Posts Tagged ‘Intellectual property

20
Sep
08

Internet law: a few more definitions

Intellectual property law refers to copyrights, trademarks and patents. The three give exclusive rights to do certain things.

  • copyright law: protects original works of authorship fixed in any tangible means of expression now known or later developed.
  • trademark law: protects any word, name, symbol or device used by a person to identify or distinguish his or her goods.

Copyright and trademark law have proven to be durable. There have been very few revisions in relation to Internet law.

There are two laws in particular that are important to social media:

  1. Digital Millennium Copyright Act
  2. UDRP, an arbitration policy in which a brand owner can enforce its rights against a “cybersquater.”
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20
Sep
08

Add “GigaLaw” to your dictionary

In a few short minutes, Doug Isenberg, founder of the GigaLaw Firm, will introduce us to the world of Internet law — a topic that’s Greek to many due to the fact that it’s so new.

Doug is a smart guy, so brilliant that he invented his own word, “GigaLaw,” also the name of his Web site. So what does it mean?

The phrase refers to intellectual property, technology and Internet law. “Giga” is a prefix that means 1 billion and is commonly used in reference to high-tech devices (gigahertz, gigabytes, etc.).

Extra tidbit: Isenberg’s “GigaLaw” is protected by federal trademark No. 2,451,901. This number will be on the quiz.

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