago IP

12(b)(6) motion to dismiss in this copyright infringement and Digital Millenium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) claims involving a picture of the inside of a restaurant bar. Southall v. Force Partners, LLC , No. 20 C 3223, Slip Op. 31, 2021) (Chang, J.).

Copyright Notice was Sufficient Copyright Management Information to Survive Motion to Dismiss

LexBlog IP

12(b)(6) motion to dismiss in this copyright infringement and Digital Millenium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) claims involving a picture of the inside of a restaurant bar. Southall v. Force Partners, LLC , No. 20 C 3223, Slip Op. 31, 2021) (Chang, J.).

How to protect your photos from unauthorized use online


Copyright infringement of digital photos differs in important ways from infringement in the markets of music and movies. Get proof of ownership by registering your copyright. Even though it is not mandatory, copyright registration provides valuable legal protection.

Legal Protection for the Software Arts — Part 5

JD Supra Law

Copyright protection is, generally speaking, formality-free in the US and other member states of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.

7 Takeaways from YouTube’s Copyright Transparency Report

Plagiarism Today

Yesterday, YouTube published its first every Copyright Transparency Report. While it’s interesting to see the amount and kinds of copyright notices other providers see, YouTube has faced far more copyright criticism than those companies.

3 Count: Calling Duty

Plagiarism Today

First off today, Otto Kratky at GameSpot reports that video game publisher Activision has filed yet another lawsuit against an alleged cheat distributor, this one citing violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Copyright NewsHave any suggestions for the 3 Count?

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3 Count: Polar Thawing

Plagiarism Today

1: Sinclair, Photographer Resolve Copyright Dispute Over Polar Bear Video. 2: Le Tigre’s Kathleen Hanna and Johanna Fateman Sue Over “Deceptacon” Copyright Infringement Accusation. 3: Back 4 Blood Streamers Will Have to Turn Off Licensed Music to Avoid Copyright Strikes.

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Which trademark or copyright symbol do I use?

Erik K Pelton

For more, see my video: The post Which trademark or copyright symbol do I use? One of the most common questions I get is about which symbol to use. Here is a handy cheat sheet I made: ® – a.k.a “circle-R” – Registered trademark with the USPTO.

3 Count: Finally Settled

Plagiarism Today

1: Cox Settles Dispute with BMG, Rightscorp Over Copyright Notices. Cox filed counterclaims alleging that Rightscorp, a rights management company employed by BMG, was knowingly filing false takedown notices. Copyright NewsHave any suggestions for the 3 Count?

3 Count: Bowser’s Millions

Plagiarism Today

1: YouTube Says it Receives Millions of Incorrect Video Copyright Takedown Requests. First off today, Aimee Chanthadavong at ZDNet reports that YouTube has released its first every copyright report and, in doing so, has shined a light on the number and kinds of copyright requests it receives.

Foreign Works, US Rights: The 7th Circle of Copyright Hell?

Copyright Lately

Here’s why determining the copyright status of old foreign works can be a hellish undertaking. The new lawsuit raises a host of complicated legal issues that, while exciting for copyright nerds like me, are often a nightmare to litigate. copyright law. Copyright Office.

Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2021-07-31

Barry Sookman

Supreme Court to release Access copyright decision this week, Judgment to be Rendered in Appeal – SCC Cases [link] 2021-07-26. Commission starts legal action against 23 EU countries over copyright rules [link] 2021-07-28.

The Streamlabs (SLOBS) Plagiarism Scandal

Plagiarism Today

This is usually done with a copyright notice, but, in some cases, is done by working directly with the site that uploaded the content. Streamlabs, a company that provides software that enables livestreaming, has long been a somewhat controversial figure in the streaming marketplace.

Facebook’s Plagiarism Problems Are Deeper Than You Realize

Plagiarism Today

Back in September , I reported on Facebook’s Widely Viewed Content Report and how Casey Newton, a reporter at The Verge, noticed that nearly all the top posts on Facebook for the quarter were plagiarized. .

Does Failure to Submit Copies to Copyright Office Put an End to Copyright?

Dear Rich IP Blog

Each issue of the print magazine had a copyright notice ("© Krause Publications, Inc.") 3) If the publisher did submit the copies to the LoC, is it possible to find out if the publisher renewed the copyright? So, who owns the magazine copyright?

Shelbyville-Based Photographer Sues Dr. Brite for Alleged Copyright Infringement

Indiana Intellectual Property Law

Copyright Office as Group Reg. Further, Haehl claims she posted a copyright notice alongside each photograph posted on her Facebook page. Haehl claims Dr. Brite used one of her copyrighted photographs to advertise Dr. Brite’s products as shown below (the “Dr.

Not Invincible: A Cautionary Tale for Creators

Copyright Lately

As a new lawsuit involving the popular comic book and animated series “Invincible” shows, the failure to properly document the copyright status of a jointly-created work at the beginning can lead to messy consequences later.

Public Domain of The Living Dead


The release, paired with the copyright error, changed the horror movie genre and the independent film industry forever. At the time of the film’s theatrical release, the US Copyright Act of 1909 required notice to maintain enforceable federal copyright protection.

Movie Companies Want VPNs to Log User Data and Disconnect Pirates


Over the past years, we have seen copyright holders take several ISPs to court, accusing them of failing to disconnect repeat copyright infringers. However, based on these notices, the accused VPNs can’t pinpoint individual subscribers.

Strategic Legal Algorithms Against Public Participation: YouTube Disables Newslaundry’s Account Following Copyright Claims from Aaj Tak


In a new low for Indian media, Aaj Tak (owned by the media conglomerate Living Media) has allegedly taken to using copyright claims to prevent criticism of its reportage by media watchdog Newslaundry. New Social Media Rules, But No Clarity for Copyright Claims.

Smells Like Copyright Infringement


copyright law, a particularly confusing subject for foreign works published before 1978. copyright law. publications of the translated work, which lacked both registration and copyright notice in Scott-Giles’ name. Copyright Act of 1909. Sarah Raja is a 3L J.D.

DISH Wins $31m Judgment & Injunction Against Pirate IPTV Service & Resellers


In an effort to shut the service down, DISH said it sent at least 134 copyright infringement notices to Chitram between July 2014 and November 2015. From: TF , for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

SpicyIP Weekly Review (September 27 – October 3)


Next Radio set aside the Madras High Court’s judgment that had modified the application of Rule 29(4) of Copyright Rules, 2013 applicable to the statutory licensing regime under Section 31D of the Copyright Act, finding that it rewrote the words of the statute [September 29, 2021].

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Copyright Ownership in State Board Textbooks: Impediments to Accessibility


In this post, I look at the question of the government’s copyright ownership in State Board textbooks, and its implications on access to knowledge and education. Government’s Role as Publisher and Copyright Owner. Copyright Policies that Impede Access. Image from here.

Enforcing Copyright Outside the Courtroom – The New Notice Regimes

Canadian Intellectual Property Blog

With the ever-increasing presence of social media, including websites like YouTube where content can generate income, copyright infringement is escalating at alarming rates. Unfortunately, it is no secret that the cost of enforcing copyright through the courts is expensive.

YouTube’s first Copyright Transparency Report 2021 – A step towards “factfulness”

Kluwer Copyright Blog

At the end of 2021, YouTube’s first Copyright Transparency Report 2021 (“Report”) was published. It was taken down after one hour, as it was subject to a copyright notice by a news channel relying on the US DMCA. It is the first ever report by YouTube on copyright actions.

Trademarks vs. Copyrights for Startups

TraskBritt Intellectual Property

Intellectual property law includes patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets and is an important consideration for any new business. This article will address trademarks and copyrights, but the law firm of TraskBritt can assist with any intellectual property law needs.

TTAB Denies Petition to Cancel "ONEPACKET" Registration: Failure to Prove Nonuse

The TTABlog

Text Copyright John L. Respondent's rope-a-dope defense proved to be successful in this cancellation proceeding aimed at a registration for the mark ONEPACKET (standard form) for computer-related services.

A Look Back at India’s Top IP Developments of 2021


We’ve tried to represent a diversity of subject matter also in this list, so we have a fair sprinkling of cases dealing with copyright, patents, trademarks, competition law etc. Both suits were filed before the 2012 amendment to the Copyright Act.

Is the Best Defense to a Copyright Infringement Claim No Defense at All?

The IP Law Blog

We recently discussed a new trend in celebrity copyright litigation on our YouTube channel and podcast ( The Briefing on YouTube ). I am writing today to discuss what may be a new strategy in such copyright litigation.

How Lulu Lost Her Mark

Dear Rich IP Blog

My understanding is that all publicity photos taken back in the 1920s and 1930s were never copyrighted, therefore, in the public domain, especially if the photographer is unidentified.