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The effects of the internet on intellectual property rights

Protecting your intellectual property in California has gotten a bit more difficult as technology has advanced. The internet has opened doors to allow people to easily copy and reproduce your material without permission. At Millstone, Peterson & Watts, LLP, we understand that protecting your property is essential to ensuring only you are able to profit from what is rightfully yours. However, it can be difficult to stay up-to-date on the laws and on the risk because they both are constantly changing as technology evolves.

Copyright, fair use and YouTube

When it comes to California residents sharing information on the internet, there are always going to be concerns about copyrights. This is especially true when it comes to YouTube. This video sharing platform is wildly popular because it allows users to connect with millions of viewers. However, when a user creates a video that contains someone else’s content, there could be an issue with copyright.

What cannot be patented?

If you want to patent an invention or discovery in California, then it helps to understand what cannot be patented. The law is very specific when it comes to patents. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states that in general almost anything created by man and any processes used to create such items can be patented. However, there are exceptions, and it is important to understand them so you don’t waste time trying to get a patent for an unqualified item or process.

How is internet crime regulated?

The internet is a huge non-tangible thing that has taken over the world. Even though you are using it in California, you may be looking at content that was created half-way around the world in another country. This leads to many questions about how law is maintained on the internet. In the United States, the Department of Justice states that various law enforcement agencies at all levels help to monitor the internet and keep it from total anarchy.

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