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The Know Your Rights Blog
- Jul 29, 2020
- 2 min
Will the CASE Act Move to a Vote? You Can Help!
We first mentioned the CASE Act back in 2016 (see post here), and have had high hopes for the bill to pass into law after it passed the House by a majority vote on October 22, 2019. It moved to the Senate, and seemed to have similar support there until Senator Wyden of Oregon placed what's called a "hold" on the bill. Senators don't need to have a specific reason for these holds, and it appears that Senator Wyden is interested in seeing the bill languish and die without debat
- Jun 26, 2020
- 2 min
Finding Infringing Material Online: Can Services Help Protect Your Intellectual Property?
*Originally published 8/30/2016, updated June 26, 2020. You've created your material and sent it out into the world, whether in a print edition or simply "out there" on your blog or website. You have loyal customers and fans. But what do you do to make certain that someone unscrupulous doesn't take your material, adopt it as their own, and put it out into the world as a competing product? Searching for infringing uses of your images, art, or writing on the web can be a daunti
- Dec 7, 2016
- 1 min
Infringing on the "Little Guy": Hope for a Small Claims Copyright Court
Many people still don't realize that copyright does not need to be formally registered with the US Copyright Office in order to be protected by copyright law. That said, among the benefits to registration is the right to bring forth a suit for infringement, under which the rightsholder may be awarded legal fees and statutory damages. "This is all well and good," you think, "For large publishers. But what about me, the independent publisher or author? Surely attorney's fees, t
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