Posts made in June, 2012

How do I get a copyright? 0

How do I get a copyright?

Posted by on Jun 29, 2012 in Copyright

Many people wonder how do I get a copyright? The dirty little secret of copyright law is that you do not really need to do anything to obtain a copyright. Once you take that thought in your head and put it to paper you have already obtained a copyright in what you have written. It is not the legal process to register a copyright which gives the author the copyright but the process of creating the work in the first place. Granted, the protections offered from registering your copyright are much greater than the protection which is afforded to unregistered copyrights, however, unregistered copyrights are still able to be protected.

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Welcome to

Posted by on Jun 29, 2012 in Announcements

Today is the first day our blog,  is online.  We hope to use this site as an informational page which will help guide our clients and the public through the intricacies of copyright law.  Hopefully you will find what follows to be both informative and entertaining. Our goal is to provide ourselves as a resource that will help educate anyone that comes across it.  This page is not legal advice, it is just our personal opinions about copyright law and how we at Stone Law, P.C. believe copyright law should be.  If you would like legal advice, we offer free consultations and can be reached at 732-444-6303. We look forward to being your source for copyright law and welcome any questions or comments which you may...

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DMCA – Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Posted by on Jun 29, 2012 in Computer Law, Copyright

In 1998, Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which includes a variety of provisions to address intellectual property concerns including things like digital material and the Internet. In addition, the DMCA updated U.S. law to implement two World Intellectual Property Organization treaties from 1996. The DMCA strengthens penalties for digital piracy, including criminal penalties for tampering with anti-piracy measures in software. The manufacture of software or devices to circumvent copyright protection measures is also prohibited. There are several exceptions to these penalties, including law enforcement, libraries, and educational institutions, as well as a temporary exception for copying data while repairing your computer. Although it includes these new penalties, Title 1 of the DMCA specifies that there are no changes to the existing copyright infringement rights, remedies, or defenses. The DMCA also exempts foreign copyright holders from the U.S. law that requires copyrights to be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office before an infringement lawsuit can be filed. Stone Law can help you navigate the DMCA’s technological provisions and penalties and protect your rights. The DMCA makes a special provision for internet service providers that absolves them of copyright infringement liability provided they follow specified guidelines. ISPs can avoid liability if they follow the Act’s guidelines. One requirement is...

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