History of the Internet (03:08)
On October 29th, 1969, the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network sent the first Internet message— in 1971 the first email was sent. The Internet carries an extensive range of goods and services. This episode examines intellectual property issues related to trademarks, copyrights, and website content.
A trademark indicates products or services are from a particular source— it is granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The USPTO assigns classes to a trademark so the same wording can be used in different industries. Learn the five benefits to registering a trademark.
What is Trademark Infringement? (05:10)
Trademark infringement is the unauthorized use of a trademark or service mark. Action can be brought against a domain holder if its usage is in bad faith. Learn about cyber-squatting, typo-squatting, and reverse name hijacking.
A copyright grants the maker of an original work exclusive rights to its use and distribution. Learn what constitutes a derivative work, when a fair use exception can be employed, and what types of works are considered public domain. A poor man's copyright does not provide as much protection as registering a copyright with the USTPO.
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (03:18)
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act allows copyright owners to send notices to domain holders who are infringing on a copyright. Learn why privacy policies are important for domain holders and when safe harbor provisions apply.
Credits: Intellectual Property and the Internet (00:32)
Credits: Intellectual Property and the Internet
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