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Music copyright basics

California is home to many musicians and other artists who wish to receive full credit for their works. The U.S. Copyright Office, a division of the Library of Congress, explains that as with any copyright, a music copyright is automatically secured the moment the music is written down or recorded. However, in order to get the most benefit from a copyright, it needs to be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. The registration process is fairly easy. A person needs to fill out a form, submit a copy of the music and pay a fee. 

Understanding trademark dilution under California law

Dilution is when the value of something is decreased. So, trademark dilution is when one company infringes upon a trademark and it leads to consumer confusion and a decrease in the value of the trademark. California has specifically addressed trademark dilution in the state’s Business and Professions Code.

How does a copyright differ from a trademark or patent?

If you have created an original work, designed a new product or came up with a logo for your business in California, you may want to consider getting it legally protected through the federal government. Yet, it can be difficult to tell just what form of intellectual property protection you need. With copyrights, trademarks and patents available, you may need some guidance when it comes to choosing which will best meet your needs.

Multiple patents keep drug makers from releasing a generic EpiPen

As part of the research and development process, a pharmaceutical company will obtain a patent that gives it exclusive rights to manufacture, market and profit from a drug. Once the patent expires, other drug companies are able to manufacture and sell the drug under a generic name. Although the average term of a patent is approximately 20 years from the time the company files an application, there are situations where the terms of the patent can be extended or multiple patents may be granted.  

Criminal activity through social media

There’s no question that millions of people are updating their statuses, loading pictures or taking videos of their most prized life moments and posting them on various social media sites. While Californians want to protect their personal information and lives, many choose to share these intimate details with their friends and family online. Unfortunately, this leaves a perfect avenue for criminals to gain access to private files and use them for purposes that may not always be good.

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