By popular demand, Saper Law is once again hosting a seminar on Trademarks and Copyrights. If you recently created a new business entity and have yet to register your trademarks and copyrights, this seminar is important for you to attend. If your company is more established, this seminar will teach you how to maintain, protect, and enforce your existing trademark portfolio. During the July 31 lunch time seminar, Daliah Saper, Principal Attorney at Saper Law, will answer the following questions: What is a Copyright? What is a Trademark? How do Trademarks and Copyrights compare to Trade Secrets and Patents? What is involved with Continue Reading
Flava Works is an adult entertainment studio that specializes in pornographic films featuring men of color. Websites in Flava Works’ network include Cocodorm.com, Thugboy.com, Cocoboyz.com and Papicock.com. Due to premium users’ ability to download proprietary content, current and former subscribers are now being targeted by Flava Works for copyright infringement. Alleged evidence of copyright infringement is obtained via a piece of embedded code that Flava Works inserts into each video file. This embedded code supposedly enables Flava Works to identify the signed-in users who have downloaded the video. With this code, Flava Works also purports to have the capacity to Continue Reading
If you paid close attention to the emoji on the left, you may have noticed that it looks slightly different from the ones that pop up on your phone. This is because you need a license to use copyrighted emojis. For this reason, all but one of the emojis present in this article were provided free by https://emojione.com. Emojis’ ubiquity leads many people to assume that they are part of the public domain. However, this is not the case. In fact, emojis are considered to be intellectual property, and, like other intellectual property, are subject to copyright protection—though the scope Continue Reading
Bodyguard Productions, Inc., is a production company that produced the 2017 drama The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. Bodyguard Productions has filed lawsuits against individuals that, Bodyguard Production alleges, violated their copyrights to The Hitman’s Bodyguard by illegally downloading, acquiring, or otherwise sharing digital copies of the film using file sharing systems, such as BitTorrent. How It Works BitTorrent is what is known as a Peer-to-Peer network: it operates by having users download parts of the film and then upload those parts when they have been watched. This type of transmission may be legal if Continue Reading
Bodyguard Productions, Inc. is filing several federal lawsuits against Illinois, New York, Washington, Colorado, Hawaii, Utah, and Virginia residents for copyright infringement. The production company alleges defendants have illegally downloaded or otherwise acquired digital copies of their 2017 film Hitman’s Bodyguard using file-sharing software, such as BitTorrent. The Steps That Lead to Your Subpoena Bodyguard Productions, Inc. likely uses BitTorrent to identify the IP addresses associated with the unlawful copying or downloading of their copyrighted work. After the IP addresses are located, Bodyguard Productions, Inc. files a copyright infringement lawsuit in federal court. Then, the company will subpoena the defendant’s Continue Reading
In recent months, Me2 Productions has filed copyright infringement complaints against hundreds of individuals who allegedly used peer-to-peer file-sharing services like BitTorrent to download the 2016 film Mechanic: Resurrection. The method by which film production companies like Me2 identify and target copyright infringers is well established. First, the company tracks a specific torrent or torrents, gathering the IP addresses of anyone who downloads their film. Next, they file a petition in federal court, asking the court to order the Internet Service Providers (Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, et cetera) to release the customer information associated with each IP address. They then file Continue Reading
Adult entertainment studio Flava Works, proprietor of gay pornography websites including Cocodorm.com, Thugboy.com, and Papicock.com, is targeting subscribers and former subscribers with claims of copyright violation. The basis for these accusations is a piece of “proprietary software” that Flava Works claims to use to insert a “unique encryption code” into each video file that its users download. This allows Flava Works to check videos shared illegally on filesharing sites like gay-torrents.net or tube sites like xhamster.com for this unique code, and then use the code to connect the video with a specific subscriber or former subscriber. Once this individual has Continue Reading
Vocativ.com's Tracy Moore recently interviewed Daliah Saper about Youtube's DMCA take down notice process and the fine line between fair use and copyright infringement. You can read the article here: Inside YouTube’s Massive Copyright Wars The battle between YouTube stars and copyright holders over fair use laws is shaping the future of digital content By Tracy Moore Jul 02, 2016 at 9:00 AM ET
Cobbler Nevada, LLC has filed federal complaints for copyright infringement against hundreds of individuals who allegedly used peer-to-peer file sharing websites like BitTorrent to download the 2015 film The Cobbler. The film was directed by Thomas McCarthy and stars Adam Sandler. Entities like Cobbler Nevada who own the copyright to certain films hire overseas firms to search BitTorrent and other file sharing networks for copyrighted files being shared and to log the IP addresses of the users who are sharing the files. These IP addresses are then sent to the copyright owner who then files a federal lawsuit. The copyright Continue Reading
Daliah Saper was quoted in Techinsurance.com's article, “Advertising Injury Protection for Technology Businesses.”where she discusses what can happen to business owners who advertise false things about their competition or their products.
Saper Law Immersion Program 2022 will be held August 1-5! This year's program will be held at Saper Law Offices.
Currently in its 9th year, Saper Law Immersion Program
Saper Law Immersion Program 2022will be held August 1-5! This year’s program will be held at Saper Law Offices.
Currently in its 9th year, Saper Law Immersion Program offers high school and college students the opportunity to explore legal career paths in one exciting week. The course takes place at Saper Law Offices and is taught by Daliah Saper and other Saper Law attorneys. For the 2022 program, the curriculum consists of negotiation and writing exercises, field trips, and mock legal proceedings. Since Saper Law practices heavily in the areas of social media and digital technology, a key component of the exercises will involve entertainment, business, and internet-related legal case studies.
Both high school and college students are encouraged to apply via the Saper Immersion website. Applications for the 2021 session are due July 15. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to apply early. The deadline for application withdrawal is July 15.
Since 2005, Saper Law has represented a wide variety of clients from around the world. Our attorneys have made headlines for tackling
Since 2005, Saper Law has represented a wide variety of clients from around the world. Our attorneys have made headlines for tackling novel internet and social media cases, and we are consistently ranked as a top law firm for intellectual property, entertainment, new media, and business law. Join us for a toast to celebrate our 17th anniversary! Tuesday evening August 2nd from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at I|O Godfrey Roofscape.
Tickets are $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Highland Park, IL Parade Shooting Victims Fund.
Should You Buy a Bored Ape?
The Rise and Fall of NFTs From a Legal Perspective Since 2020, Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)
Should You Buy a Bored Ape? The Rise and Fall of NFTs From a Legal Perspective
Since 2020, Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) have increasingly grown in popularity. Individuals, small and big businesses, and celebrities have all jumped on the NFT bandwagon – creating, selling, and investing in NFTs. But what exactly are they and why should you or your business care? What are the legal considerations, benefits, and pitfalls of creating or investing in an NFT? We will be discussing these questions with special guest speaker Phil Gomes.